21st & 22nd April
Boating shopping lists at the ready, it's the big one this Sunday. Beaulieu Boat Jumble. Opening at 10am, the jumble is a big event on the boating calender and is held in the grounds of the beautiful Beaulieu estate, with its abbey, palace and gardens. Here you will find hundreds of stalls spread across four outside areas, selling new and used boating equipment, spares, boating nauticalia, clothing, gadgets, rope and more. You will also find boats for sale and a programme of talks and demonstrations. Jumble tickets also provide entry to site attractions, which include the National Motor Museum, and are priced at £9.80 for Adults, Youths aged 13-16 are £6.00 and Children 5-12 enter for free (ticket still required). The jumble also has cash machines (charges apply), food stalls, and finally a drop off and ‘deliver to your car’ service. For more information visit the website, www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/boatjumble
This weekend, Premier Marinas will be hosting the Chichester Boat Show at Chichester marina. The show will have a line up of boats to view from the on-site dealers, Ancasta, Blackrock Yachting, Lansdale Marine, Network Yacht Brokers Hylas, FRIB and Sussex Boat Shop, with new products, services and luxury cars on display on the shore. Products include stowaway bikes from eBike Centre, teak decking from Elite Teak, marine vinyl wrapping and boat graphics from Generation Graphics and marine electronics from Roger Upham Marine Electronics (represented by Raymarine). Other local businesses attending the show including Holman Rigging, Chichester Yacht Club and Chichester Marine Training. Sussex Boat Shop will have several boats on display, including Parker models, the 660 Weekend, 690 Bowrider, 750 DC, the OKI 545 Open and 585 DC and Grand Silverline 420 NL and Goldenline 500 RIBS. Ancasta will have the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 and a collection of used boats to peruse. You will find more information on the Premier Marinas website.
Have a great weekend
14th & 15th April
Boats.co.uk is hosting a Demonstration Day at its headquarters in Essex on Saturday 14th April. At the event, the team will be offering demonstrations, running every 30 minutes 10am-3.00pm, on eight models from its new boat ranges, Williams and Parker. Demonstrators include a Williams Minijet 280, TurboJet 285, 325 and SportJet 345, a Parker 750 Day Cruiser, 750 Cabin Cruiser, 770 Weekend and a 800 Pilothouse. Tea and coffee will be served throughout the day, and you can also explore the display of used boats on offer on the hard standing, pop into the on-site café, new Williams showroom and chandlery. There will also be a supercar display including a Ferrari and Maserati. The event is being held at Essex Marina, which is located on Wallasea Island, near Rochford, in Essex (SS4 2HF). High Water Burnham on Crouch is at 12:32 BST (Height 4.71m) on Saturday.
The Boat Jumble season is upon us finally and there are two jumbles being held this weekend. It is the East Sussex Boat Jumble and Marine Auction this Saturday. Opening at 10am, this free entry boat jumble is being held at the Bentley Wildfowl Park and Motor Museum, near Lewis. It is also the Irish Boat Jumble at the Carrickfergus Sailing Club on Sunday. The event opens at 10am and admission £4.00 (€5.00), with free entry for accompanied children and free car parking. You can find more information about the event at www.irishboatjumble.org
It is the final weekend of Tingdene’s Thames Used Boat Show held at Thames & Kennet Marina. Here Tingdene Boat Sales will have a display of new day boats, river cruisers and sportscruisers from their new dealer ranges, Admiral Boats, Glastron and Viking, as well as a collection of used boats on its dedicated sales pontoon.
Next weekend, 21st & 22nd April, it is the BIG one, the Beaulieu Boat Jumble and also Chichester Boat Show. Check back here next week for details.
Have a lovely weekend
PHOTO Boats.co.uk demonstrators, Parker 770 Weekend and Williams SportJet
Easter Weekend, 30th-31st March and 1st-2nd April
Tingdene will be hosting its annual Thames Used Boat Show at Thames & Kennet Marina, 30th March-15th April. Here you can see used motorboats and canal boats as well as participate in an Easter Egg Hunt, with drinks and live music on offer. Tingdene Boat Sales will have a display of new day boats, river cruisers and sportscruisers from their new dealer ranges, Admiral Boats, Glastron and Viking. In addition there will be a Boat Jumble held on the 1st April, taking place on the grass marina overflow parking area.
