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Developments of the all important maritime programme in the 2005 Festival

bulletAt the heart of it are the skippers ... and we look forward to welcoming back all our friends and most welcome new faces. Work is being done on the sailing programme and associated activities for visiting skippers and their crews. For an update on who is already registered click HERE
bulletWe are determined to make the Festival an opportunity for young people to be introduced to and discover the joys of sailing. Please let us have your thoughts on how this might be realised, but in the meantime, three initiatives are being developed -
bulletin the week leading up to the Festival, a programme of tasters and sailing tutorials with the Royal Yachting Association Scotland
bulletalso in the week leading up to the Festival a group of children will be given the opportunity to build coracles. This will be overseen by 'Coracle Man' Dave Purvis. Associated with this will be the construction of a 'Spey Coracle', an historic craft unique to the locality.
bulletfollowing their hugely successful participation in 2004, SPLASH Dingies are returning to carry out their programme of sailing experience
bulletImportantly, 2005 is the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar and the Festival is registered as one of the events participating in the national promotions SeaBritain 2005 and SeaScotland 2005.

So, what has the Battle of Trafalgar got to do with the Moray Firth?

As you will discover, quite a lot, including the fact that the ship of the line Mars at the Battle was commanded by a local man, George Duff (and that his son, Norwich Duff,  a 13 year old member of his father's crew at the Battle, rose to become an Admiral.)

At the Festival we will be doing much to reflect the period including the presence of the replica launch from the film "The Bounty" (1984 with Laurence Olivier, Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson). As historians will know, the mutiny of the Bounty was in April 1789 but the launch represents a craft which would have been totally familiar to every sailor at the Battle of Trafalgar. At the Festival the launch will be crewed by 18 men and women volunteers. [For more about the launch click HERE]

If you would like to be member of the launch's crew contact Alex Bartleman ( phone 01466 780965, email ) who will be training the volunteers in the week leading up to the Festival.

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George Duff