Filtering by: Maritime

Jul
21
12:30 PM12:30

Newfound Friends

Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and now they are helping to make lifesaving fun for the next generation of lifeguards. Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands, the canine members of the Newfound Friends Society, arrive at a lake in the Cotswold’s to hone their lifesaving skills along with their human lifeguard companions. The dogs are so enthusiastic about the training that it certainly rubs off on the young trainees. These incredible dogs raise money for Children’s charities with their daring displays. They’ve appeared on Blue Peter, GMTV, Countryfile, ITV and the One Show.

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Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Young Shipwrights Boat Race

My Future, My Choice, Learning Ships Project

Over the last few months, hundreds of local primary school children have been working with businesses to see who can build the fastest cardboard model of a Bristol pilot cutter or caravel. Visit www.myfuturemychoice.co.uk to find out more about the Learning Ships Project.

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Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Family Maritime Trail

This year we are introducing an all-new family Maritime Heritage trail to the Bristol Harbour Festival that will encourage visitors to visit some of the key heritage points throughout the city.

From Redcliffe Way to Clifton Suspension Bridge, it will encourage Harbour Festival visitors to navigate the whole Harbour over the festival weekend and really discover what is on offer and see the Harbour from a new perspective.

Whether you’re a budding sailor, history enthusiast or just love taking in the Bristol sights, the trail will enable you to explore like never before.  Learn how much it cost to travel on the ss Great Britain or how the prize-winning ‘Concept Ship’ is powered through your participation.

For every completed trail, participants will have the chance to win a boat kit to make your own model of a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter.

The trail map is available to download from here if you want to print it at home or you can pick up a copy from volunteers at the Bristol Harbour Festival or by picking up a copy of The Post.

Run by ‘My Future My Choice’ , they were set up in 2009 to address the need identified by businesses and school leaders for practical opportunities for young people to engage with the world outside school.

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Jul
20
3:50 PM15:50

Jack Moule: Jetski stunts

Professional jet skier and daredevil Jack Moule landed his first job as a professional jet skier when he was just 17 years old. He’s won five British Championships, two National Championships and a World Championship. With his incredible backflips, rolls and tricks we’re sure he’ll make a big splash at the Harbour Festival this year.

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Jul
20
2:30 PM14:30

Newfound Friends

Newfoundland dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years and now they are helping to make lifesaving fun for the next generation of lifeguards. Each week a group of magnificent 14 stone Newfoundlands, the canine members of the Newfound Friends Society, arrive at a lake in the Cotswold’s to hone their lifesaving skills along with their human lifeguard companions. The dogs are so enthusiastic about the training that it certainly rubs off on the young trainees. These incredible dogs raise money for Children’s charities with their daring displays. They’ve appeared on Blue Peter, GMTV, Countryfile, ITV and the One Show.

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Jul
20
1:15 PM13:15

Bristol Cardboar Boat Race

In support of the Learning Ships project, local teams have created seaworthy vessels out of cardboard! The boat that makes it to the end of the 250 metre course the fastest wins. There are special prizes for the most innovative and least seaworthy vessels. All funds raised by the race will support the Young Shipwright Workshops for primary schools. Donations can be made via My Future My Choice www.myfuturemychoice.co.uk

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Jul
20
12:45 PM12:45

The Aircraft Carrier Challenge

Get ready for a fast paced technical race with this challenge set by the Royal Navy to engineering businesses that have built or designed elements of the HMS Bristol of Wales. In the lead up to the festival, competitors made their ‘carriers’ to compete in a race to a buoy during the festival. The aircraft (aka very small drones) will then fly out to the ‘carriers,’ land and have to return to the jetty to win.

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Jul
20
12:00 PM12:00

Young Shipwrights Boat Race

My Future, My Choice, Learning Ships Project

Over the last few months, hundreds of local primary school children have been working with businesses to see who can build the fastest cardboard model of a Bristol pilot cutter or caravel. Visit www.myfuturemychoice.co.uk to find out more about the Learning Ships Project.

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Jul
20
10:00 AM10:00

Family Maritime Trail

This year we are introducing an all-new family Maritime Heritage trail to the Bristol Harbour Festival that will encourage visitors to visit some of the key heritage points throughout the city.

