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Cardiff Rally 2022

All day | 11th August 2022 - 15th August 2022


Welcome to the 18th Cardiff Bay Classic Boat Rally offering a fun filled long weekend of both shore based activities and plenty of quality time boating on the fresh water around Cardiff Bay. As with previous years, our CMBA members are kindly invited by Cardiff Yacht Club (CYC) as their guests for the duration of the rally, receiving full use of club house facilities to include; Spacious lounge bar with uninterrupted views enjoyed across Cardiff Bay from the veranda & sun patio, shower & toilet facilities, slipway, pontoons, mooring, parking for cars & trailers and designated areas for camping tents & motorhomes. In all, it's a fantastic venue for family fun boating.

Cardiff Bay is the area of water created by the Cardiff Barrage in south Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It is also the name commonly given to the surrounding areas of the city. Cardiff Bay is also used as a metonym for Welsh politics, because it is the location of the Senedd (the Welsh Parliament). According to Cardiff Council, the creation of Cardiff Bay is regarded as one of the most successful regeneration projects in the United Kingdom.

Cardiff Bay is supplied by two rivers (Taff and Ely) to form a 500-acre (2.0 km2) freshwater lake around the former dockland area south of the city centre. The 'bay' was formerly tidal, with access to the sea limited to a couple of hours each side of high water but now provides 24-hour access through three locks.


To enter this event please submit the form at the bottom of this page. Please note this event is only available for CMBA members to enter, if you would like to attend this event and enjoy the many other benefits of the club, please consider joining the CMBA.


Thursday: Entry to CYC from 14.00 onwards park your trailer & car within the designated area and prepare your boat in readiness for launching after registration on Friday morning. Once set up, take a trip into Mermaid Quay to a local hostelry or perhaps BBQ beside the clubhouse and finish off maybe with a night cap in ones tent!

Friday: Start the day with a walk, drive or trip in your boat to one of the suggested local eateries for perhaps a hearty Welsh Breakfast or brunch (pay as you go). Catch up with old friends and make new. Prepare and register your boat 10:00 - 12:00 with Keith & Janice Burgess, at the CMBA Tent, receive your Entry Pack ready for launching with the CYC tractor. Attend the informative Safety Briefing. Enjoy boating at your leisure for the afternoon, leaving time to moor your boat in readiness for the 'AGM Buffet' served at CYC clubhouse from 17:30. Two free buffet tickets are included with your boat entry, children under 16 eat free. The CMBA AGM follows at 19:00, we hope you will all stay and attend, as your viewpoint’s are needed and valued.

Saturday: Start the day with a trip in your boat to one of the suggested local eateries, or back to CYC for a hearty Welsh breakfast (pre book), enjoy time on the water, pop across to Mermaid Quay (free mooring all weekend), or take a break at any of the stop off points for refreshments. Take yourself on a leisurely cruise up and down the River Ely or River Taff, prior to joining the Pimms picnic party back at CYC for 13:00. Thereafter, enjoy free boating. Moor your boats, don your evening attire, bring your raffle gift and come along to the evening dinner at CYC clubhouse. Bucks Fizz served on arrival at 18:30 prior to taking your seats for dinner at 19:00. Following dinner, tackle the light hearted quiz and try your luck at the raffle (proceeds to buy specialist club equipment). Continue your evening with many a 'boating' story or take to the dance floor for a bit of a boogie, numbers are limited to 60, so book early, (latest entries in by 5th July please).

Sunday: Start the day with a trip in your boat to one of the suggested local eateries, or back to CYC for a hearty Welsh Breakfast (Pre book), then enjoy boating, with an invitation to visit the neighbouring Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, for a drink & snack on the terrace or in the lounge bar, free mooring arranged at their visitor pontoons. Return to CYC for 13:00 for the CMBA presentations. For those departing, retrieve your trailers for recovery of boats and bid a fond farewell to all your friends. For those staying, continue to enjoy boating. Evening; the option of an informal (pay as you go meal) at a local hostelry.

Monday: For those staying over, get your togs on for a final trip across the bay, meeting for coffee/brunch at Mermaid Quay. Recovery of boats around 12.00, please ensure you thoroughly wash your boat and trailer, to avoid the spread of the invasive species of shrimp found in Cardiff Bay. Please vacate CYC by 14.00.



Event Classification

Moderate - An event on river or lake where strong currents may be experienced and substantial waves when windy are to be expected. In the event of an emergency/breakdown you would signal for assistance, paddle/row or drift ashore but damage could be expected in adverse conditions. A step up from novice when confidence in one’s ability and boat reliability has been proven to oneself. Still suitable for family enjoyment.



  • Cardiff Yacht Club
  • Windsor Esplanade
  • Cardiff
  • CF10 5BG
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Bookings are closed for this event.