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
Welcome to Panerai British Classic Week, the premier classic yacht regatta in the UK. The annual Regatta of the BRITISH CLASSIC YACHT CLUB will see the 17th edition in 2018 and not only attracts entries from Britain but also regularly from Europe, and in 2016, from Australia and New Zealand. The regatta is an occasion for classic boat enthusiasts to enjoy good racing and to spend time with other sailors who share the same appreciation of classics.
The 2018 regatta, is taking place from 14th – 21st July, with a wide entry with yachts from around the globe looking to race in the Solent. The racing is once again being organised by Royal Yacht Squadron Racing with a six race series plus, new for 2018, a Nab Tower race (replacing the Around the Island Race) on Monday 16th July.
Hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club in picturesque Yarmouth the regatta attracts a real mix of sailors and yachts, and is popular for its fun vibe combined with 3 exciting inshore races based in the Western Solent over the weekend.
Sponsored by Taittinger (the Champagne) the regatta includes a Taittinger Champagne reception in Yarmouth on the Friday evening, in addition to IRC yacht racing and classic classes including XODs, Contessa 32s and Folkboats. Racing is on both Saturday and Sunday.
The annual festival has grown beyond the initial boat-based gathering to include a more music and performance based event, celebrating the city’s maritime heritage and the importance of Bristol’s docks and harbour. Wikipedia
The maritime star of the yearly festival is usually the Matthew (above) replica of John Cabot’s ship (or caravel) from his 1497 voyage from Bristol to North America.
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An exciting and fun day out for the whole family, a celebration of all that’s best in British boatbuilding and craftsmanship evoking the nostalgia of boating from a bygone era.
This popular, long-running event, now offers more attractions on the water, in the air and on the land, than ever before.
Celebrating its 40th year in 2018 as one of the best events for traditional river craft in Europe, featuring the largest display of traditional boats, the fleet of Dunkirk “Little Ships”, Her Majesty’s Rowbarge “Gloriana”,
amphibious and military vehicles, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, WW1 air display – and much more.
The Trad owes its origins to concerns in the 1970s over the demise of many unpowered craft, seen neglected and rotting along the river Thames. The idea of a rally, held annually and open to anyone was taken up by the River Thames Society which agreed to organise an event in 1978 at Fawley Meadows, opposite the Royal Regatta course at Henley-on-Thames. Its focus: beautiful traditional river craft, powered and un-powered.
Our image shows the Classic Sailor report of 2015 event.
This event is about racing traditional yachts on the water and enjoying fabulous social events ashore. Metre boats, Classic Racing Dayboats, Classic Yachts, Old Gaffers and Spirit of Tradition Yachts are all welcome to sail varied courses set in the Solent with free high teas, great value parties and suppers at different club venues. There are daily prize giving events, all with free tea and cake plus a gala awards ceremony to celebrate the sailing.
The event expects more than 160 yachts to race this year.
Based from the superb Royal London Yacht Club on Cowes Parade, founded in 1838 and with great views across the Solent.
The RLYC has an enviable reputation for the quality of its race management and is proud to be the Organising Authority for Cowes Classics Week.
From Gravesend at 0700; down Mucking Reach. Race start at Lower Hope, past Thamesport, down Sea Reach, past Canvey Island and Southend, to the North Oaze Buoy and back to Gravesend, 1700ish
Prizegiving supper at Gravesend after the race.
One of the best maritime festivals in France, this is a biennial event with a few hundred boats, quays packed with salty types and displays of traditional seamanship both ashore and on the water. Vessels range from winklebrigs to Tall Ships – emphasis is on working craft, but yachts make it there too. Douarnenez is a beautiful harbour situated in a great cruising ground and every day the boats get out to either race or just go for a sail, so there’s always movement on the water. Great music and onshore entertainment too.
In 2020 the event will follow on the four-yearly massive festival of the sea at Brest in Brittany.
After a successful first event in 2017 James Wharram is repeating it with what promises to be a gathering of Wharram catamarans, big and small, to all have a ‘Micro Adventure’ together in the creeks and clear seas of this beautiful part of Cornwall. With camping and campfires on the beach at night.
We invite all Wharram owners in the UK and in adjoining European countries to load their small Wharram cat or outrigger on car or trailer and head for Cornwall. Or sail there on your bigger Wharram and be a mothership to the small ones.
As well as the Mana 24 there will be the Wharram’s Amatasi, Tahiti Wayfarer and Melanesia sailing as well. This is a great opportunity for those that are still deciding which Wharram to build to come and try them all, bring your tent and sleeping bag and hitch a ride on one of the boats. See further details here and on our Facebook event page and do tick your participation or interest. Otherwise please contact us if you will be attending, we need to know numbers.
These two videos showcase the event from what happened in 2017:
Established in 1885 the regatta celebration of all things maritime with a week of events organised for everyone to enjoy and have fun with many stalls.
The Regatta is spread over various days for about 2 weeks due to tide times and availability of crews’ with some of the usually later events taking place before the traditional Regatta Sunday.
The Regatta includes Gaffers & Luggers Sailing Races, Model Yachts Racing, with Dragon Boat Style Racing, World Championship Crabbing Contest, Salmon Boat Races, Gig Sprints, Gig Club Racing, Beach Tug of War, Gig River Races, with competitive W.E.A.R.A. Rowing with over 10 Clubs with over 30 various Races and loads of other events and activities in both Appledore & Instow Villages.
The Regatta activities, traditions and events are organised throughout the Regatta week in the Villages of both Appledore & Instow including: Art Show, Crabbing Competition, Fishing Competition, Sailing Boat Race, Greasy Pole Walking, Model Yacht Racing, Outboard Motor Race, Pilot Gig Sprint Race, Rowing, Sculling over the stern and the Boat Tug of War, Miller & Sweep Flour Battle with a variety of other activities.
Boats: Appledore Quay is a ‘Free Port’ with free Quay side moorings. The Slipway in the Main Car Park near the Seagate Hotel does attract slipway fees. However the slipway at the other end of the Quay is free.
A full fortnight of races on the Menai Straits between North Wales and Anglesey. The sailing takes place on the Menai Strait, a narrow stretch of water separating Anglesey from mainland North Wales. The majority of the boats racing are classic boats such as the Fife OD, the Mersey Mylne OD, and the Conway OD but we also welcome Cruisers and Dinghies in handicap fleets. The event is largely based at Beaumaris towards the Northern end of the Strait but other venues along the Strait are included right up to Caernarfon towards the Southern end.
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.