As we ease off the countdown to Christmas, we at Seachest are preparing to anchor down a fantastic first year with our brand new site and online nautical book store. We’ve sent charts for sailing across oceans all over the world to customers from all over the world, and though we’re ready for both the new Admiralty updates and products of 2015, we’re also readying ourselves for even bigger dates in the boating world. To get you excited about the impending new year and to perhaps resolve you to attend these festivities, we present the 5 boating events you should be most looking forward to in the coming months:
#1 The ISAF Sailing World Cup – Weymouth & Portland
As part of a long series of regattas, this annual sailing competition brings together 2000 of the world’s leading sailors, with 75 nations competing to offer us a definitive guide to the best-of-the-best in terms of Olympic level sailing. The ISAF Sailing World Cup will work its way to the waters of Weymouth on June 8th
, the very same venue that welcomed racers for the 2012 London Olympics. With Kite-boarding officially added to the programme of events for next year, in terms of top tier racing on the water this is probably the least amount of travelling you'll have to do.
#2 London Boat Show
As the very first big seafaring event to get ready for, the London Boat Show returns on 9th
of January with a few floating spectacles and attractions. Filling the equivalent of 6 football pitches with the very latest in boat design developments and innovation, this is likely to be your largest and most dynamic source of boats, equipment, electronics, holidays and watersports suppliers all year round. If that’s not enough, the ‘4D Experience’ exhibit will transport you to a number of nautical locations in a stunning HD virtual experience, complete with weather effects.
#3 Falmouth Classics
A three day event from the 12th
of June that celebrates everything wooden and boat-like, this classic regatta brings both iconic ocean town of Falmouth with the wider boating scene. The variety of breathtaking vantage points in the region make this an ideal event for spectators, with this year’’s Falmouth Classics promising free berthing for boats visiting the area, a parade of classic boats, a rally and the expected three days of top class racing. Don’t forget, the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival runs at the same time, ensuring you have an awesome day both on and off the water.
#4 National Watersports Festival - Hayling Island
For those who enjoy on water competition that requires the heaviest dedication to skill, the National Watersports Festival on the 5th-7th of September offers a non-intimidating environment for like minded enthusiasts. Whether its kayakying , kite surfing, stand up paddle board or windsurfing that is your passion, this year’s festivities promises taster sessions for beginners, a huge trade show, industry demonstrations, a unique floodlit night event and one of the most legendary beach parties you’ll find anywhere in the country.
#5 Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally
The closest port of call to our very own nautical bookshop, on July 24th
Plymouth will welcome back its Classic Boat Rally to Sutton Harbour. This journey of discovery into the world of classic boats has become a popular annual sight on the barbican, with 2014’s event including two of the Dunkirk Little Ships, Tom Tit and Elvin, both of whom were on the National Register of Historic Ships. Though the guests of honour haven’t been confirmed for next year, as soon as they are you can be sure we’ll be sharing it with you here on our blog, and perhaps getting some photos of the event when it sails on by.
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