Motorboat & Yachting: Up to 80 tall ships will moor in Belfast Harbour this July before the annual Tall Ships Races to Denmark.
Visiting as part of the annual Tall Ships Races, the fleet will include 15-20 A-class vessels (more than 40m long) and a number of South American military vessels.
Classic yacht fans will have four days to see the ships close up as part of the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, which is free to attend and will include ‘park and ride’ shuttle bus services.
Moored across ten docks and quays in the Titanic Quarter, the tall ships promise to be a spectacular sight, with the backdrop of the historic Belfast cranes Samson and Goliath.
Around 500,000 people are expected to visit the tall ships festival before the vessels depart for Scandinavia on July 5.
This year’s Tall Ships Races series will see the fleet call at Alesund and Kristiansand in Norway, before reaching the finishing line at the Danish city of Aalborg on August 4.
Pratical Boat Owner: Today marks 100 days to go until the America’s Cup World Series, Portsmouth (Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 July 2015).
The organisers are celebrating this landmark date by adding a three-night programme of entertainment to the event, including The Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines South Coast Proms for two nights on the Thursday and Friday and a Saturday night music concert with internationally-renowned acts.
Picture: South Coast Proms 2013 performed by the Massed Bands of Her Majestry’s Royal Marines under the direction of the Principal Director of music Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace OBE Royal Marines. Pictured the Corps of Drums.
Taking place within the Waterfront Festival Arena on Southsea Common, the Saturday, 25 July, evening concert will be a paid-for ticket with purchasing details, line-up and schedule details to be announced in the next few weeks.
Pratical Boat Owner: The second boat and food festival at Portland Marina on the Dorset coast will be taking place this weekend.
Held tomorrow, Saturday 11 April and Sunday 12 April, Fish & Ships 2015 aims to build on the success of last year and will include local boat and art craft, live music and the best of Dorset’s fine foods – from cheese, wines and ciders, to Portland Oysters and fresh fish.
There will be seafood samples and demonstrations from the Crab House Cafe and Mat Follas, fresh fish and shellfish distributors, local farmers, cider makers, artisan bakers and chocolate makers. The event is fully supported by Dorset Food & Drink.
The ‘Ships’ element will include new and used boats for sale, watersports demonstrations such as paddle boarding and windsurfing and gig rowing. Plus trips out on the water with Quality Time, all things chandlery with Apollo Marine and new boats from KTKPrime.
The RNLI, Coastwatch, BMF South West and Lyme Regis’ Boat Building Academy are all participating. The Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy will also display bass boats built with Sunseeker.
There will also be a hog roast tonight to welcome the intrepid cyclists that will have completed Dean & Reddyhoff’s Big Green Cycle Challenge – completing a choice of circuits from Portland in aid of Wayne Ingram, collecting for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Community radio station AirFM will be bringing their road show on Saturday and Sunday, with competitions and fun for all the family – from crab catching to raft racing.
There will be live music on Saturday evening from local bands Shooter and the Jackdaws. The Rock Choir will play during the day on Saturday and Weymouth Yukelalians on the Sunday.
The event is free entry and will run from 10am until 5pm each day.
Classic boat lovers are expected to flock to Birdham Pool Marina next month for the first annual Classic Boat Festival.
The inaugural event aims to celebrate traditional boatbuilding, with more than 30 sailboats and powered vessels due to go on display on Saturday 19 July from 10am to 6pm, including models from Triana and Fairey.
Mike Braidley, group operation manager at parent company Castle Marinas, told MBM: “The intention is to grow this free show into a classic boat festival on the south coast.
“We’re surrounded by traditional boatbuilding skills that we really want to bring to the fore, we’ve got two tremendous shipwrights and we really want to show off their skills.”
Highlights include Q&A sessions and advice on restoration from expert boatbuilders, exhibitions from local artists, and a prize draw to win 50% off an annual berth at the marina.
Any classic boat owners wishing to take part in the festival are invited to moor at Birdham overnight for free.
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Yachting World: Perfect conditions for Day 1 of Antigua Sailing Week
In CSA 4, Ian Hope Ross’ Melges 32, Kick ’em Jenny 2 took the gun and the win on corrected time by just over a minute. Ian’s team from St Maarten is returning to Antigua Sailing Week after racing here last year: “We have a good set-up on the dock, we have sailed down with a catamaran and it’s our mother ship for the week,” explained Ian enjoying a cold Wadadli in the cockpit in Falmouth Marina.
“We didn’t have a good start today and got into bad air. But by the second mark we had stitched it all back together and got into clear air. We had Bernie [Evan-Wong] on High Tension breathing down our neck all day and the two Cork 1720s are very well sailed.
This is a very competitive class, but today the short chop suited us more than the other boats. This is only day one and we are not celebrating too much, there is plenty of racing to come.”
Kick ’em Jenny 2, Ian Hope Ross’ Melges 32 wins CSA 4 in the AUA College of Medicine Race Day
Credit: Tim Wright/Photoaction.com/Antigua Sailing Week
In Class Zero, British Farr 100, ICAP Leopard with owner Mike Slade at the helm, got away to a blistering start and quickly pulled away from the chasing pack including Andy Budgen’s Volvo 70, Monster Project.
Leopard hit the turbo button off the breeze to take line honours by half an hour and the pro-crew was joined today by Mike’s wife, Heather and four friends who enjoyed a high speed sail on one of the world’s fastest yachts: “I love coming here, what is there not to like?” quizzed Mike Slade dockside. “We have been coming to Antigua since 1990 and it is one of my favourite places to sail.
Leopard has been very busy since the start of the year, giving many guests the perfect way to enjoy the Caribbean and Antigua Sailing Week is a marvellous way to round off the season.”
