There has been no repeat this weekend of the somewhat strained relations of a week ago between anglers and sailors off Penarth : in fact this weekend the anglers have been giving the yachtsmen a helping hand.
Last weekend one anchored fishing boat – Jabberwocky – had lodged a complaint with HM Coastguards at Milford Haven against the big racing yacht Challenge Wales which – the anglers alleged – had sailed so close to them she had interfered with their fishing lines.
Challenge Wales said later “A close quarters situation took place with another vessel when Challenge Wales was under sail. At the time “Challenge Wales” was amongst a fleet of other yachts (although not participating in their event) and was not aware of any damage to fishing lines.”
Yesterday morning there was some tight manoeuvering on the start line of a “frostbite” race off Penarth Pier in calm seas and light airs.
The wind picked up from the north later in the morning and at end of the race a yacht from Cardiff Yacht Club “Pointer” had trouble re-starting her engine to return to Cardiff Bay.
However a local fishing boat “Poppy” – with several anglers aboard – did the decent thing and volunteered to tow “Pointer” safely back to the locks at the Penarth end of the Barrage …and there was no need to trouble Penarth lifeboat.
It was in fact a double good-deed: “Poppy” also picked up a small disabled motorboat and brought her in at the same time …saving the hard-worked crews of Penarth lifeboat from having to launch.