It’s the Plymouth Boat Jumble on Sunday, which is held at City College Plymouth. The event opens at 10am and admission £3, accompanied children and car park free. You will find more information and travel details at www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk
Swanwick Marina, on the River Hamble, is hosting a free-entry Motorboat and RIB Show over the Easter weekend. Held on Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April, the show is set to showcase new RIBS and motorboats up to 11 metres. Held next to Swanwick Marina’s dry stack facility, the event will be open daily between 10am and 4pm. Exhibitors include brokers, boat manufacturers and marine services, such as Bates Wharf, Ideal Boat, Mendez Marine, RBS Marine, Sunseeker and Sea Ventures. Event hosts, Premier Marinas, have confirmed new boats at the show will include Invicta boats from Sunseeker, a Rodman Spirit 31 from RBS Marine and a Galeon 305. A Pre-Season Show, 30th March-2nd April, will be running alongside this and focusing on bigger motoryachts from Sunseeker and Princess.
Happy Easter everyone, have a great weekend
An Essex marina is looking to lay on a new river ferry service
Fambridge Yacht Haven is looking to reinstate an ancient ferry link between the Essex villages of North and South Fambridge on the River Crouch. If implemented, the ferry will run all year round and will operate between the existing landing pontoon at its neighbouring site, Fambridge Yacht Station, and a 20-metre, all tides landing pontoon to be installed on the south side of the river, where a small car and bicycle parking area will also be created. The ferry route was established in ancient times, when a bridge linking the two sides washed away and was replaced by a small rowing boat. It is said that the ferry route was used by monks travelling to and from Canterbury. Today the 500-year-old pub at North Fambridge bears the name, the Ferry Boat Inn but the ferry link has long since gone. The marina operator, Yacht Havens, said “We’ve conducted a detailed survey of the proposed ferry with local residents and boat owners with great results and really positive feedback. Plans are ongoing and we hope to have a service in place in the near future.
The British Brundall-based boat builder is to concentrate on the leisure sector of the marine market
The long standing British boat builder, Broom Boats has announced plans to restructure its operations into a leisure operator on the southern Broads. It is a development that will see job losses in Broom’s boat building sector at its Brundall factory. Broom say ‘Over recent years the market to build and sell boats has changed significantly, reflecting low customer demand, overseas competition and rising costs. Against this backdrop, the shareholders have continued to invest, with the company becoming one of the best fleet hire operators on the Broads. This has led to a strategic decision to focus on the growing leisure part of their operations and to discontinue boat building. This will sadly involve the loss of some jobs. Broom, which employs some of the finest craftspeople along with a heritage stretching back to 1898, remains committed to developing its excellent marina, hire fleet and service operation situated immediately adjacent to the Brundall station, a home to many private boats and its hire fleet, along with workshops performing maintenance and repairs.’ Broom say that all current production will be completed and warranties will be honoured. This development also means that production of the English Harbour Yachts range will be moving from Broom.
Thames marina is awarded for quality of service and facilities
The 262-berth secluded marina basin overlooks the 165-acre Royal Windsor Racecourse on the River Thames and is operated by Tingdene Marinas. Over the last few years it has undergone a transformation as a result of a £1m project, a project that saw the facilities upgraded, with a new waterfront restaurant and cocktail bar, GOGOS, and an increase in marina’s capacity of 50 percent with a new pontoon layout. Racecourse Marina Manager, Neill Walker, explained “We’ve transformed the marina right across the board since we arrived two years ago. Not just with our brand-new pontoon system, but also in other important areas such as offering a better crane service, training our staff to offer excellent service to our berth holders, providing designated car parking, nicer landscaping and security gates that were designed bespoke to our requirements. Some of our customers have been at Racecourse since the day the marina was built and they’ve noticed and appreciated the differences. That is reward enough, but the Five Gold Anchor Award has also been a real boost for our team. We’ve been completely hands-on with the improvements that have been made here and this accolade is a great endorsement of our efforts to not only meet, but exceed, the challenging standards laid down by TYHA.”
