The Royal Wedding didn’t appear to have dented the turn out for Penarth Marina’s annual open day yesterday where one of the big attractions was a display of 25 hand-built model boats being exhibited by members of the Cardiff Marine Modellers society .
The models that these hobbyists however are not glass-case exhibition models – but sophisticated radio-controlled boats which can take to the water and comfortably outpace every other full size boat in the Cardiff Bay.
One of the eye-catching mini-powerboats was a yellow craft – made by the chairman of the society – which can comfortably exceed 40 mph.
On this boat a burly Action Man model hangs on for dear life as the boat planes across the water at a pace which comfortably infringed every speed limit in the Marina.
With a nod to the sustainability all the boats are electrically powered – but at least one has been timed at more than 70 miles an hour on the club’s usual boating venue – Roath Park Lake.
The Penarth Quays Marina open day – which featured a number of stalls with a boating theme – serendipitously coincided with the Royal Wedding – thus giving visitors an opportunity to celebrate at special gin bar set up at the boat hoist dock .
A poster advertising the gin advised visitors to environmentally responsible and to “Save Water – Drink Gin” . Many appeared to be heeding that advice .
To complement the alcohol, freshly cooked pizzas were being cooked in a mobile van equipped with a chimney and a real clay oven complete with impressive – real – flames .