From Redcliffe Way to Clifton Suspension Bridge, it will encourage Harbour Festival visitors to navigate the whole Harbour over the festival weekend and really discover what is on offer and see the Harbour from a new perspective.

Whether you’re a budding sailor, history enthusiast or just love taking in the Bristol sights, the trail will enable you to explore like never before.  Learn how much it cost to travel on the ss Great Britain or how the prize-winning ‘Concept Ship’ is powered through your participation.

For every completed trail, participants will have the chance to win a boat kit to make your own model of a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter.

The trail map is available to download from here if you want to print it at home or you can pick up a copy from volunteers at the Bristol Harbour Festival or by picking up a copy of The Post.

Run by ‘My Future My Choice’ , they were set up in 2009 to address the need identified by businesses and school leaders for practical opportunities for young people to engage with the world outside school.

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Jul
10
3:20 PM15:20

Steam Boats

An integral part of our nautical heritage that helped to kickstart the industrial revolution, steam powered boats! This element of the programme is organised by Chew Valley locals Kevin and Gillie Slater on behalf of the Steam Boat Association of Great Britain (SBA). Many of the steamboats you see over the weekend are hand built by their owners with elegant engineering and design.

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Power8 Sprints
Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

Power8 Sprints

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A brand new and exciting feature for this year's Bristol Harbour Festival will be Power8 Sprints, 350m high-octane rowing action that will be the headline act on the water.

The event will see crews from eight cities go head-to-head, in a knock-out tournament, with the winners of the men's and women's event crowned Power8 Sprints champions.

Bristol, Cambridge, Exeter, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Oxford will all be represented by crews at the inaugural Power8 Sprints.

Crews will race in eights - the blue riband event of the Olympic Games - over 350m, where technical skill combined with raw power will be critical to crossing the finish line first. Each race is expected to take around one minute, with high-octane rowing from start to finish.

Spectators lining the harbourside in Bristol will be able to watch the action on the water, from the explosion of power off the start line to the glory of the finish line, all from one spot. For anyone who can't make it down the Harbour Festival, Power8 Sprints will be broadcast live on the Power8 Sprints Facebook page and BT Sport.

As well as the rowing action on the water, British Rowing will be hosting a fan zone, located next to the MShed where there will be giveaways, prize draws and the chance to give rowing a go. The City Champions will also be there on the day, including Olympic champion Matt Gotrel who is the Power* Sprints City Champion for Bristol.

Gotrel said “I’m looking forward to being involved and hope that we can see Bristol get as close to that trophy as possible."

In the build-up to the festival, British Rowing is running a city-wide indoor rowing challenge, the Powers Sprints Gym Challenge. Simply row 350m as fast as you can on an indoor rowing machine, enter your time on the British Rowing website and be entered into a free prize draw to win British Rowing Mizuno kit and the opportunity to be a VIP guest of British Rowing at the Bristol Harbour Festival and meet some inspiring and awesome Olympic and Paralympic rowers.

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Newfoundland Dogs
Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Newfoundland Dogs

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A hugely popular part of the Bristol Harbour Festival, Newfoundland Dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years .

The Newfound Friends are an impressive sight when in the water and their water safety and rescue skills have gained them many influential supporters. But how do these hairy kings of the water with their thick fur coats manage to swim so well?

Their fur actually helps, it's oily which helps to make the dogs bouyant and they have two layers of coat which provides insulation to keep them warm in the water. But the Newfoundlands most exceptional swimming aid is the fact that they have flaps of skin between their toes on all four feet, effectively giving them webbed feet which make excellent paddles.

The Royal Life Saving Society has honoured the dogs for their lifesaving skills and promotion of water safety. The dogs of Newfound Friends are the only dogs ever to attain such awards of commendation from the society.

The dogs will be performing at 12.15pm on Sunday .

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Pyronaut
Jul
22
12:00 PM12:00

Pyronaut

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Always a firm Harbour Festival Favourite, the Pyronaut will once again be firing up its jets to put on another spectacular display for the dockside crowds.

Built in Bristol in 1934, Pyronaut (originally named Phoenix II) worked from the Prince Street Bridge river police station. She had a crew of three firemen, including an engineer who was based in the engine room.

