Anglesey's coastline is among the world's finest comprising cliffs, sandy beaches, historic bridges, castles and lighthouses, islets, iconic beauty spots and tidal waters with complex challenging currents. Nelson, whose statue overlooks the 'Swellies', the stretch of water between the two bridges on the Menai Straits, is reputed to have said that if you can sail a boat around Anglesey, you can sail a boat around the world. However, the rewards of sailing North Wales' most beautiful coastline is immense.
There are a number of sailing clubs on the island, many of which run tuition and weekly racing, and play host to seasonal regattas:
- Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, Beaumaris
- North West Venturers Yacht Club, Beaumaris
- Trearddur Bay Sailing Club
- Red Wharf Bay Sailing & Watersport's Club
- Traeth Coch Sailing Club
- Rhosneigr Boat Owners Association
- Holyhead Sailing Club
The Menai Straits One Design (MSOD), a classic 20ft (6m) sailing boat built of mahogany on oak frames was specifically designed and built in 1937 to navigate the waters of the Menai Straits and and today these classic boats still compete in races organised by the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club on Saturday afternoons and Wednesday evenings in the waters opposite the hotel and are a sight to behold.
The club also plays host to the historic Menai Straits regatta, whose roots trace back tot eh 1830s when Princess Victoria visited Beaumaris and stayed at The Bulkeley and participated in the regatta in the royal yacht, 'The Emerald'. The Menai Straits Regatta is an annual two week event in July/August which includes a round Anglesey race, as well as the iconic races around Puffin Island and race from Beaumaris to Caernarfon under the two bridges and through the Swellies. This is one of the summer's classic regattas, and is host to a great many classic boats.