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.
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.
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 )