ON a very hot day last Saturday, the boating fraternity turned out in force for the annual Pembroke River Rally organised by West Wales Maritime Heritage Society and Pembroke Town Council. The event’s purpose is to keep the navigational rights open to the Pembroke Castle Pond.

The spectators who lined the castle pond had a great view. The various stalls around the millpond included one from Main Street shop Dawnus, a gift shop showcasing Pembroke’s gifted crafters. “Not a bad spot for a stall!” quipped the shop’s Facebook post encouraging people to come on down and enjoy the fantastic weather. The team at the quayside pub, The Royal George thanked all at Pembroke Town Council for organising a great afternoon.

According to Anders Leijerstam, of Cosheston, around 40 boats, mainly motor boats, took part, and the convoy up the river was led by a Tenby Lugger built by the Maritime Museum in Pembroke Dock. Anders’ yacht, a 1947 Swedish-built Neptune Cruiser, was one of only three or four sailing yachts taking part. “The Pembroke river does not provide a lot of water under the keel,” he explained.

Anders’ Yacht
(Pic. Anders Leijerstam)

Among those in attendance was a small fleet of Sea Cadets from Milford Haven, and with them their Chaplain, Rev’d Hannah Kaparty. “Well done Milford Haven Sea Cadets & Royal Marines Cadets for a great turn out, great fun and lots of learning while we were afloat,” she said, adding: “Some great conversations had, and some very good hymn singing too.”

Peter Kraus, Chairman of the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society said:

“A huge thank you to all the fantastic boat owners who took part in Saturday’s Pembroke River Rally. You were amazing and, yes, it was the most boats ever taking part. This is where everyone comes together and makes an event like this all worthwhile. A lot goes on behind the scenes but having so many take part and so many people attending the event makes it enjoyable to be part of.”