TYHA Manager, Jon White commented on the importance of the award “Racecourse Marina has clearly invested significantly in its infrastructure and is very focused on ensuring that its customers have a high-quality experience. We welcome the very positive actions of the team to achieve the Five Gold Anchor Award alongside other marinas within the Tingdene group who also use the Gold Anchor scheme as a framework for continual improvement. Racecourse has achieved this prestigious accreditation at a time when Gold Anchor standards have been elevated from an already challenging level to reflect the growing standards within marinas globally. Neill Walker was extremely helpful and worked his way through an agreed action plan to ensure that they hit the required standards for customer service, facilities, procedures and services.”
The Gold Anchor award scheme has been auditing marinas throughout the world for over 25 years and is known as a credible measure of the marina quality. Any rated marina will have been subject to a series of tests. You can find more information and awarded marinas via the Which Marina website.
20th & 21st January
This Saturday in Essex it is the Maldon Little Ship Club Sponsored Row in aid of the RNLI. This 50-craft ‘rowing spectacular’ will take place over high water, will start from the Viking Saga cruise jetty and best viewed from Maldon’s Promenade Park. Traditional large four man rowing gigs will be racing, as well as participants will be on stand up paddleboards, kayaks and dinghies, with many crews in fancy dress. The West Mersea lifeboat and the steam launch Sea Otter will also be present at the event. The action starts at 1:30pm (HW is 14:44). Maldon is also the focus of our next Desitination Guide in the February issue, out 31st Jan.
The massive German boat show, Boot Duesseldorf will be kicking off on Saturday the 20th. The 9-day show finishes on the 28th of Feb and will occupying 17 halls at the Messe Düsseldorf exhibition centre. Tickets are available online at €18 (€24 on the door) for adults, €11(€12 on the door) for seniors and €7 for kids aged 7-12. Many recognised brands will be exhibiting there, from the UK and worldwide, including Broom Boats, Fairline, Princess, Sargo Boats and Bayliner. Bayliner in particular will be unveiling its new Ciera 10 sportscruiser model. The show will also see the prize giving for the European Powerboat of the Year, which includes nominees such as the Fairline Targa 63 GTO, Sealine C430, Bayliner VR5 Cuddy and Jeanneau NC33. Regular flights are available from many major UK airports and from London airports flights start at £112 return for the day. For more details visit the show website.
Finally, non boat-related but for those adventurous types, the Adventure Travel Show takes place at London Olympia this weekend. For details visit the website.
With snow in the forecast for Sunday it’s going to be a chilly and unfortunately wet weekend for most, so if you are heading out, be sure to wrap up warm and take a brolly/foulies.
Have a great weekend
Photo: Boot Duesseldorf
New south coast test and building facility for 50 year-old boat builder
The British boat manufacturer, Fairline Yachts, has announced that it will be opening a new manufacturing facility at Hythe, on England’s South coast. Fairline has taken possession of the 5-acre (20,000 sq metre) waterside location on the western bank of Southampton Water, just south east of Hythe village and marina. Building work is expected to take around nine months to complete. The boat builder is expecting to launch the new facility, known as Fairline Marine Park, and begin boat building on the South Coast in the late summer of 2018.
Fairline Yachts said 'The new manufacturing facility will enable Fairline to build larger yachts, which has not been possible at the firm’s existing Oundle, Northamptonshire location. The boat yard’s manufacturing base in Oundle will continue to operate and will build boats up to 60ft. Boats over 60ft will be built at the new site in Hythe with testing, commissioning and customer handover also taking place there. Conveniently located in Southampton Water, the facility has large vessel deep water berths and over 200,000 sq feet (18,000 sq metres) of undercover manufacturing space. It is expected the new facility will initially create up to 200 jobs in the Southampton area.'
