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 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.
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.
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
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.
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.