Cardiff Sailing Centre

Cardiff Sailing Centre (Welsh: Canolfan Hwylio Caerdydd) is a Cardiff Council run watersports facility based on Cardiff Bay Barrage in Cardiff Bay.[1] The centre runs dinghy & keelboat sailing, windsurfing, powerboat and other shorebased courses.[2]


The centre opened in 1974[3] as Llanishen Sailing Centre and was based at Llanishen Reservoir in North Cardiff. It was rebranded in 2010 when the centre was forced to relocate to Cardiff Bay due to the draining of the reservoir[4][5] but is still one of the major watersports centre's in Wales.

The centre has produced a number of Welsh national, GB National and international sailors over the years, including Olympic Gold & Silver medallist Hannah Mills MBE who started sailing at the centre in 1996[6][7][8] and won the Silver Medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in Weymouth[6] and the Gold Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[9]

A number of regional, national and international events have been held at the centre over the years, including the 2001 Summer Games of the Special Olympics UK[10] and recently facilitating the hosting of the Extreme Sailing Series since 2011[11] and the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race.[12]


  1. ^ Stone, Nick Dalton & Deborah (2008). Frommer's Wales with your family from cliff-top castles to sandy coves (1st ed.). Chichester, West Sussex: John Wiley & Sons. p. 36. ISBN 9780470714645.
  2. ^ "RYA - Cardiff Sailing Centre". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ "2004 is the 30th (pearl) Anniversary of the Centre as a Council run RYA Training Centre". Llanishen Sailing Centre. Archived from the original on 5 December 2003. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Reservoir safety fears make sailing club move". 6 April 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Sailing club's frustration as Llanishen reservoir levels fall". 15 March 2002. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Silver delight for Olympic 2012 sailor Hannah Mills". BBC. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ Stuart, Hamish (20 September 2011). "Hannah's Olympic boost for Welsh sailing". Yachts and Yachting. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Behind Every Star - Hannah Mills and Ollie Green". Sport Wales. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  9. ^ "Rio Olympics 2016: Britain's Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark win 470 sailing gold". BBC Sport. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Special Olympics 2001 - Sailing Results" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 July 2004. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Racers don't want to sail away from Cardiff". Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Cardiff unveiled as Host Port for 2017-18". 6 March 2013. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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