Wales’s largest sailing vessel – the 72 foot round-the-world ocean racer “Challenge Wales” – has set sail from her home port of Penarth this weekend on a 60-day voyage during which she’ll be taking part in the classic event the “Tall Ships Race” .
This will be the first time Challenge Wales has taken part in the entire Tall Ships Race series having twice taken part in smaller Tall Ships regattas within the UK and Ireland, and each time coming home with a trophy.
Challenge Wales – crewed by young people under a team of expert professionals – is sailing first to the South Coast of England and ill then be heading over to Belgium, Spain and Portugal to take part in what is regarded as the largest and most visual young person’s event in Europe.
A significant bursary fund has been made available for young people in Penarth and other parts of Wales to enable them to join the ship later for some of the legs of the Tall Ships’ events – ideal for those aged between 17 and 25 who are looking for a real adventure. Challenge Wales says it’s not too late to sign up now and jump aboard .
The bursary available for Welsh residents to take part in Tall Ships racing means young people can sail for less than £10 per day.
Challenge Wales will be returning to Cardiff Bay on the August Bank Holiday ready to be an exhibition boat for the Cardiff Harbour Festival.
More information on Tall Ships racing can be found at: http://www.sailtraininginternational.org.
More information on the Challenge Wales organisation can be found at http://www.challengewales.org, on Twitter @ChallengeWales or on Facebook.