Penarth Marina Open Day happily coincided with the Royal Wedding

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.

A tight high-speed turn as the Action Man at the helm steers clear of a Penarth Marina pontoon

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.

This fearsome white powerboat has been logged on Roath Park Lake at speeds well over 70 mph

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.

Unlike the real thing, this version of the Royal Yacht Britannia is very much still in commission – but just a shade too small to offer honeymoon accommodation for Harry and Meghan

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 .

Gin Bar displayed a poster advising visitors to “Save Water- Drink Gin”

A poster advertising the gin advised visitors to environmentally responsible and to “Save Water – Drink  Gin” . Many appeared to be heeding that advice .

Flame -cooked pizzas were onthe menu at the Marina Open Day 

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 .

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  1. penarthblog says:

    This reminds me of a photo in the Albion showing speed boats on the beach in 1967.

  2. Wild West says:

    What a lovely event this looks.
    Wish I’d known about it.
    I’d have wolfed down one of those clay oven cooked pizzas.

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