New major exhibition marks 250 years since James Cook’s ship Endeavour set sail from Plymouth
Featuring original maps, artworks and journals alongside contemporary films, the exhibition allows visitors to follow the course of his voyages
Accompanying website and events programme further explore the different perspectives and competing narratives surrounding the voyages
Marking 250 years since James Cook’s ship Endeavour set sail from Plymouth, James Cook: The Voyages (27 April to 28 August 2018) explores Cook’s three world-changing voyages through stunning artworks, original maps and handwritten journals.
From iconic depictions of people and landscapes by expedition artists Sydney Parkinson, John Webber and William Hodges to an evocative collection of drawings by Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, which are going on display together for the first time, James Cook: The Voyages will take visitors on a journey of discovery, from the Pacific Ocean to the Antarctic.
The exhibition will chart Cook’s three voyages, from the Endeavour setting sail from Plymouth in 1768 to the Resolution and Discovery returning to Britain in 1780 after Cook’s death in Hawaii. It will explore different perspectives on the voyages, from those on board the ships to those who saw them arrive on their shores, and will consider their legacy and relevance today.
Tahitian Scene by Tupaia (c) British Library Board
Exhibition highlights include:
Paintings depicting Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, which are going on display as a group for the first time
The first chart of New Zealand by James Cook
The first artworks depicting the Antarctic by William Hodges on loan from the State Library of New South Wales, which will be reunited with James Cook’s handwritten journal entry describing the first crossing of the Antarctic Circle, for the first time in 100 years
Specimens from the first voyage, including the mouth parts of a squid, on loan from the Royal College of Surgeons
Expedition artist John Webber’s watercolour landscapes, including the first European illustrations of Hawai’i
Jewellery and musical instruments, including a necklace from Tierra del Fuego, ceremonial rattle from Nootka Sound (Vancouver Island) and bamboo flute from Tahiti, on loan from Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
Natural history drawings, including the first European depiction of a kangaroo by Sydney Parkinson on loan from the Natural History Museum
The British Library holds pre-eminent collections from the voyages, including many original maps, artwork and journals produced on board ship, which will be displayed alongside films exploring contemporary views on Cook’s legacy in Australia, New Zealand and other places visited by the expeditions. Contemporary perspectives on the voyages, including people from the Pacific communities Cook visited, will also be explored through the Library’s accompanying web space (www.bl.uk/the-voyages-of-captain-james-cook) and public events programme.
William Frame, co-curator of James Cook: The Voyages at the British Library, said:
‘The British Library holds many iconic artworks, charts and handwritten journals from James Cook’s voyages and the exhibition displays the most famous of these together, alongside key loans, for the first time in a generation. Through the exhibition and accompanying public programme visitors will be able to consider different perspectives on the voyages and to reflect on their meaning today.’
Laura Walker, co-curator of James Cook: The Voyages at the British Library, said:
‘In the exhibition, visitors will be able to follow the course of each voyage through eyewitness accounts, hand-drawn charts and stunning artwork created on board ship. Alongside these sources, recently commissioned films allow visitors to consider contemporary perspectives on the voyages and to examine their legacy, much of which remains highly contested today.’
The accompanying web space, which will be added to throughout the exhibition run, hosts a range of newly digitised collection items, audio-visual content and articles by academics, artists, journalists and community historians who present their views and responses to the Library’s exhibition and collections.
The British Library will also be hosting a series of photographs by Crystal Te Moananui-Squares, which present a contemporary encounter with Pacific communities in the United Kingdom as a creative response to the exhibition. The free display, entitled Tūhuratanga – Voyages of Discovery, will be located in the Library’s Second Floor Gallery from 6 July to 23 September 2018.
From the Independent Cinema Let’s go to the seaside! Travel round our gorgeous, varied coast, filmed throughout the 20th century from 1901 to 1978, in our fourth programme from Britain on Film on Tour.
Take a nostalgic promenade to classic British holiday resorts including Weston-super-Mare, Morecambe and Skegness, a visit to Butlin’s in Brighton and 1930s surfing in Newquay, while a 1947 information film cleverly undercuts travel clichés by showing how Dover, a traditional tourist town, is remaking itself after heavy bombings during WWII.
From travelogues enticing holidaymakers to the beach to promotional films celebrating the work of fishermen and shipbuilders, these films capture the traditions, industry and joyfulness of the British coast.
Three days of racing between the Isles of Glénan and the River Odet in Brittany for classic yachts, metrics, classic series, sport keelboats and and dinghy classes orgainsed by the Yacht Club de L’Odet.
The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden,” with artifacts never before seen in the United States, opens May 19 at Mystic Seaport Museum.