Russell Currie, Managing Director of Fairline Yachts, comments, “As the global yachting market evolves, clients from across the world are increasingly demanding larger yachts than
we’ve been able to create. Our new site, to be named Fairline Marine Park, will boast state-of-the-art facilities, giving us room to expand and create bigger boats, whilst making the most of the existing boat building skills in the location. By increasing our manufacturing capabilities across both Northampton and Southampton, we are future-proofing Fairline Yachts and retaining our commitment of investing in British boat building.”
Fairline Yachts currently produce a range of sportcruisers, flybridges and motor yachts between 43-78ft and recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Photo - The site at Hythe for the proposed 'Fairline Marine Park'
Essex & Poole-based boat sales company appointed East and West coast dealer for Polish builder
Boats.co.uk has been appointed as dealer for the polish-built, outboard-powered range, Parker. The range comprises of day cruisers, pilothouses and sportsfishers, between 6-11 metres. With bases at Littlehampton and Chichester, the current UK dealer, Sussex Boat Shop, will continue to handle the brand in Hampshire and Sussex, while Boats.co.uk will deal with sales on the East Coast and West Country from its base in Poole. Boats.co.uk will be exhibiting six Parkers at the London Boat Show in January. Managing Director of Boats.co.uk, James Barke, said, “We have been impressed with the Parker boat range for some time and are confident that they will sit neatly alongside our other powerboat dealerships of Princess, Williams, Axopar and Arvor." Boats.co.uk currently has three Parker models to view at its site on Wallasea Island, in Essex.
In other news, the Williams showroom at the Wallasea Island Boats.co.uk premises opened recently and the TCS Chandlery has now been relocated inside the new marina building.
Photo - Parker dealer handshake, Dan Chaffe of Boats.co.uk and Mick Mills of Sussex Boat Shop
New kids play area at River Crouch marina
The marina group, Yacht Havens has announced that a new adventure play park is to be built at its Fambridge Yacht Haven site on the River Crouch in Essex. The playground, which will be opened next spring, will include a range of equipment and apparatus for children aged 3-16. As expected, there is a nautical theme to the new park with children able to scale a ship and perch in a crow’s nest.
Built by school playground design firm Schoolscapes Ltd, the new playground will overlook the River Crouch and the farmland around Fambridge Yacht Haven, next to the West Wick Tearoom.
Marina manager, Danyal Adams, said the new construction is designed to widen the appeal of the marina and the village “We want to make Fambridge Yacht Haven a great destination for boaters and visitors of all generations. We already have a wide range of facilities here including bike hire, a café and the Ferry Boat Inn pub, but we want to attract the younger generation to start enjoying the marina surroundings."
Fambridge Yacht Haven has 220 berths for yachts up to 18m, with boatyard services, bike hire, parking boat sales and a restaurant. The marina is set in the village of North Fambridge on the River Crouch.
Fambridge Yacht Haven is part of the Yacht Havens marina group which was established in 1972 and has 9 locations around the UK and the Netherlands. See www.yachthavens.com for more details.
Photo: Aerial of Fambridge Yacht Haven and artist impression of play area inset
Portuguese Man o’ War sightings along the south coast
After receiving multiple reports of jellyfish that resemble Portuguese Man o’ War, washing up on the Dorset and Devon coast, the UK Coastguard is warning boaters and beachgoers to stay safe and keep away from the creatures. Sightings so far in October have been reported at Dawlish, Lyme, Charmouth, Bournemouth, Swanage, Seaton, Hove and Portsmouth. Duty Controller for the UK Coastguard, Aimee Rampton, said “We are aware of these sightings after receiving multiple reports from members. Until an accurate identification is made, members of the public are advised to keep away from these jellyfish and report any sighting to the their local council. The Coastguard has also advised the local councils of these recent sightings. Stings from Portuguese Man o’ War can be very painful and potentially harmful to humans and dogs alike.'
