Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bluebird is back at boat festival

SIR Malcolm Campbell’s 130mph world record-breaking speedboat, the Bluebird K3, will again attempt its first public

SIR Malcolm Campbell’s 130mph world record-breaking speedboat, the Bluebird K3, will again attempt its first public outing under its own power at this year’s Thames Traditional Boat Festival at Henley, which takes place over the weekend of July 15 to 17.

Last year’s festival was a great success, with more than 10,000 visitors and the Bluebird K3’s attempt drew huge crowds to the bank in anticipation.

Unfortunately, there was a small engine bay fire that halted the run — so better luck to the Bluebird this time around!

More than 180 traditional boats of all sorts and sizes will take part this year — from Three Men in a Boat-style Thames rowing skiffs and punts, Venetian gondolas to slipper launches and a fleet of more than 20 Dunkirk Little Ships, including a return visit from Second World War torpedo boat, the MTB 102.

In addition, the very popular Queen’s row barge Gloriana will pay a return visit, enabling the public to get close up and see her being rowed each day.



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