Friday 29th July until Monday 1st August.
Held in the picturesque Barbican old harbour, Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally presents a display of classic motor and sail boats over four days as well as shore side events, a parade of sail and racing in Plymouth Sound. Up to 75 vessels enter the Rally each year which have ranged from Dunkirk Little Ships, lifeboats and even a WW1 Motor Boat to historic sail fishing boats, Pilot Cutters and new build traditional design sail boats. These can be viewed by the public alongside the pontoons over the weekend or from the Hoe on Sunday while the Parade of Sail and racing take place in the Sound. Protected by the breakwater and surrounded by hills Plymouth Sound is considered one of the finest harbours in the country. The Sound offers a perfect backdrop for racing and cruising.
Organisation and Management
Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally 2017 will be held on the last full weekend of July as usual which is from Friday 28th to Monday 31st July. Make a note of these dates in your diary and if you wish to come along please apply early in the year.
Just about every berth space we could conjure was filled with a fine collection of all manner of boats. And the ambience amongst crews matched the sunny day . So much so that the banter and chatter of the pontoon party on Saturday evening almost drowned out the music. Lubrication with ale supplied from the Ship Inn[…]
The Parade of Sail and Power will be led by the historic Lifeboats attending the Rally. The Parade is scheduled to start at 13oo on Sunday the 31st. Boats will led along the Hoe, from the Mount Batten breakwater round the starboard hand mark “Ash” in front of the West Hoe and back to the breakwater.[…]
The weather looks as though it may well be with us so we hope all who come along enjoy themselves and get involved in making this a thoroughly enjoyable event ! We look forward to seeing you there.
With little over three weeks to go if you are still hoping to come along to the Rally then please register now. We have to send the handbook of boats attending the Rally to the printers two weeks before it starts so if you wish your boat to be included we need you registered by the[…]
We are delighted that we will be joined by two and possibly three of these fine old vessels. So far a 1920’s coal fired steam boat and another built in the 1930’s are registered. These lovely old vessels represent another aspect of our maritime heritage where the age of steam wrought huge changes in boat design. These[…]
The Nao Victoria a Replica of Magellan’s boat, the first to navigate the globe will be visiting the Rally
The replica of one Ferdinand Magellan’s boats and the first to circumnavigate the globe will be joining the Rally. Magellan’s fleet which was commissioned by Charles 1 of Spain to seek a westbound passage to the Spice Islands comprised five boats. It set sail from Seville on the 10th August 1519 and in 1522 the Victoria was the[…]
If you look at the gathering list of entrants for this year’s Rally you may notice that Our Boys is amongst those coming. She is very much a part of our nautical heritage and registered on the list of National Historic Ships. Built in 1904 in East Looe where she was registered as FY 201[…]
Each year we try to invite a selection of boats of special interest for both the crews and public to see. This year we had hoped to get one of the Brixham Sail Trawlers and we have just had confirmation that Vigilance will be coming. She is a noble ketch rigged vessel of some 78feet[…]