With an amazing Lions Tour concluding down in New Zealand at the beginning of July we all had rugby on our minds here at Voyages of Discovery. And at the end of July Man-Up UK held a Dads and Lads Weekend with Welsh rugby stars joining for a great evening out on Ramsey Island. Rhys Webb, Ryan Jones, Shane Williams and James Hook came aboard with Wales women’s player Jasmine Joyce and Ospreys and Bristol ex-coach and now BBC rugby pundit Sean Holley joining the Welsh stars on the boat. All enjoyed a trip around Ramsey with us as well as landing onto the island to have a look around and enjoy the stunning scenery.
Just a few days later we were joined again by rugby royalty, record setting Welsh captain, two tour British and Irish Lions captain, and all-round nice guy Sam Warburton joined us for a Ramsey Island Voyage with his family.
With all these rugby stars joining us on trips it was only fitting that Voyages of Discovery helped organise the inaugural St Davids RFC v Man-Up UK charity rugby match raising money for Prostate Cymru, Voyages of Discovery associated charity. Director of Voyages of Discovery Rhys Price captained the St Davids side to a narrow defeat against a strong team made up of club players from across West Wales.
After the match Graham Price, Welsh front-rower and the record setter for the most Lions caps for a prop forward gave a tremendous speech about his life as an international player and the camaraderie between players on tour. A question and answer session was then held with Graham Price, Sean Holley, Ian Walsh and Geraint Bowen quizzed about their times as players with Radio Pembrokeshire presenter Bill Carne mediating the session.
A large amount was raised through a charity auction and through generous donations by spectators and patrons of the club with a great night enjoyed by all.