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 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.
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.
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.