1 week to go until Waterfest Weymouth, 3rd – 4th September, free festival celebration of Weymouth’s maritime heritage with waterborne displays, street food and discovery displays.
Step aboard the BIGGEST collection of historic vessels EVER seen at Waterfest!
Le Marite Tall Ship, a Waterfest favourite, will be back and docked in Weymouth Harbour over the weekend with, if weather permits, a grand exit out of the harbour at 5.15pm on Sunday.
Explore one of the top 60 most important historic vessels in the country, the Excelsior LT472. This restored fishing smack was built in 1921 and survived the First World War even though it had a near miss from a British air attack!
The TS John Jerwood is the Sea Cadet’s training vessel and is now berthed at Gosport but will be sailing along the coast for Waterfest. The ship is used as part of a programme for 12-18 year old Sea Cadets and the 24 metre vessel gives power boat experience to trainees, a crucial part of their naval instruction.
The world famous pilot cutter, Jolie Brise, will be moored for the weekend. This ship was the last to carry the Royal Mail under sail and has won the Fastnet Race three times.
The world famous Gipsy Moth IV will be returning to Waterfest this year. The 17m yacht Sir Francis Chichester completed his circumnavigation of the globe in;
HMS Blazer and HMS Exploit; these two Royal Navy P2000 patrol vessels are used to provide high quality sea training experiences to undergraduates.
While you are discoverinh the collection of vessels make sure you check out the array of over 50 stalls selling delicious street food and local produce.
With a 5th Spanish Gin or Pirates Grog cocktail in hand, sit back and relax with the sound of the sea. Local folk band, Kadia, Dorset Wrecks and more will take to the stage. Check out the programme to find out when acts will be on the music stage.
For a flavour of what is in store, check out this video of Kadia, filmed on board the Tall Ship Pelican!