The event was held in the Eco-Lounge of the Volvo
Ocean Race Village, coming just two days after Challenge Wales vessel Adventure
Wales had won the Environment Award at the Tall Ships Regatta in Liverpool.
The Environmental Project is the
latest addition to the Challenge Wales programme to give young people who
participate on sailing days and voyages an opportunity to get an accredited
qualification to add to their CV.
After the launch, Dee Caffari (pictured, Bokeh Photography) was on hand to
answer questions about life at sea and plastic pollution.
The young people also get the
chance to improve a host of life-skills through the process of hands-on big
boat sailing and its development is part of the charity’s Voyages
of Discovery Big Lottery funded project.
Challenge Wales has been
undertaking other environmental initiatives over the years including being part
of a global citizen science project and measuring plankton levels, bringing
science to life with experiences and working with the warden on Lundy Island to
Challenge Wales has also worked
with both Cardiff and Plymouth universities on marine-related activities.
It has been a big week for the Penarth based
charity. “Not only has it been our first voyage in Adventure Wales but
she has picked up her first award too,” explained Vicky Williams, Trustee of
“It’s been a week of firsts for Adventure
Wales. Her first proper voyage adventuring around the Welsh coast and
into England, her first visit to Neyland in West Wales, her first visit to
Aberystwyth, her first visit to Pwllhelli, her first visit to the City of
Liverpool, her first group of trainees on board and her first Tall
“But the icing on the cake was being publicly told
at the Tall Ships awards ceremony in Liverpool that Adventure
Wales had won the Environment Award.
"The Challenge Wales charity has put sustainability
at the heart of its sail training programme.
“A few years ago the charity started measuring
plankton as part of a global citizen science project, we’ve had microscopes
on board looking at what is under the surface of the water, we’ve looked at our
own recycling systems on board our vessels and identified how we can link into
other marine action plans to help the environment.
“We’re currently waiting for our first order of
reusable water bottles to give every young person as we aim to ban one-use
water bottles coming on board and more recently we have developed an accredited
learning programme around an environmental project which we hope will inspire
our young people to help us all do our bit for the planet.”
Challenge Wales also took advantage of having one
of the biggest sailing events in the world on their doorstep, by taking to the
water to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race fleet into Cardiff, as well as being able
to get guests on board up close to the racing action in the in-port race and
the race start.