Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers: Official Partners

Challenge Wales: Official Partner

The Challenge Wales Charity

Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers

The 72-ft yacht, Challenge Wales has sailed around the world twice in the Global Challenge Races and is now run by the Challenge Wales charity and used predominantly for sail training.

Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers as sponsor

Sail training teaches young people life skills to improve their employment prospects and broaden their horizons including learning teamwork and communication skills, decision making and planning skills, learning about resilience and respect as well as developing self-confidence. This is all undertaken on board Challenge Wales in a positive, can-do, environment often outside normal individual comfort zones.

Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers

The Charity works with a variety of young people’s groups and individuals including schools, colleges and universities; housing associations, unemployed young people, young carers, blind and visually impaired and with those on the autistic spectrum.

Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers

In 2017 the charity won 'UK Sail Training Vessel of the Year' the highest award in its industry for its innovative youth programme.

Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers: Official Partners

Challenge Wales and Red Dragon Flagmakers partnered up in early 2017 to promote their mutual social mission and enabling of people of every age through skills, empowerment and adventure. 

Red Dragon's proven business model and social mission rehabilitates those who may have previously been excluded from mainstream employment routes through a soon to be accredited eight stage training schedule.   Since launch in January 2014, c.100 people have been empowered in this way.

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The Challenge Wales adventure is one of the incredible life-changing opportunities available and reward for those rehabilitated through and working with Red Dragon Flagmakers which supplies the ensigns, courtesy flags, branded insignia and livery for the Challenge Wales vessel to ensure that wherever she sails and berths, she represents Wales proudly and dressed appropriately.

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Challenge Wales values


Schools and youth group opportunities

Challenge Wales works with young people aged 12 – 25 years and all Welsh residents are subsidised through the Challenge Wales bursary scheme, available whether a person joins as part of a group or as one person.

Thank you for an amazing opportunity and experience. Being quite shy I thought it would be hard to make friends but everyone made me feel at home straight away. The Tall Ships Race was probably the best experience I have ever had. Without your bursary funding I would never have had this life-changing experience. Rhiannon, 17

Types of voyages – day voyages

For the younger age range, 12–15 we offer day voyages, in and out of the same port. Our home port is Penarth, near Cardiff Bay. Those aged 12–15 years would need to join Challenge Wales as a group.

Types of Voyages - residential

For those aged 16 – 25 years Challenge Wales offers day and residential voyages. Young people can join as a group OR they can take part in any of the other voyages which are more adventurous including Tall Ships Racing in Europe, or Adventure Residentials. Some of the residential adventures are fixed in the Challenge Wales sailing calendar but usually, if a person participates as one of a group, it is possible to select the dates to suit you and Challenge Wales will put on an exclusive voyage for your group – at no extra cost.

No sailing experience is needed to take part, it’s all about the teamwork! Each person is responsible for getting the boat from A to B and while doing this you learn teamwork and communication skills, respect for others, taking responsibility, improving self-confidence and developing / building self-esteem.

On a residential voyage you will also be involved with cooking and cleaning and keeping the boat ship-shape – guided all the while by the Challenge Wales crew.

Taking learning outdoors

Sailing has many positive associations including personal development, innovation, competition, environment and sustainability friendliness, commitment and teamwork and spirit.

Everyone enjoys the buzz from the sense of achievement after a day at sea as well as reflect on when things haven’t gone so well.

Challenge Wales offers

  • A residential experience for Gold DofE Award – Challenge Wales is an Approved Activity Provider
  • Personal and Social Skills Development – Develop teamwork and communication skills in a positive environment
  • Marine themed voyages to inspire – Challenge Wales works closely with Lundy Island, Cardiff University and Plymouth University to bring marine science to
  • Sailing qualifications – for those looking to gain experience or consider a career at sea, Challenge Wales is a Royal Yachting Association Training Centre to provide RYA Start Yachting and Competent Crew courses onboard
  • Gap Year / Adventure Residentials – if you are looking to do something different and aged 16+ then join us on our summer adventures. If aged 18 or over you might consider volunteering?
  • Agored Cymru accreditation in Teamwork – Challenge Wales is approved to offer

Agored Cymru accreditation

  • Access to one of the largest youth & cultural events in Europe through our Tall Ships Racing Meet Tall Ships and crews from all over the world. Over 90 vessels will be taking part! Following a successful Tall Ships campaign in 2016 in Southern Europe, Challenge Wales will be heading to the Baltic**

Useful things to know about Challenge Wales

  • Challenge Wales has taken part in many high profile events, all of which involved young people:  The Queen’s Jubilee Pageant, London (2012), Tall Ships Events (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), Commonwealth Games Flotilla, Glasgow (2014). In 2016 Challenge Wales welcomed HRH Prince Edward on-board for a sail as part of DofE
  • The charity has worked with over 2,000 young people over the past seven years on voyages lasting from one to 17 days and you can bring a group of 10 young people plus two group leaders
  • Challenge Wales has public liability insurance and risk assessments which can be viewed. Should you want to undertake your own risk assessments then Challenge Wales can make these arrangements for you
  • Wet weather clothing (trousers and jackets) are provided on our voyages
  • All food and refreshments are included
  • Challenge Wales operates a compulsory life-jacket policy
  • Sleeping on board is split into male/female accommodation and we use bunks (pipe cots).
  • Challenge Wales operates a non-smoking, no alcoholic drinking and no drugs
  • If a young person takes part in a Challenge Wales residential of 5 days or more then they can apply for a place on an all-expenses paid exchange trip to Australia through our membership of the UK sail training
  • Taking part in Challenge Wales activities can be fun, exhilarating, challenging, wet and for many life-changing helping to broaden horizons
  • A Challenge Wales bursary for Welsh residents can subsidise a minimum of 50% of the costs. Other bursary funds are often available

For more information click the PDFs below and read all about it....

Case study:  Luke from Merthyr Case study: Luke (Merthyr)

Case study:  Shannon (Cardiff) Case study: Shannon (Cardiff)

Challenge Wales - Wales' Tall Ship Challenge Wales:  Wales' Tall Ship

Challenge Wales: Young person's information Challenge Wales:  Young person's information and guide

A look at what Challenge Wales does

Contact Challenge Wales today to discuss opportunities with Wales’ Tall Ship

Telephone:    029 20 704 657
Address:        20 Glebe Street, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 1EE

Registered Charity No: 1111859

Company No: 05342397                                                                       

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