TradBoat Calendar A-Z
Classic Boat Festivals, Rallies & Races 

                     We are currently updating for 2010  To add your Event free of charge, please email Tradboat at

Visitors please note all dates should be checked before setting out.

Avon Classic Boat Festival : see River Avon

Barge Match Dates 2010.

Medway - 22th May
Blackwater Barge Match
, 5th June
Passage Match, 12th June
Pin Mill Barge Match
,  19th June
Thames Barge Match,
3rd July 
Swale Match,
7th August
28th August
Colne Match,
4th September

To Check dates and for more details and information about where barges can be viewed from shoreside go to :

Beale Park Thames Boat Show 
Venue: Pangbourne-on-Thames
Dates: 4-6 June 2010

This is a very pleasant out-door show with tented stands surrounding the lake.  Exhibits include many craft built in traditional style in both original and modern materials, and there is plenty of opportunity to go afloat.  (There is also plenty of free car parking. Ed.)

Beaulieu Boat Jumble
and Boat World 

at Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu
Hants SO42 7Z
Tel: (for stand space) 01590 614614

Boat World is an event from trailable boats 
which will be displayed in the Beaulieu Arena
More details:
Date:              25th April 2010            

Brest International Festival of the Sea
Dates: Festival takes place every 4 years.  Next July 2012
Association BREST 2000
24 Quai de la Douane
29200 Brest

+ 33 2 98 32 2000
+33 2 98 2004

The festival is open to traditional boats and ships of all sizes and types, and to classic yachts


Brightlingsea - Old gaffers at Brightlingsea
East Coast Races and Parade of Sail.
Details of this and other East Coast Events at:

British Classic Motor Boat Rally 
Organised by Windermere Motor Boat Racing Club
Broad Leys, Ghyll Head, 
Cumbria LH23 3LJ

Tel: 015394 43284 
On public view at the Windermere Steamboat Museum 
British and European Classic Motor Boats


Brixham Heritage Festival Rally & Race
for Sailing Trawlers & Gaff-Rig Vessels 2009

Date:          tba
Contact:     Mathew Maxted, Organiser

Working boat and ex working boat classes

Sailing Trawlers.  Race for the King George V Cup (given by the King in 1919 and first awarded in 1922) & Brixham Heritage Cup. 
Working Boats.  
Race for the Jefferson Punch Bowl & Carter Cup
Small Working Boats. Race for the Forty Ton Cup

Classic Yachts

Cruising & Open Yachts. (Gaff Rig) Race for the William & Sam Cup 
This class is for gaff-rig yachts principally designed for cruising or recreational use.  
Cruising & Open Yachts (Berm Rig) Race for the Brixham Heritage Salver
Wooden traditional yachts - generally over 30 years old and designed for cruising or recreational use.

Photo: Leader. Vigilant

Dartmouth Classic Weekend
Classic Channel Regatta 2009
Dartmouth - Paimpol - St Peter Port

Description:  A  seven-day regatta of several linked events: the Dartmouth Classics, including the Dartmouth Classic Weekend


East Coast Classics

Falmouth Classics 2009

This year the Classic will include a group of super yachts of the 1900s - up to 46m overall!


Fife Regatta
Date: tba
Venue: Largs

Racing on original courses for Fife designed boats, including passage races to Rhu and Rothsay.


Flensburg and Kappeln 


Organised by the Museumshafen Kappeln , this meeting takes place each year on Ascension Day  (Himmelfahrt).  The regatta starts in Kappeln an der Schlei, a 20km long fjord in Northern Schleswig-Holstein on the Ostsee.  The route takes participants to Sonderborg, a small Danish town on the border with Germany.  All gaff rigged vessels may participate, sailing together as a single class.
Date: Contact:

Rum Regatta

The Rum Regatta takes place in Flensburg which is only 50k from Kappeln.  Most ships sailing in the Heringsregatta will sail to Flensburg to take part.  This year (2004) the festival will begin in Flensburg on the 20th of May in celebration of 25 years of Museumshafen Flensburg
Dates: Contact:  

There are two organizations for traditional craft in Germany

Freunde des Gaffelrigs is concerned with former fishing boats and trading ships. Visit their home page at
(Available in German and Danish)

Freundeskreis Klassische Yachten is concerned with all classic boats and yachts built for leisure use.  Additional information FKY and  regatta dates in Germany will be found at
(Available in English)

Additional information Contact:
Klemens Wanke

Fowey Classics

Date: tba

Venue: Fowey Harbour Cornwall

Description: The program highlight of  the 2007 event in Fowey will be the launching of a replica of the late 19th century Gorran Haven Crabber - a local spritsail yawl rigged inshore fishing boat.  This maritime heritage project has been funded through the generosity of the Fowey Classic entrants.  Our 2007 programme gains an extra day thanks to the later timing of the Falmouth Classics.   Scottish whisky distiller Old Pultney has bravely presented a trophy and some nice whisky for a new and original sailing event on Friday 3rd August

Contact: Roy Downes The Mill House,  Trethake,  
Lanteglos by Fowey,  Cornwall Post Code: PL23 1NL UK
Tel: + 44  (0)1726 870 627

La Nioulargue
Organisers: Yacht Club de St Tropez
Meeting for large classic yachts. 

Maldon Town Regatta  


Model Boat Rally, Windermere 
The Windermere Steamboat Museum
Rayrigg Road
Cumbria LA23 1BN
Tel: 015394 45565 Fax: 015394 45769

Several meeting for modellers throughout the year.  Details on the Museum web site.


