Menai Bridge

Head of Unit
Alan Hughes

Deputy Head of Unit
Robert Hughes-Mullock
Tel: 01492 641254

Unit Email:

Located on the fringes of the Snowdonia National Park and in the shadow of the historic suspension bridge, the Menai Bridge Unit meets weekly at our HQ on the small island of Ynys Gaint, which is accessed by a narrow single track bridge.

We meet on Wednesday night at 19:30 for two hours in addition to ad hoc days for longer courses which are usually at weekends.

At Menai Bridge we offer potential members the chance to participate in our “The World Is Your Oyster” scheme.

Over a minimum two-year period we will offer the opportunity to gain four key basic seagoing qualifications: RYA Powerboat (Level 2), RYA Diesel Engine, RYA First Aid and assistance in gaining RYA/MCA Short Range Certificate VHF Radio with GMDSS which is now a self-guided computer based training course with classroom training if desired.

Our ongoing weekly training focuses on all the elements of RYA Day Skipper (Theory) such that the entire RYA Basic Navigation & Safety course is also covered. When candidates feel ready, we ask an external assessor to visit and assess members’ Day Skipper Theory skills to award the ticket.
Interspersed with regular Day Skipper training to keep people fresh and informed are more advanced elements for Coastal Skipper and Yachtmaster Theory plus practical skills like splicing and whipping.

It was none other than Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson who once described the Menai Strait as “one of the most treacherous stretches of sea in the world”.
It is on these same waters that we are based, with potential members being offered the opportunity to train in these challenging conditions.

Within easy reach of the unit are several stretches of coastline and the unit maintains strong links with the maritime community in the area including Prifysgol Bangor University’s School of Ocean Science, RNLI Stations across Anglesey, HM Coastguard in Holyhead and ‘C’ Flight No. 22 Squadron (Search & Rescue) at nearby RAF Valley.

For more information about MVS Menai Bridge Unit please contact the Deputy Head of Unit Robert Hughes-Mullock (details at top of page).

Photo shows nine MVS members being presented with their RYA Day Skipper (Theory) certificates by Giles Pepperell (RVO, North Wales), H. Alan Hughes (HoU, MVS Menai Bridge) and Robert Hughes-Mullock (DHoU, MVS Menai Bridge)