Crikey, I can hardly believe that it is almost 21 years since Alan Priddy and crew set off in Spirit of Cardiff
, from Cardiff Bay Marina, in April 2000!
Some here may remember that a send off was organised through RibNet, some still here may even have been there. I was, in my little 'Quicksilver
' and I felt rather small among all the RIBs.
I can remember that someone with a connection to the Sea Cadets in Bristol arranged for them to go down to Cardiff in their ex-Royal Nave training ship to use it as a base. Quite a few of us stayed overnight on-board, which was a fantastic thrill. So, thanks to whoever that was.
Whilst searching through the depth of the dungeon here at Castle Hart I came across a VHS tape (remember those) marked: Spirit of Cardiff Send Off
. Intrigued I get our VHS player out of mothballs and connected it to my computer. With a little bit of editing here is the result, well part 1 anyway.
Well, my memories of the specifics of the event have faded somewhat, but others here may remember details.
Please take a look and if you can put names to any of the faces please do.
I'm sorry but I can't remember who shot the video, so I can't credit them for it. If you know, then please let us all know. Remember this is the days before Go-Pros, and they did a great job, whoever it was.