Moray Firth Flotilla
Date: tba
Moray Firth Coast, Wick, Lybster, Helmsdale,Cromarty, Invergordon, Buckie, Portsoy

Contact: Sinclair Young
Dalry House,  Culbokie.  Dingwall,  Ross-shire.   IV7 8JH   

  Email:  Website:


Morbihan - La Semaine du Golfe du Morbihan 
Contact: Anne Morice
Tel: (+33) 29 76 22 005

Maritime Festival inviting traditional and classic boats for a nautical and festive programme in the beautiful waters of the Golfe du Morbihan, South Brittany

McGruer Classic Boat Weekend
Venue: Gareloch, Scotland
Dates: to be advised

Paimpol Shanty Festival & Traditional Sailing Boats

Plymouth Classic Boat Rally - See Sutton Harbour below

Quais des Artistes
Binic, St Brieuc, and Plerin in St Brieucs's Bay
North Brittany
Contact: Jean-Luc Huet

Traditional boats, older boats, wooden boats, music, theatre, cartoons, a true meeting of Arts and the Sea. 

Raid Finland 2009
Dates: 2nd August 2009 for five days  (Arrive on the 1st)

Venue:  Hanko Archipelago in Southern Finalnd. Starting and returning to Bromarv.
Now in its sixth year this long distance adventure race on Finland's South Coast,  is for traditional or classic craft between 4.5 and 7.5m, under sail and oar.

Riva Meeting
Organisers: Club Riva, Sweden
(Members of the Riva Historical Society)
Contact: Per Wadstrom, President Riva Club, Sweden

R Avon Classic Boat Festival

Evesham, Worcestershire
Two day classic and wooden boat rally with on-shore and water-based space for cruisers, dinghies, day boats, canoes, sail, paddle and power craft. Trade space, boat equipment and car boot sales areas.  Social activities, competitions and fireworks display.  Sorry, no narrowboats. 
Barrie Baldelli
57 Burford Road, Evesham, Worcs WR11 3AG
07880 840375 or 01386 41746

Sail Caledonia 2010
Venue: Great Glen, Scotland
Contact: Martin Balcombe
Tel: +44 (0) 1397 772 167

Competitive festival for small boats under sail and oar, coast to coast by way of the spectacular scenery of the Great Glen.

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival 
Contact for sailing matters:
Andy Wrate
Tel:  01651 872 889
Contact for administration
Bill Welsh
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
The Old Mill Office
Burnside, Portsoy AB45 2QN
Tel and Fax: 01261 842951
Location: Portsoy, Banffshire, on the Murray Firth.
Racing and other events ashore and afloat. 

Shipmate Classic Yacht Regatta

Bi-annual event with three days of racing and fun for classic yachts 
(Bermudan and Gaff rigged)

Contact: Gosine Broerson
Address: Karveel 33-11, Lelystad
8231 BH Netherlands

+31 (0)320 247813


Southwold Old Gaffers Festival of the Sea

Southwold Pier will be the centre for the races and a maritime exhibition, with craft alongside.  Southwold Harbour will accommodate as many craft as possible.



Sutton Harbour  -  Plymouth Classic Boat Rally
Dates:  tba

Contact:  Andy Demaine 
Tripcony House, St Germans Cornwall. PL12 5LS
Tel: (01503) 230292  Email:
Web site at:

Venue: Sutton Harbour , Plymouth
Description: The event will take place in the historic port of Sutton Harbour, Plymouth (close to the Mayflower steps).  The event is open to all traditional, classic and reproduction boats (75 entries last year)   The fee is 25-35 depending upon LOD and includes free receptions and entertainment over the weekend.  There is racing for all clesses on Sunday and Monday.  The rally is now a part of the Classic Channel Regatta

Swallows & Amazons  
Open boats


Tiree Regattas
Venue: Scarinish, Tiree
An event for luggers, particularly the Tiree luggger, but all visitors welcome


Thames Sailing Barge Matches
Dates for 200
p are shown at the top of this page and on our Sailing Barge pages

Thames Traditional Boat Rally 2009

A country venue at which to see the best of  Thames traditional boats including steam and electric launches, Thames traditional slipper launches, skiffs and punts.  Dunkirk Little Ships join the parade, and there is a good deal of entertainment on the bank side including a fine jazz band.  

Excellent parking and a picnic atmosphere. Advance Tickets available, either call (01932) 888415 or visit the web site.

Dates:  at Fawley Meadows, Henley


Two Rivers Festival
(Blackwater, Stour and Orwell)
Dates: Previously August / September


Vintage Wooden Boat Association National Rally

VWBA run a series of events throughout the year
Dates on their web site

Venue: Beccles Yacht Station

More details of the association see: The Vintage Wooden Boat Association on our Heritage pages

West Cornwall Maritime Festival

The Festival Office  
Penwith District Council
St Clare, Penzance
Cornwall TR18 3QW

Tel: 01736 362341 Fax: 01736 364292


Windermere Model Boat Rally 2006
The Windermere Steamboat Museum
Rayrigg Road
Cumbria LA23 1BN
Tel: 015394 45565 Fax: 015394 45769
: tba

Meeting for modellers
throughout the year


Windermere Steam Boat Association Rally 2009

Public Display
The Windermere Steamboat Museum
Rayrigg Road
Cumbria LA23 1BN
015394 45565 Fax: 015394 45769

  Charles Smith Publications. Last updated:  27 January 2010