British boat builder announces new model
British boat builder, Fairline Yachts, has announced plans for a new 33ft express cruiser. This new model will be the first from Fairline’s new project ‘F-Line’ series and will launch in early 2019.
This is the latest design by Italian designer, Alberto Mancini. The new 33, which according to Fairline has received over a dozen orders already, has drawn on Fairline’s heritage of producing sportscruisers. The entry-level model will feature a single sterndrive engine from Volvo Penta with the option to upgrade to twin diesels. For even greater performance, twin V8 petrol engines will be available for those that seek high performance from their boating.
Head of Design at Fairline Yachts, Andrew Pope, comments, “Hot on the heels of launching the award-winning Targa 63 GTO last week at Cannes Yachting Festival and the all new Targa 43 Open due to debut next spring, we now reveal the latest Alberto Mancini designed Fairline. Inspired by our long heritage in designing and building sub-40ft yachts, we are pleased to make public our first, exciting, compact day boat which will further broaden the appeal of the Fairline brand. This stylish day boat embraces outdoor living and will feature an expansive foredeck sunbathing area, open plan forward cabin and innovative fold down transom. The wrap around windows offer a light and airy feel and hand-crafted details add luxury. The design clearly draws on Fairline’s core DNA but with a very modern twist and, of course, offers the robust seakeeping we are known the world over for. Watch this space for more updates!”
Prices of the new Fairline 33 are expected to start from around £210,000 (excluding taxes).
The 10-day 'boating extravaganza' opens at Southampton's Mayflower Park
The Yacht Market Southampton Boat Show started on Friday the 15th, Press & Preview day, with the TV star and fashion and lifestyle entrepreneur, Millie Mackintosh opening the 10-day event.
Millie said “It was an honour to be invited to open TheYachtMarket.com Show 2017. I’ve had a fantastic morning here soaking up the atmosphere and taking a look at some of the attractions on offer. I’m a big fan of getting out on the water myself and I’d highly recommend a visit to the Show to experience the fun and excitement that boating can offer.”
The Sunseeker stand was opened by founder Robert Braithwaite, assisted by TV presenter Suzi Perry and athlete Colin Jackson. There was also music from singer and X Factor star, Ben Haenow. On Saturday the TV actress Kym Marsh visited the show and said “We’ve had a wonderful day here at the Show, the kids have loved every minute! It’s a real family day out and we’ve had such fun on all the attractions. The boats on the marina are absolutely stunning, I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to everyone thinking of heading down,”
The weather so far there has been a real ‘mixed bag’ with warm sunshine on the Press/Preview Day with a heavy rain shower in the afternoon. On Saturday there were sunny spells with the occasional rain shower. On Sunday a chilly northerly wind has brought an autumnal feel to the show and left many of those exhibiting outside shivering and layering up. However, it seems that visitors have not been deterred with queues forming at the entrance.
This year’s show sees over 500 exhibitors are showcasing boats of shapes and sizes, with over 330 of them on the stunning purpose-built marina and many of these making their UK or worldwide debuts, such as the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 and Sealine C430.
There are some new attractions this year, including a free passenger boat, a 20-minute ride aboard out into the Solent and Southampton Water aboard the Ocean Scene. There is also the Paddle River Experience, a 60-metre waterway circuit, an Adventure River Canoe Ride, bumper boats and the Tall Ship, the Kaskelot.
Come and see the Motorboat Owner team on Stand B081. The magazine is celebrating its 4th year with 48 issues available to download.
For more information about the show visit www.southamptonboatshow.com
Ex-MD of Avon Inflatables becomes new CEO of Brundall-based boatbuilder, Broom Boats
The Broom Marine Group has announced that Ross Stuart has joined the Company as Chief Executive. Ross has worked in the manufacturing sector for a number of years, including within the marine industry where he was Managing Director at Avon Inflatables for a number of years. Broom Boats said "Ross is a talented senior leader having led global businesses in the UK, United States and the Far East and has a proven track record of delivering growth."
