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Olympic medalist Hannah Mills appeals for new lifeboat

Olympic silver medalist and sailor Hannah Mills has launched an appeal today for a new lifeboat at Penarth Marina - the busiest inshore station in Wales.

Local sailor Hannah Mills launches Penarth lifeboat appeal Credit: ITV Wales

Hannah won silver at the 2012 London Olympics and is a gold hopeful for next month's games in Rio. She flies out this Sunday. She said her local lifeboat station "needs the best equipment possible" to help people caught in the treacherous waters off the Penarth coast.

The RNLI need to raise £52,000 for a new lifeboat. Anyone wishing to donate can visit penarthlifeboatappeal.org.

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Cardiff Harbour Festival returns with Extreme Sailing

Preparations are underway for the 2012 Cardiff Harbour Festival, which this year includes the Extreme Sailing series.

This is the first year of three that Cardiff will host the UK leg, in which Extreme 40 catamarans from nine countries race at speeds of up to 30 knots.

Hannah Mills, Olympic silver medallist and one half of the British 470 women's duo, will be flying the Welsh flag as part of the wildcard entry 'Team Wales'.

The last few weeks have been amazing; a complete whirlwind. Now I am looking forward to my next challenge - racing with Team Wales at the Extreme Sailing series in Cardiff. It will be awesome to return to my hometown as an Olympic medallist and race on the Extreme 40 catamarans - a completely new experience for me.

– Hannah Mills, Olympic silver medallist

The Harbour Festival runs from August 31st - September 2nd.

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