Well, what a fantastic weekend that was. The 21 and 22 July 2012 was the Bristol Harbour Festival and not only was the atmosphere electric, an eclectic mix of boats dressed with flags galore and music bouncing around the quayside but it could have even been the sunniest (and also hottest) weekend of the year.
Once again, Challenge Wales was moored just outside the ever-popular Brunel’s Buttery during the festival weekend and yet again the Welsh sail training vessel was welcoming hundreds of people onboard and telling the Challenge Wales story.
It was great that so many people from the Bristol and surrounding areas were interested in learning more, sharing in the project and wanting to get involved. It was also fantastic that lots of volunteers were onhand to ensure the boat was ship shape ready for visitors and were able to talk about their own positive experiences on the boat. In fact it was some of the young people who have benefited from sail training that gave visitors the guided tour.
And the observation of the day came from a 6 year old who summarised the key points of his Challenge Wales guided tour: “So, a 72 foot boat, 95 foot high mast, 18 bunks, no bath and you have an Irish chick living onboard!” – For those who haven’t seen our Facebook page the ‘Irish chick’ is a cuddly ‘angry-looking duck that was adopted on one of our youth voyages to Ireland as you can see below. Looking forward to seeing Bristol again very soon!