Piet Vroon’s Dutch Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens 3, has enjoyed plenty of success in the Caribbean this season and corrected out to win CSA 0 in Race 1 by three minutes from Rob Date’s Australian RP52, Scarlet Runner.
Start Boat B ran courses from Rendezvous Bay past Curtain Bluff and Old Road. The breeze was from the southeast and a shifting breeze kept drivers and trimmers on their toes.
In CSA 6, Tom Wilson racing British Swan 44, Selene corrected out to win Race 1. Selene’s owner Adrian Lower was on board and over the moon about the win: “Absolutely delighted,” commented Adrian. “Tom is an old mate and when he said he was looking for a boat to charter for Antigua Sailing Week, I said yes straight away.
Also on board we have Stephon Dundas, who is from St. John’s, Antigua and is sailing on Selene for the second year in a row. Stephon oversees the front of the boat and I look after the back. We had a good start but we were almost over early, so the heart rate was up a bit there. Selene had a great battle with Tatonka all the way around the track.
The Tatonka team sailed a great race and they obviously know exactly what they are doing. We thought we might have a podium place today but to win was above our expectations. What a brilliant start to the week!”
In Bareboat 1, just four minutes separated the top four boats in a three hour race. Garvey Colman’s Irish team on Bageal is returning after coming second in class last year. Bageal corrected out to win the first race of the regatta by less than a minute from the Kiev Racing Club. Nicholas Jordan’s Just De Ting completed the podium, placing third just ahead of Marcelo Baltzer Foucher’s Pinel.
Bageal’s skipper, Garvey Colman spoke after the race. “We came here last year and didn’t win a single race, so we are delighted to take a win on the first day, but we had to dig deep. We were fifth after the first beat and the boys got properly stuck in to challenge the team from Kiev in the lead.
On the last beat, Kiev was covering us from the front and we took them on in a tacking duel. We were pulling out all the stops and we tired them out to take the win. We enjoy a few beers after racing, but if the first day is anything to go by, we are going to need to be very sharp tomorrow.”
After racing the American University of Antigua College of Medicine Daily Prize Giving drew a big crowd. Chief Marketing Officer, Dr. Cory Greenburg was on stage to hand out the AUA College of Medicine prize bags to the winner and the sailors were delighted. The barbecue grills were smoking and the icemakers were on.
Tonight’s main entertainment is Rum and Rhythms: Reggae with Idus and International sounds from Strays. The America’s Cup Trophy will be on show in the Antigua Yacht Club Marina lounge from 6 to 8 pm. The sun is setting on the first day of Antigua Sailing Week.
The largest outdoor sale of boating items in Europe – in the idyllic grounds of the Beaulieu Estate – is set for Sunday 27 April as Beaulieu will be holding its annual Boatjumble.
Now in its 37th year, this Practical Boat Owner-sponsored event remains a key date in the boating calendar, giving enthusiasts an opportunity to snap up nautical bargains ready for the new sailing season.
Thousands of new and used marine and boating items, spread over 1,000 stands, will be on sale at competitive prices, with big name chandleries creating special show offers.The boatjumble is held in the grounds of the Beaulieu Estate, which is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Hampshire.In the Boatmall, new boats from leading manufacturers and brokerages are up for sale, plus all the latest products.
See trailerable boats up-close, try on clothing and tinker with up-to-the minute technology.Or head for the Boatmart, which brings together a wide range of used boats, from classics to nearly new and those in need of restoration, which can be viewed before you buy.In the enlarged Trunk Traders area, amateur jumblers can sell their surplus second-hand sailing items from the boot of their car. Trading is brisk, so get there early.
New for 2014
A new feature for this year’s Boatjumble is the Walkabout Auction. This ‘end of show’ chance to buy and sell offers exhibitors an opportunity to sell off surplus items of stock they don’t want to take home with them.For just £2, exhibitors can buy a box to fill with bits (larger items can go alongside), to be auctioned at the end of the afternoon by a guest auctioneer. It’s a simple and easy way of buying or selling those last bits from the show and there are no auction fees to pay.This innovative concept has been tried and tested at Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble, and has proved to be a popular addition to the event.
Also new for 2014, a Display Arena will showcase special demonstrations, displays and interactive activities for children and adults. Already booked are the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth and the Royal Navy Presentation team. Calshot Activity Centre will be running fun activities throughout the day.
Lots to do
The Classic Motor Boat Association will be putting on their traditional display of members’ classic boats and antique outboard engines. Members will also be on hand to talk to visitors about the activities of the Association, whose aim is to promote affordable preservation and enjoyment of classic runabouts, racing boats and engines through active rallies around the UK. At the entrance to the Boatmall, the Association will also be displaying aviation pioneer and yachtsman, Tommy Sopwith’s powerboat Thunderstreak.
The Practical Boat Owner team will also be in attendance with our Project Boat, Hantu Biru, on display, demonstrating how a boat can be bought, restored and launched on a minimum budget.The on-the-day, all-inclusive admission price of £9.70 for adults and £7.50 for children gives entry not only to the Boatjumble, but also to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction. See the National Motor Museum’s stunning collection of vehicles, On Screen Cars, World of Top Gear, Beaulieu Abbey and Palace House.
Advance tickets are available to purchase by telephone on 01590 612888 and online at www.beaulieushop.co.uk
Stand prices start at £55 with Boatmart spaces at £30 and Trunk Traders spaces at £32. To book a stand, Trunk Trader or Boatmart space call the events department on 01590 614614, fax 01590 614615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Boatmall and Boatmart are open to visitors at 9am and Boatjumble at 10am. The show closes at 5pm.