PRINCE EDWARD BOARDS PENARTH’S ROUND-THE-WORLD YACHT – “CHALLENGE WALES”

Price Edward, Earl of Essex - visiting

Price Edward, Earl of Essex – visiting

Photographs have just been released of Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex on board Penarth’s famous round-the-world racing yacht “Challenge Wales”.

The prince was in Cardiff and Penarth to mark the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – now the world’s largest youth achievement scheme which encourages adventure, initiative and teamwork in young people between the ages of 14 and 24.

Challenge Wales regularly undertakes residential voyages as part of a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE) programme and yesterday afternoon, even though the weather wasn’t perfect, the prince donned a lifejacket, boarded the big racing yacht and joined her  professional sailors and young volunteers to sample  a short voyage from Mermaid Quay at Cardiff Bay.

Prince Edward didn't bother with a brolly on Mermaid Quay - pictures here with two young Duke of Edinbuirgh Award participants - one of whom crewed Challenge Wales from Lisbon to Cadiz and the other from Cardiff to Milford

Prince Edward didn’t bother with a brolly on Mermaid Quay – pictured here with two young Duke of Edinburgh Award participants – one of whom crewed Challenge Wales from Lisbon to Cadiz and the other from Cardiff to Milford

Before setting sail, Prince Edward was personally introduced to some of the Challenge Wales volunteers and team before he was escorted by 8 young participants in the award scheme, who would be helping to crew the boat.

Many of them have learned the ropes aboard Challenge Wales during voyages this  summer.

The 82 foot racing yacht Challenge Wales in home waters off Penarth this year

The 72 foot racing yacht Challenge Wales in her home waters off Penarth

Skipper Andy Hall said: “It was great to showcase Challenge Wales’ youth work and what we do as part of the DofE programme by having The Earl on board. For the young people who helped crew Challenge Wales across the Bay it was certainly a day with a difference and none of them had ever imagined when they sailed with us for their DofE Gold Residential that their next voyage with Challenge Wales would be with a member of the Royal family!”

After standing his – albiet truncated –  watch aboard Challenge Wales,  the prince  disembarked at Cardiff International White Water Centre to see the facilities there and later going on to Penarth to visit Stanwell School (see PDN report on  http://tinyurl.com/zfpvph8 )

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5 Responses to PRINCE EDWARD BOARDS PENARTH’S ROUND-THE-WORLD YACHT – “CHALLENGE WALES”

  1. Christopher David says:

    Him- the biggest benefit scrounging waste of space ever in the immediate royals. Still he received more medals than many a WW2 front-liner and left the services to be a luvy after a few weeks. Drips in gold braid and I know servicemen that are “bemused” (that’s being very polite) when he officiates in uniform.

  2. Christopher David says:

    Oh No Mr Church- its a stone not glass house, 16th century actually paid for out of my own earnings. How do you find out about the OBE? Mr Torrie- “doesn’t get £141,000…….” What?

  3. Christopher David says:

    Chuckle Mr Torrie such a wag eh.🙂 Well……when one can follow the text x

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