This will be updated on a regular basis as we get closer to the event!
We have Gypsy Moth IV visiting, the boat building academy of Lyme Regis and lobster pot demos etc etc
The aim is to showcase Dorset’s maritime heritage in a 2 day festival based around the lovely 18C old harbour in Weymouth. As well as Gipsy Moth IV and I am negotiating with colleagues in Granville to see if the tall ship Marite is able to visit. I also want to show the level of excellence today with displays from the Boat Building Academy, a figurehead carver and rope maker through to boats from Sunseeker and Beneteau. There will be displays in the harbour, gig races and an “Underwater” section with a diving tank on the quayside. This will ail be supported by food stalls and shanty music.
To develop a unique festival within the event calendar that celebrates Dorset’s maritime heritage and provides a platform for the local marine related businesses to showcase their products and services. The festival is designed to have popular appeal so that footfall and incremental spend within the town is also increased over the weekend.
2. DATES 6th & 7th September 2014
3. TIMES Saturday 6.09.14 – 11am – 6pm Sunday 7.09.14 – 11am – 5pm
The main festival site will be along Custom House Quay & Trinity Road with viewing areas on the cargo stage and along Cove Row.
Locations of some of the sections will depend on where the boats relating to them can be moored.
5. PROVISIONAL CONTENT
- The Shipwreck Project – displays of equipment on board ‘Coastal Guardian’ 16mt survey vessel
- Historical Diving Society – use of a mobile dive tank on the quayside as a centre piece of this section to demonstrate equipment and skills
- Wreck to Reef Project
- Weymouth Sub Aqua Club
- Old Harbour Dive Centre
- Lunar Society – – torpedo display
SAILING & ANGLING SECTION
Gypsy Moth IV is the focus of this section with visitors able to go on board. Trips can also be organised as part of sponsorship packages.
- On the same pontoon 2-hour taster sessions will be available for visitors wanting to have a go and experience sailing for the first time.
- On the quayside displays from the National Sailing Academy are proposed with Olympic category boats on display supported by their event and training programmes.
- KTK Prime Yachts will be displaying their Beneteau boats with one on shore and 2 / 3 in the water
- Stands from the charter boat industry, yacht chandlers angling societies and fishing tackle outlets.
TRADITIONAL CRAFTS & SKILLS SECTION
- This section is built around the work of the Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis where their experts teach the widest range of hands-on boat building courses in the world.
- Other crafts being planned include lobster pot making, rope splicing and sail making.
- Mark Anderson from Sandworld will create a small sand sculpture during the festival and supervise a ‘Have a Go’ area for families to test their skills.
SEAFOOD & SHANTY MUSIC SECTION
- Weymouth is an important working harbour landing 43 tons of sea bass and up to 722 tons of whelks annually. The local seafood industry will be well represented in this section with a range of stalls from Portland crab and oysters to scallops and line caught sea bass. Picnic tables will be provided around a small stage so visitors can enjoy the food and listen to a programme of local shanty bands.
EVENTS & DEMONSTRATIONS
- Jet lev display by Aquatic Jet Packs of Poole – subject to approval by harbourmaster.
- RNLI rescue display
- Gig Racing
- Parade of Sail
- Visitors will also be able to pre book taster sessions in sailing, fishing, short cruises and white water experiences. Operators are being approached to offer festival discounts over the weekend for features and PR on their businesses in promotional material.
RELATED ACTIVITIES UNDER DISCUSSION
- Street theatre – Captain Jack Sparrow (Jonty Depp)
- Marine Art – Cove Gallery
- Smuggling exhibition – Weymouth Museum
- Percy the Seahorse – A giant sculpture taking 10 children to operate will tour the festival site – Percy was commissioned by Weymouth Sealife Centre to highlight the plight of seahorses globally and was used in the
- Possible display of the “Exbury Egg” – a giant wooden egg used by the artist to live in on the Exbury estuary for 271 days where it floated up and down on the tide.