Yacht Scooby circumnavigates Wales for Rhyl RNLI's Shannon Appeal.
Yes, it can be done! Former Rhyl harbour master Arthur Davies set off early June to travel around all of Wales using navigable rivers, canals, and the sea.
Arthur, his wife, and Tony Parvin set off in Arthur's yacht 'Scooby' from Rhyl harbour, travelling by sea to Ellesmere Port, then via rivers and canals to Gloucester, and then around the coast, arriving back in Rhyl on Monday June 25. The effort was to support and raise funds for the RNLI volunteers at Rhyl , who are trying to raise £150,000 towards the Rhyl Shannon appeal. Their adventure has been recorded on the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=the%20yacht%20scooby .
The volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat to meet up with Yacht Scooby off Kinmel Bay, and escorted the boat into Rhyl harbour, to be greeted by Arthur's friends and well-wishers.
Arthur has a justgiving page if you wish to donate to either the Rhyl Shannon Appeal or St. David's Hospice, this can be found at https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.justgiving.com%2Fcrowdfunding%2Fsandra-davies&h=AT0...
Rhyl's Shannon Appeal can be found at https://rnli.org/support-us/give-money/give-to-a-special-appeal/rhyl-lifeboat-appeal if you wish to donate direct.
Martin Jones, Coxswain of the charity's lifeboat at Rhyl says ' The whole crew are very grateful to Arthur, Sandra and tony for their intrepid adventure and to support our new lifeboat appeal. We have had a great relationship with Arthur in his role as Rhyl harbour master, and hope to continue our friendship now that he has retired'.
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