Artifacts, some more than 1,300 years old, go on exhibit Saturday, May 19, for the first time in the United States at the Mystic Seaport Museum.
The international debut for “The Vikings Begin: Treasures from Uppsala University, Sweden” runs through Sept. 30 in the Thompson Exhibition Building at the re-created 19th-century seaport village.
Mystic Seaport representatives said the show will feature “priceless treasures, including helmets, shields, weapons, glass and other artifacts dating as early as the 7th century” from the Gustavianum, Uppsala University Museum in Sweden, Scandinavia’s oldest university.
“ ‘The Vikings Begin’ is a wonderful opportunity for people to tap into their fascination with all things Viking, and be able to expand the scope of understanding about Viking and pre-Viking cultures and how they influenced the rest of the world,” Mystic Seaport President Steve White said in a news release.
The exhibit will be divided into thematic sections: Viking warfare, trade, the Baltic Sea, a ship burial, Norse gods and geo-political relationships to other cultures.
Additional programming is planned in conjunction with the exhibition, including Viking Days on June 16 and 17. During the two-day festival, the museum “will be transformed in celebration of Viking culture, complete with trade demonstrations, performances and on-the-water activities,” the museum said.
Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Ave., in the Mystic section of Stonington. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $28.95, $26.95 seniors, $18.95 ages 4-14. 888-973-2767,mysticseaport.org
May 19 (Saturday) 9:00 am - September 30 (Sunday) 5:00 pm
The Summer Season is here, and your boat should be in the water or getting close! Here are a few upcoming events…
On Saturday, June 2nd at 1700, CYOA will be co-hosting an event at IYRS about Classic Yachting & the Corinthian Spirit. Join our panel of experts and influencers for what should be a lively discussion about Corinthian racing including thoughts about how to organize and manage a low-key program sailing with friends and family.
Included in the evening’s program will be a screening of Alison Langley’s film NY40 MARILEE; Restoration of a Herreshoff Classic. This documentary is the culmination of a three year effort closely following the unique restoration of a Herreshoff masterpiece by French & Webb boatbuilders in Belfast, Maine.
Refreshments will be served. Click here for more info on this terrific event!
One week later on June 8th, the 164th NYYC Annual Regatta kicks off with the traditional race around Conanicut Island on Friday. In a change in format for Saturday and Sunday, the classics will sail longer courses with a variety of points of sail as opposed to the short windward-leeward courses from 2017. This change will take a bit of pressure off boathandling and will make the CRF MkII ratings more effective.
In other news, Block Island and Duck Island YCs are teaming up to relaunch the off-year version of Block Island Race Week from June 18-22. They’ve issued a special invitation to classic yacht owners to join the party with a dedicated start on Thursday and Friday, June 21st and 22nd. CYOA Chair Chuck Townsend has even offered to host a post-race party on Thursday as well, so please come out to Block Island and join the fun! Information on the regatta can be found at www.birw2018.com and you can click here to enter.
In response to feedback from classic yacht owners, the organizers of the Vineyard Cup are changing the format of their event for classics as well. Classics will race on Saturday and Sunday, July 14th and 15th, around government marks on Vineyard Sound (NOT around the island). Saturday’s race will feature a normal start, while Sunday’s race will feature a pursuit-style start.
After the Vineyard Cup, the focus shifts to Maine and the annual classics fest on the waters of Camden, Castine and Brooklin. Drew Lyman reports that the Camden Classics Cup has added a wrinkle this year with a yacht club challenge – more info to come as we get it.
Feedback is always welcome, and if you’d like to see changes in how any events are run, we are happy to act as your lobbying arm. As you can see, we can help get changes made!
From Bill Lynn Classic Yacht Owners Association 1 Washington Street Newport, RI02840
The fourth Poole Harbour Boat Show is due to take place from Friday 8th – Sunday 10th June 2018. It is a free event to attend.
Poole Quay Boat Haven will show motorboats, yachts and RIBs, giving visitors the opportunity to view a huge selection of boats. Some 34,000 visitors are expected over the three days.
Poole Quay will be lined with a selection of stalls selling a wide variety of products including watersports equipment, clothing, RYA training, tenders and RIBs, trailers, outboard engines,
marine insurance and more (see the WEBSITE for a full exhibitor list).
Tall ships are berthed on Poole Quay, past visitors have included ~ the Queen Galadriel, Pelican of London, TS Royalist and Nao Victoria.
With stunning views of Brownsea Island, and in close proximity to lively cafes, bars and restaurants, Poole Quay Boat Haven is perfectly placed to host this prestigious show on Town Quay.
