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Hundreds make Cardiff’s RNLI sail day a fundraising success

Lifeboats News Release

A total of 28 yachts, with 250 people aboard, helped raised £24 000 for the RNLI charity by taking part in Cardiff Sail Day.

The lifesaving charity is overjoyed with the total, and is already calling on people to register their interest in taking part in next year’s race. The event depends on local yacht owners donating their time and the use of their vessels to enable corporate sponsors to sail on their vessels.

After first meeting in Cardiff Bay, the 15 mile race started at Penarth Pier and the course plotted a route across the Bristol Channel towards Weston-super-Mare, next heading for Bristol, across to Newport, before returning to Penarth Pier. This year's participants were treated to a closer look at RNLI lifeboats, from Barry Dock and Penarth.

The winning boat was Turkana owned by Tony Rayer and sponsored by Simon Clarke of Retrofit/Techni3 who won the Trophy originally donated by WT Davies some 25 years ago and whose widow, Joan Davies, presented it to the winners.  A close second was Forward Thinking owned by Steve Nicholls sponsored by Alison Hoy of Berry Smith. After the sail, participants were invited to the Dock in Cardiff Bay for a buffet, generously donated raffle prizes and a celebration to mark the success of the day.

Cardiff RNLI chairman Colin Lyons said:

‘Every year this event goes from strength to strength with more and more yachts and corporate sponsors offering their support. The aim of the event is simple; to make as much as we can for the RNLI, one of the best charities in the world.  Our grateful thanks go to the boat owners from Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, Penarth Marina. Penarth & Cardiff Yacht Clubs  and Cardiff Marina providing their boats freely so that the sponsors can have an enjoyable day sailing in the Bristol Channel’

RNLI Community Fundraising Manager Jen Abell said:

‘The incredible effort put in by everyone who participates in the Cardiff Sail Day is of huge support to the RNLI and indeed one of our largest fundraising events in south Wales.’

If you would like to participate in next year’s event, please contact the RNLI’s Community Support Team on ‪0300 300 9901‬‬

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For more information please telephone Penarth Lifeboat Press Officer Andy Berry on 07951 051128.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland