Friday, 21 September 2018

Every craft imaginable at Boat Festival

THOUSANDS of people attended the Thames Traditional Boat Festival over the weekend

THOUSANDS of people attended the Thames Traditional Boat Festival over the weekend.

The three-day event, which started on Friday, saw more than 180 boats take to the river.

Rowing skiffs punts, Venetian gondolas, slipper launches, amphibious cars and a fleet of more than 20 Dunkirk Little Ships were involved.

There were 30 awards up for grabs including the Fred and Sheila Bourne Trophy for best boat in show, best hat, best dressed man and woman, the Chaplain Trophy for best unpowered craft and the Eccentricity Trophy for the most eccentric craft on show.

Air displays were held on both Saturday and Sunday, using vintage and wartime aircraft including the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.

There were vintage fairground with rides and stalls for all the family.

But Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 130mph world record-breaking speedboat, the Bluebird K3, was unable to appear as scheduled due to mechanical problems.

At last year's event the hydroplane boat made it onto the water but was sidelined by an engine fire.

Another returning attraction this year included Gloriana, the Queen's row barge.

For a full report and pictures, see this week's Henley Standard - out on Friday.



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