Martin Scott, Chairman of the Broom Marine Group said “I’m thrilled to welcome Ross onboard; having a senior executive of his calibre at the helm will help us build upon our success and move forward to future growth. Thanks must go to Matthew Harvey who has so ably held the reins over recent months, and he will be working closely with Ross going forward”.
Ross said “It is an exciting time to be rejoining the marine industry, and I’m looking forward to working with the team at Broom, and leading the business in its next phase of strategic growth. There is a lot to do given this is such a diverse organisation, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in!”
Photo: Ross Stuart
Met Office celebrate 150 years of the Shipping Forecast
On the 24th of August, the Met Office is celebrating 150 uninterrupted years of the Shipping Forecast, which is believed to be the longest running continuous forecast in the world.
The first gale warning was issued following a violent storm in 1859 but it was not until 1867 that gale warnings at sea were issued on a regular basis and they have continued ever since.
The Royal Charter storm off the coast of North Wales in 1859 led to the deaths of 800 people and the loss of 133 ships. Following this tragedy Robert FitzRoy persuaded the Board of Trade to allow him to start storm warnings in a bid to prevent tragedies like this happening again.
These maritime storm warnings evolved into what is now the iconic shipping forecast and the start of Met Office forecasts as we know them today. The Met Office now provides over 4.5 million forecasts a day from daily weather via our mobile app to highly specialised forecasts for industries and Government including space weather. Our four day forecast is now as accurate as our one day forecasts were back in 1980.
Peter Dawes, Lifesaving Services Manager for the RNLI said: ‘The Met Office Shipping Forecast is an excellent source of information, and a vital tool in helping people make critical safety decisions at the coast and at sea. We urge everyone to check the weather before heading to the coast, in order to stay safe.’
Not only have the number of forecasts we produced increased but so has our accuracy. We run the shipping forecast at a staggering 93% accuracy and the inshore waters forecast at 97% accuracy. This is a notable achievement for predicting the chaotic system that is the weather.
Met Office Advisor, Penny Tranter, said: “The Met Office is highly regarded internationally the experience we have providing severe weather warnings for over 150 years is unprecedented. We are trusted for good reason, with forecasts such as the shipping forecast reaching accuracy levels over 90%.
“Our established position in national and international meteorology has led to us being the partner of choice, both across industry and government.”
More information on the history of our weather warnings and the shipping forecast itself can be seen on our dedicated web pages.
You can get an accurate weather forecast by using our mobile app, which is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from the Google Play store, by using our forecast pages and by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
With the anniversary the Met Office has released some interesting key facts and statistics:
Gale Warnings: For Gale warnings rather than a percentage accuracy figure, we have a hit rate and false alarm ratio:
Sixteen people were pulled safely from the water when their boat capsized in South Pool Creek, Salcombe Estuary.
Salcombe’s inshore lifeboat (ILB) was tasked to rescue the crew of a 19ft recreational boat after it capsized at around 8.40pm on Saturday 22 July while visiting the area.
Three young children were among those who ended up in the water, with two of those under the age of one. Local boats that were nearby at the time of the incident picked up some of the casualties including the women and children returning them to the shore and the volunteer RNLI ILB crew picked up five men who were clinging to the side of the upturned hull.
Lifeboat Operations Manager Simon Evans said: ‘The boat overturned in chest deep water in a fairly narrow creek. Fortunately all 16 people were rescued safely from the water, however the outcome could have been very different had the boat been in deeper water. When the volunteer crew reached the men they had been in the water for quite some time, were cold and were not wearing lifejackets. There was twice the number of people on the boat than there should have been when it capsized and this could have easily ended in tragedy.’
In total, eight men, five women and three children were rescued by a number of different boats, including the RNLI’s ILB. Several of the cold and tired casualties were taken back to the lifeboat station where they were provided with blankets and towels. The lifeboat returned to the station at 9.30pm. Salcombe Harbour Master watch boat took the upturned hull in tow.
Area Lifesaving Manager Simon Crayfourd said: ‘The RNLI recommends that when you use your tender and your boat everyone wears a buoyancy aid or a lifejacket. Fatigue can kick in quickly and a lifejacket could save your life. It’s also important to carry a means of calling for help if you do end up in trouble.’
