BRIGHT START FOR PENARTH MARINA’S ANNUAL OPEN DAY

There's something for all ages at today's Penarth Quays Marina Open Day

There’s something for all ages at today’s Penarth Quays Marina Open Day

Today’s sunny and dry weather has been drawing visitors and locals alike to Penarth Quays Marina’s annual Open Day – which continues until this evening.

A wide variety of stalls has been set up at the Boat Hoist – near the Wigmore Wright/ Team Marine chandlers.

The crew of Challenge Wales will be stargazing out at sea tonight

The crew of Challenge Wales will be stargazing out at sea tonight

The Penarth-based Round-the-World racing yacht Challenge Wales‘s stall is offering youngsters and adults an opportunity to sample life under sail on board the nation’s largest sailing vessel. Currently Challenge Wales is on a non-stop Bristol Channel cruise with a full crew sailing through the night under the stars and tonight keeping a sharp look out for the International Space Station.

A yachtsman verifies his lifejacket will actually work. Laurie Pavlin (right) of the RNLI is providing free lifejacket safety checks at today's Open Day

A yachtsman is about to have Laurie Pavelin (right) of the RNLI carrying out a check that his lifejacket will actually work . Laurie is  providing free lifejacket safety checks at today’s Open Day

For yachtsmen who want to check whether the automatic inflation system on their lifejackets really will work (they often don’t if not maintained) the RNLI has a stall offering a free safety-checking service…It’s less hassle to find out if it really works in the open day rather than out in the open water.

This year there’s also an extended retailing area selling everything from hand-made jewellery, to artisan fashion goods, home accessories and even photographic services.

A familiar name at the event is Val Wigmore -wife of Gareth Wigmore of Wigmore Wright who runs her own handcrafted jewelllery business

A familiar name at the event is Vivienne Wigmore -wife of Gareth Wigmore of Wigmore Wright  – who runs her own handcrafted jewellery business and has a stall at the Open Day

There couldn't be a proper maritime event without a pirate turnign up - and in this case it's a fashion brand "Pocket Pirate" developed by marina resident and entpreneur Alice whose £19 Pocket Emergency Kit is guaranteed to come to the rescue. Alice recycles used textiles and leather to make her range of unique purses and bags.

There couldn’t be a proper maritime event without a pirate – and in this case it’s a fashion brand “Pocket Pirate” developed by marina resident and entrepreneur Alice whose £19 Pocket Emergency Kit is guaranteed to come to the rescue in almost any situation. Alice also recycles used fabric samples  and leather to make her range of unique purses and bags.

Photographer Tunde Katona hails from Hungary but has set up her photographic business in Penarth

Photographer Tunde Katona hails from Hungary but has set up her photographic business in Penarth and is displaying her work at the Penarth Marina Open Day

Another familiar local name at the open day is Rabaiotti where stall selling an attractive range of hand-made household accessories is  being run by Margaret Rabaiotti wife of lifeboat member Andrew Rabaiotti

Nothing like sea air for giving people an appetite - being satisfied here on the Penarth boat hoist dock by fresh savoury beefburgers

Nothing like sea air for giving people an appetite – being satisfied here on the Penarth boat hoist dock by fresh savoury beefburgers

For younger children at the Marina Open Day there’s a bouncy castle where they can let off steam – whilst older ones can get to grips with learning to row in the safety of the Marina.

Youngsters at the Open Day learning to row near the replica C15th century caravel Matthew - in which John Cabot sailed across the Atlantic to find Newfoundland

Youngsters at the Open Day learning to row near the replica C15th century caravel Matthew – in which John Cabot sailed across the Atlantic to find Newfoundland

They’re doing so in the shadow of the replica 15th century caravel Matthew  – in which in 1497 the Bristol navigator John Cabot sailed to North America – and back  – a floating inspiration to a future generation of young sailors.

The Penarth Marina Open Day continues until 18:00 this evening.

 

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