Plas Heli

The Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre .


Sunday 16th June 2019

What is the Jester Challenge?

Ewen Southby-Tailyour once descibed it as ‘a modern experiment in old-fashioned self-reliance, self-sufficiency and personal responsibility’ whereby single-handed sailors pit them selves against the worst the Atlantic can throw at them to reach The Azores or North America.

Every two years a group of hardy sailors head for Plymouth to sail the Atlantic. The Challenge in 2018 will see them head off to Newport, Rhode Island. 2020 will likely see them head to The Azores, and in the intervening odd years several hardy sailors will head off to Baltimore in Ireland. That is about it. It is not a club. Each sailor takes responsibility for him or herself. There are no boat safety checks and no entry fees. As somebody once said, they are just a bunch of delightfully mad people who enjoy the self-sufficiency and the solitude of sailing.

This year (2019 ) there are two shorter passage, one from Plymouth and the other from Pwllheli. The destination for both is Baltiimore Ireland.

The Pwllheli Start.

CHPSC will provide a Start on Sunday 16/06/19.   It will be the Sailing Club line (shore based), full details at the Skippers briefing. The start time will be 11.00 hours, in line with Plymouth and Ewen’s non sailing instructions. High tide is 08.00 BST; 3 hours before the start, and a spring tide. Be aware of the strong ebb which starts about 2 hours after high water. Deeper draft vessels will have no problems with the depth of water in the channel.


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