In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol Blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour.

By the late 1960s, Pyronaut’s equipment had become worn out and obsolete and in 1973 she was put up for sale. She eventually came into the care of M Shed  and was completely restored. You can now see her on Princes Wharf in front of M Shed and in full water-spraying action at  the Harbour Festival .

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The Iris
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

The Iris

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The Iris is a traditional Dutch herring-lugger. With her overall length of 36.00 metres (118 ft), beam of 6.7 metres (22 ft) and draught of 2.8 metres (9 ft) she combines excellent sailing qualities with a high level of comfort.

The Iris was launched in The Netherlands in 1916 and launched as the “Pallas”. In that year she made five voyages to the Shetland Islands bringing home no less than 1683 barrels of herring! Sailing-luggers are the fastest and most reliable ships to sail the waters of the North Sea.

 The home port of the Iris is the beautiful Veerhaven in the centre of Rotterdam.

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Etoile Molene
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Etoile Molene

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The Etoile Molène was built of wood in 1954 in Camaret. This versatile boat was initially used to fish for tuna in the Bay of Biscay and then for trawling in Ireland.

After being laid up in Douarnenez, she was abandoned and sank a few years later. She was salvaged by Bob Escoffier, who purchased and completely restored her before sailing her in the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic yacht race in 1994. She is 35 metres long with a 450 m2 sail area.  Her home port is St. Malo

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The Matthew
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

The Matthew

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Keep a sharp lookout for the Matthew of Bristol throughout the Harbour Festival weekend.

The ship is a replica of the 15th century caravel that John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. In 1997 she sailed across the Atlantic once more to mark the 500th anniversary of the original voyage.

Today, The Matthew is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage and is regarded by many as the city’s unofficial flagship with a busy schedule of public trips, film and festival work, corporate and celebration events.

Entry when the ship is moored at the quayside is free though as a registered charity any donations in the collection box are very much appreciated.

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Irene
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Irene

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One of the UK’s last remaining West Country ketches will visit this year’s Bristol Harbour festival. This historic vessel was launched on 29 May 1907 at the Bridgwater yard of FJ Carver & Sons and sold to Colthurst Symonds, a local brick and tile producer and who named the vessel after his daughter Irene.  She sailed thousands of voyages as a cargo vessel carrying tiles and bricks, coal and clay.

In private ownership since 1965 and following many years of professional and loving restoration Irene now runs traditional holidays around the UK and beyond.

Irene was awarded the prestigious UK flagship of the Year in 2015 in recognition of the active role she plays in promoting our maritime heritage. She is part of the National Historic ships fleet of important working vessels that played such a vital role in our history.

 Come and find out more about her amazing history. Located by the M shed from Friday 21st July.  www.ireness.com

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Western Boat Show
Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

Western Boat Show

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If the sights of all this glittering water and billowing sails gives you a hankering for your own vessel, then head to the The Western Boat Show at Hannover Quay on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (by Cafe Gusto).

The show, which runs across all three days of the Harbour Festival weekend, will display a range of new and used boats for offshore and inland use to suit every budget – anything from collapsible dinghies, inflatables, canal boats, sailing boats, speed boats to large motor boats – not forgetting all the boating equipment, from engines, clothing, marinas, holidays, sails to deck shoes for boating enthusiasts.

The Show also covers all sorts of ways of getting on the water with canoes, paddle boards and other watersports equipment on display.

The land-based show is free to all festival visitors and visitors can register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/western-boat-show-2018-tickets-37682915615) for free tickets to gain exclusive access to the boats displayed on the pontoons.

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Western Boat Show is the perfect place to start your search. For the full list of exhibitors and to register for free tickets, visit www.westernboatshow.co.uk

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Steam Boats
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Steam Boats

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Before trains, cars, trucks and airplanes existed, rivers were used for travel. River travel was often slow because speed of travel depended on the river current and manpower.

That all changed with the introduction of steam powered boats in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The steam-powered boats could travel at the astonishing speed of up to five miles per hour.

