This is the big one, the sport that Abersoch has made its own. For the uninitiated, it’s a cross between waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing. To find out how it’s done, sign up for lessons with a local expert.
If the idea of a regatta conjures up uneasy thoughts of cliquey boating types in stripy blazers, think again. Abersoch’s annual regatta mixes up serious dinghy races with happy-go-lucky family events such as raft racing, a sandcastle contest and competitive crab catching. It’s held in early August.
Experienced dinghy sailors love Abersoch. It’s a great place to learn the ropes, too. Local sailing schools can offer lessons for complete beginners and RYA courses for those keen to gain a qualification. They also have a variety of boats for hire, from lasers and darts to a skippered seven-metre yacht.
Hire a sea kayak at Abersoch to be on the water in no time. Stable and easy, kayaking is a fun way to explore the bay and get a healthy workout into the bargain. A double kayak will test your team skills to the max.
Laser Funboat sailing
The manufacturers claim that if you can ride a bike, you can sail a Funboat. While they don’t have pedals or a handlebar, these nifty little dinghies are very stable and perfect for near beginners. They take solo sailors, two adults or one adult and two kids.
Two miles southwest of Abersoch, Porth Neigwl, also known as Hell’s Mouth, is a cracking surf beach. Even beginners can tackle the waves here, although an undertow and occasional jellyfish make it less good for swimming. Local outfits rent and sell boards, offer lessons and post surf reports online.
So you want to get out on the water, but don’t want to work too hard? Relax – just pick up a pedalo and potter along the shore at your own pace. They’re fantastic for families, with room for two adults and two kids.
Abersoch’s main beach is always busy with swimmers on warm summer days. And in January, keen beans can shake off their festival hangover by rushing into the sea for the annual RNLI New Year’s Day Dip. Fancy dress is encouraged – expect plenty of Santas, mermaids and sea monsters.
Ready to crank up the speed? Local accredited sailing schools will make sure you have a safe and exciting time on the water. Alternatively, launch your own boat from the Golf Road slipway. With fine scenery, the bay is a spectacular place to feel the breeze.