The RNLI released some shocking statistics, saying that around 190 people lose their lives at the UK and Irish coasts each year and around half the people who die at the coast never intend to get wet. Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign. This year the charity’s campaign focuses on simple skills such as floating to increase your chances of survival and to call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard if you see someone else in trouble.
Area Lifesaving Manager Simon Crayfourd added: ‘If you find yourself in the water unexpectedly cold water shock can set in. The initial shock of being in cold water can cause you to gasp and panic. It is important not to try and swim straight away and instead float on your back while you catch your breath. Try to get hold of something that will help you float. Once you’re calm call for help and swim to safety if you are able to.’
As well as wearing an appropriate lifejacket or buoyancy aid and carrying a means of calling for help the RNLI also advised the following.
For further safety advice visit RNLI.org/RespectTheWater
21st, 22nd & 23rd July
The first Western Boat Show will be held in Bristol this weekend. Brought to us by the organizers of the Northern Boat Show held in Liverpool, the 3-day show will offer a display of motorboats, marine products, systems and services and coincides with the Bristol Harbour Festival. Exhibitors at the boat show include Bavaria, Cambrian Boats representing Glastron, Brig and Jeanneau, Broom Boats, Excel Boats, Parker, Quay Marinas, Selva, Tingdene Boat Sales and English Harbour Yachts. The free-entry Bristol Harbour Festival celebrates the city’s harbour-side maritime history and will see two miles of vessels, food markets, circus acts, live music and performers. Over 250,000 visitors are expected to attend the festival, which will be held alongside on Bristol’s newly developed Hannover Quay. The show is open from 10am to 5pm.
On the Kent Coast it is the Whitstable Oyster Festival opens this Saturday. The 3-day festival is held at Tankerton Slopes but will kick off with the historic Landing of the Oysters, taking place on East Quay Beach, followed by a Seafront Procession along the beach to Tankerton Slopes. At the event itself will be an Oyster Eating Competition, live music and the Oyster Food Fair.
At Thames & Kennet Marina in Reading on Saturday, marina operators Tingdene Marinas will be organising its fourth annual Raft Race. With strictly no type of engine propulsion to be used the race will see many creative home built rafts paddled, pushed, sailed, or driven by human mechanical power around a course for charity. The marina team were out seatrialing their ‘Real Nessie’ raft on Friday in preparation.
Plus! The Dunkirk movie is out on Friday (21st). The movie retells the dramatic events surrounding the World War II evacuation, Operation Dynamo and its director called upon a number of original Dunkirk Little Ships and their owners to recreate their famous rescue mission as part of the film. These were Hilfranor, Elvin, Nyula, Papillon, MTB102, Caronia, Mary Jane, Endeavour, New Britannic, Mimosa and RIIS I. Many scenes were recreated back at Dunkerque, while other film locations include Holland and the coastal towns of Weymouth and Swanage, in Dorset. Director Christopher Nolan’s cast includes Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance and Harry Styles (from the boyband One Direction).
Have a great weekend.
14th, 15th & 16th July
The Thames Traditional Boat Festival starts this Friday held and is being at Fawley Meadows in Henley-on-Thames. Formerly known as the Traditional Boat Rally, this 3-day event was first held at Fawley Meadows 39 years ago and continues to be a celebration of boatbuilding and nostalgia. Claimed to be the ‘largest display of traditional boats in Europe’, owners of traditional wooden boats apply to be part of the festival, which promises to be ‘bigger and better than ever’. On display will be Dunkirk Little Ships, Her Majesty’s rowbarge Gloriana, plus amphibious and military vehicles. Other features include a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, vintage cars, live music and sailpasts, plus stalls manned by Thames-based marine businesses. Period Dress, Victorian or Edwardian, is being encouraged on the Saturday and Sunday ‘to embrace the spirit of the event’. Adult tickets are £8 on Fri and £13 on Sat or Sun. Weekend and 3 day adult tickets are £24 and £28 respectively. Discounted tickets are available online. There will be a ferry service run by Hobbs of Henley from the Red Lion pub for visitors with festival tickets and wristbands. Motorboat exhibitors include Broom Boats, TBS Boats and Tingdene Boat Sales. To get a flavour of the event, see footage from last years festival here.
