Stepping foot on Challenge Wales for the first time can be a bit daunting for anyone. But for the young people who sailed Challenge Wales from Cardiff to Cowes for the famous Round The Island Race it was a fantastic achievement.
It was a 3.15am wake up call, 04.00am departure from the pontoon and an 05.00am start. Luckily by then the sun was rising and the silhouettes of hundreds and hundreds of boats on the horizon was behind us.
It was exciting to race against five other Challenge boats (boats like us!) and a great achievement for all those onboard when we beat them all (and half the Clipper fleet). All those onboard Challenge Wales worked together, knowing what they had to do and when and guided by the crew. We became a well-oiled machine.
The start of Round the Island Race on 01 June 2013 was also the start of Volunteers Week so at the end of the race not only did the young people onboard receive their Challenge Wales Achievement Certificates but the volunteers who had crewed the boat to the South Coast and raced received their own Volunteers Week certificates (picture below) signed by the First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM to acknowledge the commitment our volunteers give.
Well done everyone!
Challenge Wales takes part in a variety of voyages some of which culminate in races. With no sailing or racing experience required these voyages provide fantastic team building and competitive opportunities, with bursary funding for those eligible. Challenge Wales will be taking part in the Lyver Trophy (04 – 08 July – Starting/returning to Milford Haven and the race is from North Wales to Dublin and the Small Ships Youth Race from Ipswich to Cowes at the end of August). Get in touch if you fancy joining us!