‘CHALLENGE WALES’ RETURNS TO PENARTH AFTER 60-DAY VOYAGE

The largest sailing vessel in Wales "Challenge Wales" is swarfed by a cargo ship as she passes in Innter Wrach buoy (albeit on the wrong side) on her way back into Penarth Marina

The largest sailing vessel in Wales “Challenge Wales” is dwarfed by a cargo ship as she passes the Inner Wrach buoy (albeit out of the main channel) on her way back into Penarth Marina. [ Ships and yachts usually “drive on the right” and pass each other port-side to port-side].   

After  a 60-day-long, 4,000 mile voyage, Wales’s tallest Tall Ship “Challenge Wales” arrived home in Penarth today in time to be the feature boat at the forthcoming Cardiff Harbour Festival.

Challenge Wales departed Penarth in June and set sail to Belgium before taking part in the largest young person’s event in Europe – the Tall Ships’ Races, which took her  to Lisbon , Cadiz and La Coruna .

Young people aboard Challenge Wales learned to work as a team in 3-hour watches

Young people aboard Challenge Wales learned to work as a team in 3-hour watches

Young people from all parts of Wales  North, Mid, West and South Wales had signed up to take part in different legs of the voyage . All those aboard Challenge Wales worked as a team and in 3-hour watches making sure that the boat finished each leg as quick as possible.

Challenge Wales took an outside berth in the line of up "Tall Ships " in Lisbon

Challenge Wales took an outside berth in the line of up “Tall Ships ” in Lisbon

At times in Spain and Portugal temperatures reached 40 degrees centigrade during the day and winds ranged from 0 knots to 40 . During her summer adventure, Challenge Wales was presented with an Environment Award, and Blue Flag, for her commitment to protecting the oceans and a trophy for being 3rd in Class for one of the Tall Ships legs.

On her way back from Spain to Cardiff, Challenge Wales nipped into Dartmouth for a Small Ships Race with another group of young people embarking in an event involving  20 other sail training vessels. Challenge Wales  took Line Honours (1st in Class) in the Small Ships’ practice race and 3rd in Class in the 150-mile race proper.

The mainsail is lowered for the last time today at the end of 60 days at sea

The mainsail is lowered for the last time today at the end of 60 days at sea

On Sunday and Monday (August 28th and 29th) Challenge Wales will be offering free guided tours to those visiting the Cardiff Harbour Festival where she will be the only exhibition boat on public display.

 

 

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3 Responses to ‘CHALLENGE WALES’ RETURNS TO PENARTH AFTER 60-DAY VOYAGE

  1. Mgg says:

    A 3 hour watch ?. manufacturing isn’t what it was

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    SHIP BEFORE SAIL

  3. CelticMan says:

    Good for Challenge Wales – I remember when they were one of several boats on show at the
    Festival and I crewed for them for a day afterwards. The Festival is not what it was and is just a normal summer day with a few power boats zooming around. No fish filleting competition or interesting food stalls or plant sales. At least Challenge Wales are still there.

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