Rain fails to dampen the spirit of Cardiff RNLI sailday
The downpours failed to put off the crowds at the annual sailing event on Friday 7 June, which attracted 150 people.
Due to difficult sailing conditions, a synchronised start was not possible, many of the skippers taking their guests out for a relatively short, but 'invigorating' sail in the channel. Many returned with tales of mountainous waves and near horizontal rain.
The generosity of the owners to give their boats for the day and provide the comfort of experienced Skippers and crew on board makes the event really enjoyable for sponsors' guests.
A spokesperson for Penarth RNLI said: 'Particular thanks must go to our headline sponsors the Moondance Foundation and Fordthorne Cardiff. We had close to 160 people taking part and the donations, raffle and auction raised over £21,000 again this year.We'll soon be planning a 2020 event - but sadly we cannot always guarantee the weather.'
For further information please contact Andy Berry, LPO Penarth lifeboat station, 07951 051128
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.