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Cardiff Sail day raises thousands for RNLI charity

Lifeboats News Release

A flotilla of yachts departed from Cardiff on 22 June 2018, their mission to enjoy a sail in the Bristol Channel whilst raising lifesaving funds for the RNLI.

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Penarth's Atlantic lifeboat with sail day flotilla
The Cardiff Branch RNLI sail day this year was another huge success. With 22 boats taking part, a great deal of sunshine and just enough breeze, the course was set deliberately short to keep the fleet close enough for some friendly banter between the rival skippers.

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 our sponsors guests. We had close to 200 people taking part and the donations, raffle and auction raised over £25,000 again this year.

Particular thanks must go to: SA Brain & Co for hosting the event at ’The Dock’, Mermaid Quay; Moondance Foundation for being the headline sponsor and Sky Business for supporting our aim to reduce plastic in our oceans by donating aluminium drinking bottles for everyone.

Speaking at the event, Philip Lay from RNLI Penarth station said, 'each year this event builds on the success of previous events.So many people have helped and donated to the event, which has raised a terrific sum for the RNLI. These funds will really help us continue to save lives at sea by providing us with the very best training, equipment, and boats. The event is now firmly established and we are delighted to announce that next years event will take place on Friday14 June 2019.

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact Andy Berry, lifeboat press officer, Penarth RNLI station 07951 051128.

RNLI/Andy Berry

The generous skippers and crew who supported the RNLI Cardiff sail day

RNLI/Andy Berry

Joyride leading the flotilla at the start


Penarth atlantic lifeboat with two of the sail day yachts

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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