Seafair Haven is a maritime festival which takes place biennially, with advice from and partnership with the well established Semaine du Golfe festival in the Morbihan, Brittany. All vessels are welcome to come together to celebrate the Milford Haven waterway in Pembrokeshire’s National Park.
We are delighted to confirm that the 2018 Seafair Haven event will be taking place and we are especially excited as 2018 is ‘Wales Year of the Sea’. We had a great year in 2016 during which more than 60 participants registered and we saw a good range of interesting vessels.
Lawrenny is the home venue for the whole event including ‘Sail and Oar’ and keel boats. There is a pub with entertainment most nights, a Sports Club and a camp site for 100 tents. Lawrenny was well received last time for those that stayed there.
The annual gathering of classic and heritage vessels, in the world’s third deepest natural harbour, combines with the Falmouth International Shanty Festival. The event attracts classic cruisers, racers and working boats with Bermudan, gaff and lug rigs, which fill the Falmouth Haven and race and parade in the Carrick Roads and the Bay. Two hundred and twelve vessels entered in 2017 and approximately 60,000 visitors were welcomed in the town for both events. Vessels came from around the UK, Germany and France with one all the way from the USA, via the Antigua Classics.
We look forward to welcoming returning participants and newcomers in 2018. Come and enjoy the camaraderie of the floating community on the Haven pontoons, the racing, the Parade of Sail and Power, the Classic Small Boat Parade (open boats powered by oar, sail or engine and 20’ or under) and bring a dinghy to enter the rowing and sculling competition on Saturday afternoon.
We will be pleased to see you at the Thursday evening pontoon reception, where you will be able to enjoy a pasty and a pint and listen to one of the shanty bands. On Friday, an element of culture as we are received in the Falmouth Art Gallery for a reception. You will also have the option to enjoy the barbecue at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club on Saturday evening. Throughout the event there will be sixty shanty bands providing musical entertainment around the town, and there will be a Maritime Village on Custom House Quay where traditional marine skills will be demonstrated and there will be marine related retail stands.
One of the top events of the Dragon Boats’ calendar
The annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association, the much anticipated event will see some 3,500 athletes from 100 local teams take part, as well as international teams from 15 countries and regions including the UK.
The Dragon Boat Carnival will be held at Victoria Harbour and along Central Harbourfront and in true Hong Kong style, an ancient Chinese festival has become one of the world’s greatest parties! The event will feature four exciting elements:
Hong Kong is recognised as the birthplace of modern competitive dragon boat racing, having held the first international race in Shaukeiwan in 1976, with nine fishermen dragon boat crews competing against a visiting crew from Nagasaki, Japan. This humble event went on to spark an explosion of worldwide interest in dragon boat racing, transforming this ancient Chinese ritual into a modern international sport, which has become an important event on the sporting calendar.
Start off Buttermans Bay 07.00 and finish off the The Pin Mill Sailing Clubhouse. Courses include the options to sail out to the Medusa Buoy, Wallet No 2, and Gunfleet with the possibility of a leg into the Stour.
In 1962 the Pin Mill Sailing Club organised a new series starting and finishing at their clubhouse.
Best viewing from: Shotley Point; Harwich Breakwater
The Nore is a sandbank at the mouth of the Thames. As a hazard to shipping it was marked by the world’s first lightship in 1732 in an experiment by Robert Hamblin – who patented the idea. The lightship’s station is now marked by Sea Reach No1 buoy, with various other buoys around the bank. The ship lay about three miles from the nearest point on the Kent coast and around the same distance from the Essex coast. Painting by Wm L Wyllie
The Nore gives its name to the anchorage, or open roadstead, used by the Royal Navy’s North Sea Fleet, and to the RN Command based there. It was the site of a notorious mutiny in 1797. The last lightship, LV86 – built in 1931 by J Samuel White of Cowes, Isle of Wight, was built for and stationed at the Nore until 1942. She was then stationed at various locations including Cork before being sold into private ownership. She was most recently listed at Hoo Marina on the Medway in Kent.
Packed with brilliant moments, the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival engages the local region, bringing together boats, music, crafts, food and drink to celebrate the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Cheer on the crews as the take part in competitive racing and sailing on the opens seas, enthralling the crowds gathered by the harbourside who watch on in excited anticipation.
Breathe in the aromas of fresh cooked fish, meats and other fine foods, which may prove too much to resists as you wander through the Festival drinking in the atmosphere and the many activities and melodies around you.
We are working to create the most comprehensive list of sailing events available, if you would like us to add details to any of the events already published, or publish details of any events missing, please do send us the details via our handy event submission form.