About Us

Work together to a common goal

The 72-foot Challenge Wales yacht was originally raced around the world in 2000, and then again in 2004, amongst 11 other identical boats. Several years later a Welsh based charity purchased the boat to enable young people to experience sail training opportunities. In June 2009 the charity was renamed Challenge Wales and restructured to enable it to drive forward and work successfully towards its original charitable goals.

Based in Cardiff Bay, South Wales, the charity Challenge Wales is run and managed by volunteers who crew the boat, help with maintenance, fundraising, administration, marketing and raising awareness of the project throughout Wales. The charity’s main aim is to help young people aged 12 — 25 years develop social and personal skills through sail training but also offers adults and corporate organisations opportunities to experience big boat sailing, team building and get involved with a youth charity.

Voyages on Challenge Wales can range from one day to a few weeks.

With 12 crew members, one of which could be you, and up to six Challenge Wales sea staff you will learn the art of safe passage making (enabling you to understand the weather, tides, charts), how to be part of a team and have an involvement in most activities on the boat including taking the helm and cooking. With most young people and clients having little or no sailing experience this is a fantastic opportunity for new teams to work together to a common goal and experience what an ocean racing yacht is like.

What you will also experience is amazing adventures, the opportunity to experience different countries and cultures, the chance to make new friends and take home great memories that will last a lifetime.

In 2010 Challenge Wales became a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Training Centre. Under the Challenge Wales Training Centre sailing qualifications can be undertaken by all ages including RYA Courses: Start Yachting, Competent Crew, Watch Leader, Day Skipper and Coastal Skipper. In 2011 Challenge Wales became an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for Gold Residential section opportunities. In 2012, the charity became an associate member of ASTO (Association of Sail Training Organisations). In 2013, Challenge Wales won the ITV People's Millions Award.

Challenge Wales is ideal for schools, colleges & universities, young persons groups, uniformed organisations, sports & social clubs or young people involved in an alternative curriculum. Depending on eligibility and funding at the time, Challenge Wales can offer young people (individuals and groups) aged 12 — 25 years a bursary to enable them to access sail training opportunities Challenge Wales offers and help them jump onboard.

In addition to youth and young people sail training trips and to help fundraise for Challenge Wales there are also opportunities for adult big boat sailing experiences, stag & hen sailing days, themed pirate birthday parties, company teambuilding and leadership activities and plenty of other trips for various ages. These opportunities are for those people aged 18-75 years!

Challenge Wales, registered charity no: 1111859
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