BBC TV’s MICHAEL PORTILLO TAKES THE HELM OF PENARTH TRAINING SHIP ‘CHALLENGE WALES’

BBC presenter Michael Portillo – wearing a hat to keep the rain off – at the helm of the Penarth-based training yacht “Challenge Wales” -during filming for Great Railway Journeys” with members of the  Challenge Wales team (Photo Boundless)

BBC “Great Railway Journeys” presenter  (and former politician)   Michael Portillo has been taking the helm of the Penarth-based training yacht “Challenge Wales” in the latest episode of his tv series shown last night.

The sail training  provided by Challenge Wales aims to give young people opportuniotiers to learn “life skills” which can build confidence, teamwork, motivation and help them present themselves to future employers.

Michael Portillo soaked to the skin on board Challenge Wales in Cardiff Bay

All young people aged 12 – 25 years can apply for bursary funding to subsidise their voyages. In 2017, Challenge Wales received the ‘UK Sail Training Vessel of the Year’ award from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency and the Association of Sail Training Organisations.

The new Challenge Wales schooner “Ocean Venture” at her berth in Penarth

Meanwhile, the Challenge Wales organisation has taken ownership of a second ocean-going vessel – a  60ft schooner, currently named Ocean Venture which is also based at Penarth.  Slightly smaller than the 72 foot Challenge Wales yacht, the additional vessel will enable  sail training activities to be expanded into North and West Wales, Ireland and other ports around the UK.

The project has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government and through the Social Business Growth Fund, which is managed by WCVA (Welsh Council of Voluntary Action).

The project has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government and through the Social Business Growth Fund, which is managed by WCVA (Welsh Council of Voluntary Action).  2018 has been designated as The Year of the Sea – a celebration in which both the Challenge Wales vessels will be involved.

 

 

 

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8 Responses to BBC TV’s MICHAEL PORTILLO TAKES THE HELM OF PENARTH TRAINING SHIP ‘CHALLENGE WALES’

  1. Philip Rapier says:

    Any chance of donating the programme fee towards repairing our swing-bridge?
    Former Tory Defence Secretary Michael Portillo, all at sea here and not for the first time as according to the Duke of Edinburgh. he shipwrecked any hope of saving the Royal Yacht Britannia for active service.
    ‘When Portillo got involved, he made a complete b******s of it!’ -said the Duke
    Apparently the Duke informed his biographer Gyles Brandreth that Portillo’s handling of the decommissioning of Britannia and his failure to replace it was ‘absolutely idiotic’.
    Says Brandreth: ‘The Duke told me the Labour government of the late Forties handled the issue of financing the new royal yacht much more effectively than the Conservative government of the Nineties.’
    Daily Mail June 2011

    • The Tax payer says:

      If The Challenge Wales team have received any payment towards the very good work they do and good luck to them. Please give just one good reason why it should go towards any bridge repairs ??
      And I didn’t know you are a part owner of the said bridge as you have said (Our Bridge) And if so pay for it yourself Philip and don’t expect others to carry you in life 👍😎

    • Ralph says:

      Portillo did not handle the decommissioning of Britannia, the Blair Labour Government did.
      In fact Portillo advocated the commissioning of a new Royal Yacht but failed to gain the support of the then labour opposition. When Labour won the coming election, Blair, under some pressure from Gordon Brown, decommissioned Britannia and announced that no replacement would be built.
      Since the estimated build cost was around £100 million and the running cost at around £11million per year of tax payers money this seems like a sensible decision.

  2. Chris David says:

    Or did he accomplish what he set out to do re Britannia. Love him or hate him Portillo is a clever chap and I personally like his railway programmes. Isn’t this Challenge Wales programme a good thing?

  3. Ben Salter says:

    I did some filming with him a few years back

    Michael Portillo takes a trip on Daffodil
    • Chris David says:

      Tidy- didn’t know your boat flew thought. Maybe you were after flying fish 🙂

  4. snoggerdog says:

    ullo sailors,mind yer backs!

  5. LeighA says:

    Who’s going to step in and cover the lost funding from the European Regional Development Fund after Brexit?

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