A look ahead to Waterfest Weymouth 2016
PUBLISHED: 11:08 26 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:08 26 August 2016
From magnificent tall ships to rousing sea shanties Waterfest Weymouth is a joyous celebration of the town's illustrious maritime heritage
Amazing water displays and demonstrations, delicious street food and historic sailing vessels all feature at Waterfest Weymouth, held over the weekend of 3-4 September.
Celebrating Weymouth’s maritime heritage, this year’s Waterfest sees the biggest collection of maritime vessels to date. Admire the magnificent Le Marité tall ship, the last surviving three-masted Newfoundland schooner, which will be anchored in Weymouth harbour. Step aboard some of the country’s most important historic vessels including Excelsior LT472 and the Jolie Brise, the last boat to carry the Royal Mail. Alongside the Royal Navy’s P2000 patrol vessels, HMS Blazer and HMS Exploit will be the legendary Gipsy Moth IV, the 54ft ketch that Sir Francis Chichester sailed single-handed around the globe in 1967.
Displays on the water include Aquatic Jetpacks with their jaw-dropping dolphin dives, and cheer on the local teams in the fiercely fought gig races held in the harbour. New for 2016 is the event’s partnership with Weymouth Regatta, and sailors from across the UK will be competing in Weymouth Bay. Meanwhile on shore the music stage will feature a whole boat load of shanty music,. And, if you’ve worked up an appetite, there are over 25 stands of delicious ‘street food’ to browse as well as the chance to raise a tankard or two of Pirates Grog.
Discover the art of knot tying with The Solent team of Knot Tyers. Then marvel at the beautiful wooden canoe and clinker built dinghy crafted by students of the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis.
You can explore underwater without getting wet at the Shipwreck Project and Discovery Bus. Here you can watch sonar and video footage of shipwrecks surveyed by the Coastal Guardian vessel. And budding maritime archaeologists will also be able to handle artefacts from the wrecks and try on a professional dive kit.
Want to get out on the water? A trip on Weymouth’s very own tall ship TS Pelican can be pre-booked before the weekend; thrilling RIB white water rides and Jet Ski Tours can be booked on the day. And for a special trip, the iconic Gipsy Moth IV will be making special sunset cruises. Find out more at weareweymouth.co.uk/waterfest.
5 things to see at Waterfest
• Step Aboard a Tall Ship: Explore Le Marité, the three-masted Newfoundland schooner, or book a trip on the TS Pelican
• Aquatic Jetpacks: Watch their amazing ‘dolphin dives’ as water propels them high into the air
• Maritime Crafts: Admire the hand-built watercraft from the Boat Building Academy
• Weymouth Regatta: Cheer on the National IRC Championships in Weymouth Bay
• Explore a Shipwreck: Watch footage of ship wrecks from the Coastal Guardian
Waterfest Weymouth 2016 runs 3-4 September at Weymouth Harbour. Find out more at wearweymouth.co.uk/waterfest