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What's happening at Fambridge Yacht Haven this season?

River Festival is blessed by sunshine and a surprise VIP

06 June 2016

The hottest day of 2016 (so far) ensured the 2016 River Festival was bathed in sunshine as crowds flocked to the Yacht Station at Fambridge to see the collection of historic boats, watch the classic racing and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Visitors were also treated to an unexpected special guest who added to the stellar line-up of boats. 

An impressive display of Classic & Historic Boats

Thames Barge Ironsides, Dutch Barge Drie Gebroeders and a host of other classic and historical boats opened their hatches to members of the public to show off their unique features. The Pioneer Sailing Trust with their 70ft sail training smack and Maldon based Marigold charters with their Gravesend Bawley. Berthed at the Yacht Station, the boats had arrived under grey, eerie conditions in the days prior to the Festival but the fleet looked stunning in full dress and sunshine on the day.

An unexpected, special guest to the River Festival was the wooden topsail ketch Betty Alan. The 60ft wooden classic from the 1930s was visiting Fambridge Yacht Haven to be lifted out in the boatyard. Having arrived and seen the collection of stunning classic boats taking part in the River Festival, Betty Alan's owner promptly delayed his haul out and allowed visitors to go on-board for an exclusive look around. Fambridge Yacht Haven extends a warm thanks to the owners for his generosity.

Racing on the River Crouch

The classic Royal Burnham One Design fleet sailed up to Fambridge on Saturday and then raced on Festival day competing for the Oliver Cup. Full results below.

A range of marine operators also attended the day to demonstrate their latest equipment and talk to marine enthusiasts. One of the most popular attendees, especially with the younger visitors, was the Burnham-on-Crouch RNLI Lifeboat. The team of RNLI volunteers ensured everyone had the chance to see their latest, lifesaving equipment on-board their inshore lifeboat, plus children were given the chance to try on the RNLI uniform including the famous yellow wellies!

We are delighted that the event fundraising raised £120 for the RNLI.


A big thank you to all companies who attended and supported the event including SWF Coastguard, Essex Marine Police, the RNLI Sea Safety Roadshow, 1st North Fambridge Sea Scouts, Dolphin Sails, Ferry Boat Inn PubSociety of Sailing Barge Research, Thames Sailing Barge TrustTideway Dinghies, The Wet Works Chandlery, First Class Sailing East Coast, West Wick Yacht Club and North Fambridge Yacht Club, and South Eastern Marine Services for their life raft demonstration.

Thanks also to Bruce Peckett, Tony Mealing and Fleeting Shadows for their musical entertainment. 

Race Results for the Oliver Race, Sunday 5th June, Royal Burnham One Design racing at Fambridge:

  1. Amanda, D Smith
  2. Phalarope, C Corrigan
  3. White Rose, C Cole
  4. Red Jacket, S & T Herring
  5. Mandarin, W & B Dallimore
  6. Bluebell, D & K Wastnage

Full results