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The objective for 2004 is the regeneration of the festival as a major event in the calendar of the traditional sailing community.

Invitations have already been extended to all previous visiting boats and we already have well in excess of 40 acceptances.

We are delighted to say that the Reaper and White Wing from the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther will be joining us. Isabella Fortuna from Wick is planning to attend and subject to charter work, Swan from Lerwick hope to join us.

A greatly increased programme of races and awards is in the process of being developed plus a full suite of hospitality events for visiting crews. It really will be a weekend to remember!

If you are a member of the sailing community and would like to know more contact us now.


Talisker steam boat


Fast and furious


WDCS Blue Whale

Photo: Charlie Phillips

Ever wondered how large the biggest animal on earth is?  WDCS, the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society is joining in the fun at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival by bringing along its life-size inflatable Big Blue Whale.  Now is your chance to realise quite how small you are in comparison to this 100 foot giant!

In keeping with the event, WDCS will be providing information and displays on the whales and dolphins with which we share the seas and oceans. Bottlenose dolphins are often seen along the Moray Coast and you can learn about the research that is being carried out to study and protect these intriguing yet vulnerable animals.

Visitors will be able to quiz the experts at presentations made by WDCS staff from the Moray Firth Wildlife Centre in Spey Bay.  There will be games and wildlife quizzes plus face and tattoo painting, all with a marine wildlife theme.

Supporting the Boat Festival is an important part of the work of WDCS as Kelvin Murray, Education Officer pointed out: “The community spirit embodied in the Festival coupled with an understanding of the importance of our natural heritage perfectly compliments our commitment to raising awareness about whales and dolphins”.

Puffin Cruises will be providing 30 minute boat trips from the Harbour throughout the weekend of the Festival (tide allowing). This will provide a superb opportunity to see Portsoy from the sea, to watch the yachts sailing close to, and just possibly to catch a glimpse of Moray Firth's Bottlenose Dolphins

Other water based activities

2004 will also see a much increased programme of water based activities including participation and demonstrations by:

bulletCoracles and Coracles
bulletTalisker steam boat (planning to attend)
bulletAberdeen Watersports
bulletFraserburgh & Findhorn Sea Cadets
bulletRAF Divers
bulletRAF Search and Rescue display
bulletSPLASH Dinghies
bullet'Fast and Furious' and other fun events
bulletHM Coastguards
bulletRNLI - Buckie Lifeboat
bulletRNLI - Macduff Lifeboat
bulletWDCS - 100 foot blue whale!
bullet30 minute boat trips from the harbour with Puffin Cruises

If you want to know or would like to participate in the water based activities contact us now.


RAF Sea King Helicopter