With the sea on three sides and miles of wide navigable estuarine waters to explore, opportunities for sailing are numerous in Pembrokeshire.
There are marinas everywhere, almost every creek and inlet has its moorings and hard facilities and every coastal town or village of any size has its yacht club.
Regattas are common events in such places as Cwm-yr-Eglwys, Newport, Fishguard, Whitesands St Davids, Little Haven, Dale, Milford Haven, Pembroke Dock, Neyland, Lawrenny, Angle, Tenby and Saundersfoot, and the bigger keel boats and yachts find perfect sailing in Milford Haven Waterway.
There are few sights so magnificent as a fleet of keel boats and ocean-going yachts in full sail, spinnakers billowing, speeding round the competition courses in the Haven. Milford Haven has been the setting for many international sailing and power-boating events and in 1991 hosted the start of the spectacular Tall Ships Race, which brought a magnificent fleet of sailing vessels into the harbour, which Nelson described as the finest deep water harbour in the world, with Trincomalee in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Milford Haven has also been the embarkation point for trans-Atlantic yachtsmen and women. Val Howells set sail from there on his successful bid, and Nicolette Milnes-Walker also set sail from Dale for her successful crossing.
Facilities for tuition are availabe from many of the Yacht Clubs and from the multiplicity of watersports providers in the county.
A major source of instruction is Pembrokeshire Adventure Centre at Cleddau Reach, Pembroke Dock, where watersports of all kinds are taught and practised by schools, colleges, individuals and clubs from all over the UK. Sailing is high on their list of activities and there are perfect conditions for learning and competitive sailing both in the sheltered waters of Cleddau Reach and in the wide estuary between Pembroke Dock and Lawrenny. Run by the Princes Trust, all the Centre’s profits are directly invested in the future of young people, promoting social inclusion, character and confidence building adventure and economic activity. Their contact numbers are: 01646-622013 or firstname.lastname@example.org or princes-trust.org.uk/adventure.
Sealyham Activity Centre, just off the A40 Haverfordwest- Fishguard trunk road near Letterston, is another provider which includes sailing among its many other watersports and other outdoor activities. Contacts: 01348-840763 or enquiries@sealyham,com. or www.sealyham.com. The local Yachts Clubs are: Fishguard at Lower Town Harbour; Newport Boat Cub at The Parrog (01239-820503), Neyland Yacht Club at The Promenade (01646-600267);Pembrokeshire Yacht Club at Gellyswick Bay, Milford Haven (01646-692799); Saundersfoot Sailing Club at the Harbour (01834-812492) and Tenby ailing Club at The Harbour (01834-842762).
The National Park Tourist Information Centres are: Oriel y Parc at St Davids, telephone 01437-720392 or email@example.com or www.orielyparc.co.uk. Newport TIC in Long Street, telephone 01239-820912 or newportTIC@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk and Tenby TIC at South Parade, telephone 01834-845040 or firstname.lastname@example.org