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We are delighted to say that boat registrations are coming in at a great rate. (To see list click HERE) Several new visitors have already booked their moorings but we are also pleased to confirm that the magnificent Reaper from Anstruther will be returning to Portsoy as will the beautiful Isabella Fortuna from Wick.

2006 Photos from the yacht Capella
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The Royal Yachting Association Scotland and SPLASH children's sailing programmes were a huge success in 2005 and we're delighted to say that, working with the Portsoy Parent Support Group and Banff Academy, we are holding two weeks of sailing training in the lead up to the Festival. We're hoping to get as many children as possible (and some adults too) onto the water for Stage I and Stage II sailing training.

We also piloted a boat-building project in 2005 and in cooperation with Banff Academy and Ballindalloch Estate, James Crombie, Bert Reid and Pete Danks will work with a group of children to build a faering. (For the uninitiated, the faering is a traditional Norwegian design almost identical to the boats imported to the north of Scotland in the 16th/17th centuries, and the forebear of modern types like the foureens and sixereens of Shetland, or the Ness yole.)

Starting with the kids selecting the trees for felling, seeing the wood being milled and then building the craft including making the sails and ropes (and even the tar), it will be an exciting project for the team and they look forward to showing the progress they've made at the Festival. It's all part of the Festival's support and partnering with Sea Vision UK, the national programme to create greater awareness of our great maritime heritage. More ...

On and Around the Harbour

As ever, there'll be a mass of things to see and do on the water and around the harbour. A host of traditional craft from all over the country; rowing; kedging; fast and furious; craft and heritage demonstrators; Artsability; Sea Cadets; HM Coastguard; North 58; Puffin Cruises and much, much more. Watch out too for local school children  who will be repeating their super street theatre, but this year on the theme of smuggling.


Fast and Furious Raft Race

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