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
Once again, Southampton’s Mayflower Park will host Britain’s “Biggest Boating Festival”, with exhibitions from all over the world, including the small boat park, a visiting Tall Ship and a host of boats in the floating marina.
The Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai enlivens the Bay of Cannes, in late September like no other sailing event. Classics, including the Big Class, Spirit of Tradition, Metre class boats, Dragons and Tofinou one-designs will gather in a unique display of beauty, elegance and competition.
The event is run by the Yacht Club de Cannes (France) founded in 1860 and has been running for 40 years
The bay of Cannes will be, once again the place to be for sailors and fans. As the autumn is just about started, the fleet criss-crossing the bay will unite beauty, heritage and close racing. A unique line-up gathering some of the most famous yachts from last century, from the tiny Arcadia to the majestic Cambria. No less than 150 classic and traditional yachts will fight for victory on a race area close to the stunning Lérins Islands, bringing back memories from the yachting “golden age”.
The Dragons celebrate their participation to the Régates Royales de Cannes
Since their comeback to Cannes in 1987, the Dragons haven’t stopped attracting and charming fans of one-design sail racing. It will happen again this year, when some fifty crews coming from ten different countries, will meet in the Cote d’Azur. The Régates Royales will pull together the best Dragon sailors for four days of very close racing.
The pop up village
Set on the Quai Laubeuf the Régates Royales –Trophée Panerai village will animate every day before and after racing time with several attractions, namely at night.
This is the jaw-dropper – many of the world’s finest restored classic yachts tied stern to in the historic stone harbour of St Tropez, and racing in the gulf during the day make for a truly awesome sight.
The event started with a race between a modern and a classic yacht at the end of September in 1981 and grew into a classic boating jamboree called The Nioulargue – named after an offshore reef buoy marker for the racing.
It’s one of those events that should be on every classic sailor’s bucket list – even if it’s just to watch the 300 or so boats (of all types and size) out racing from the harbour mole and then to have a pint in the Irish bar.
Accommodation can be surprisingly good value – at this end of the season and the conviviality of the crews is infectious. Nearest airport is Nice.
SOCIÉTÉ NAUTIQUE DE SAINT-TROPEZ
Parking du Port – BP 72
83992 SAINT-TROPEZ Cedex
Tel. + 33 (0) 4 94 97 30 54
Fax + 33 (0) 4 94 97 87 00
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