If you are looking for spares or a boating bargain, on Sunday it is the Worthing Boat Jumble, which will be held on Worthing’s Promenade. The event opens at 10am and it is free to enter.
If you are involved or running a boating weekend event that you would like to shout about, please email us at email@example.com
Have a great weekend
23rd, 24th & 25th June
The Northern Boat Show kicks off on Friday. Now in its third year, the 3-day show is taking place along Liverpool’s waterfront this weekend, coinciding with the International Mersey River Festival. Showcasing ‘every aspect of the leisure marine industry’, there are two show areas, with marine services stalls and exhibits ashore on the Salthouse and Canning Dock Quaysides and a marina display area in the Salthouse and Albert Docks. Access to the shore areas and the festival is free, with day tickets for the on-the-water section priced at £5 when booked online, or £8 on the day. On the water will be boats from Bavaria, BRIG, Glastron, Viking, Beneteau, Axis, Broom Boats, English Harbour Yachts, Explorer Boats, Ocqueteau, Avon, Excel Boats, Parker and Zodiac. On shore will be marine services, local marinas and equipment, with exhibitors including Starboard Locker, the National Coastwatch Institution (NCI), Borrow a Boat, Conwy Quays Marina, Jeckells, Caldwell Windows and Maiden Marine. There will also be historic ships on display, boat racing, music and entertainment, flyboarding demonstrations and displays from the Armed Forces. For show information and to book tickets, visit northernboatshow.co.uk
Fri 9th, Sat 10th & Sun 11th
On Friday the 3-day All Wales Boat Show starts at Conwy Quays Marina in North Wales. With displays of new boats and marine equipment, exhibitors include Ideal Boat with boats from the Finnmaster Husky, Robalo, and Chaparral ranges, Broom Boats with its 370 and 30 HT, plus Brig, Trusty, Bavaria and Bayliner. The show, now in its fifth year, is open from 10am-8pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. It is free to enter the shore based sections of the show, with a charge of £5 for access to the pontoons. For more details and to buy pontoon tickets visit the show website.
This weekend sees many Dutch yachts have converging on the River Medway at Chatham to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Battle of the Medway. In June 1667, The Battle of the Medway, which is also known as the Dutch Raid, was a battle that left the British Navy severely scared. The Dutch targeted English fleet of ships at Chatham and many warships were captured or destroyed. Said to be one of the largest gatherings of Anglo-Dutch navy ships in the UK, the week of commemorative events include a dramatisation of the raid, with huge screens erected mid river against the backdrop of Upnor Castle. Several British and Dutch navy ships will be available to view inside the docks at St Mary’s Island, as well as entertainment and music stages set up around the Chatham Maritime Marina and Dockside Shopping sites. Next door, The Historic Dockyard Chatham is also hosting with a temporary exhibition, Breaking the Chain, with a display of Dutch and British contemporary art, literature, historic manuscripts and objects bringing the Battle of Medway story to life. Events conclude with a ‘Medway in flames’ finale firework display on the evening of Saturday 17th June. For more information and event updates visit the Battle of the Medway webpage.
Also in Kent on the River Medway, the town of Rochester will be decked out and ready for the Dickens Festival. Between 9-11 June (10am to 6pm) there will be various events happening on Rochester High Street celebrating the life and works of Charles Dickens, whose writing was often inspired by his once childhood home. It is a key event in the Medway calendar and offers Victorian-themed parades, readings, street entertainment and much more. See more details on the website.
Finally if you are looking for a boating bargain it is the Arun Boat Jumble this Sunday. Held along Pier Road (BN17 5JH) at Littlehampton from 10am, admission is £3 for adults with free entry for accompanied children.