The Steam boating element of the Festival is organised by Chew Valley locals Kevin and Gillie Slater on behalf of the Steam Boat Association of Great Britain (SBA). The SBA mission is to foster and encourage steam boating and the building, development, preservation and restoration of steam boats and steam machinery.

Many of the boats attending are hand built by their owners and both beautifully engineered and elegantly designed.

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Newfoundland Dogs
Jul
21
2:30 PM14:30

Newfoundland Dogs

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A hugely popular part of the Bristol Harbour Festival, Newfoundland Dogs have been the St. Bernards of the sea for hundreds of years .

The Newfound Friends are an impressive sight when in the water and their water safety and rescue skills have gained them many influential supporters. But how do these hairy kings of the water with their thick fur coats manage to swim so well?

Their fur actually helps, it's oily which helps to make the dogs bouyant and they have two layers of coat which provides insulation to keep them warm in the water. But the Newfoundlands most exceptional swimming aid is the fact that they have flaps of skin between their toes on all four feet, effectively giving them webbed feet which make excellent paddles.

The Royal Life Saving Society has honoured the dogs for their lifesaving skills and promotion of water safety. The dogs of Newfound Friends are the only dogs ever to attain such awards of commendation from the society.

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Jack Moule
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Jack Moule

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*Note - Jack will be performing at 2pm and 3.50pm on the Saturday

Jetski stunt genius Jack Moule impressed from an early age, landing his first job as a professional jet skier at the tender age of 17.

Anyone who has seen him perform will know why his talents are so much in demand. With incredible backflips and rolls, he's used to making more than a splash in front of big crowds.

Jack has won five British Championships, two National Championships, a World Stock Championship and has appeared on TV many times including in an Adidas advert.

He's provided great entertainment for tens of thousands of people at events like the London Boat Show, and we're looking forward to welcoming him to the 2018 Bristol Harbour Festival.

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Cardboard Boat Race
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

Cardboard Boat Race

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To the audiences who enjoy it every year from the walkways around the Floating Harbour, this looks like a very silly event but trust us, the teams take it very seriously.

The participants are all supporting the Young Shipwrights Project which gets children out on the water and building their own boats.

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Young Shipwright's Boat Race
Jul
21
12:15 PM12:15

Young Shipwright's Boat Race

This event always creates an incredible scene with hundreds of children exploring the long tradition of boat building on the Harbour before creating their own models of the Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter to race.

The project is supported by the Festival and local businesses who fund the workshops for schools and send volunteers to work with teams of children.

Over the past eight years some 7,000 children have taken part in the boat building and racing.

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Pyronaut
Jul
21
12:00 PM12:00

Pyronaut

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Always a firm Harbour Festival Favourite, the Pyronaut will once again be firing up its jets to put on another spectacular display for the dockside crowds.

Built in Bristol in 1934, Pyronaut (originally named Phoenix II) worked from the Prince Street Bridge river police station. She had a crew of three firemen, including an engineer who was based in the engine room.

In 1940, Pyronaut was faced with her most challenging fire-fighting period, as the air raids of the Bristol Blitz damaged and destroyed countless warehouses, factories, shops and homes around the Floating Harbour.

By the late 1960s, Pyronaut’s equipment had become worn out and obsolete and in 1973 she was put up for sale. She eventually came into the care of M Shed  and was completely restored. You can now see her on Princes Wharf in front of M Shed and in full water-spraying action at  the Harbour Festival .

View Event →
The Matthew
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

The Matthew

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Keep a sharp lookout for the Matthew of Bristol throughout the Harbour Festival weekend.

The ship is a replica of the 15th century caravel that John Cabot sailed from Bristol to Newfoundland in 1497. In 1997 she sailed across the Atlantic once more to mark the 500th anniversary of the original voyage.

Today, The Matthew is a much-loved part of Bristol’s maritime heritage and is regarded by many as the city’s unofficial flagship with a busy schedule of public trips, film and festival work, corporate and celebration events.

Entry when the ship is moored at the quayside is free though as a registered charity any donations in the collection box are very much appreciated.

View Event →
Western Boat Show
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

Western Boat Show

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If the sights of all this glittering water and billowing sails gives you a hankering for your own vessel, then head to the The Western Boat Show at Hannover Quay on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (by Cafe Gusto).

The show, which runs across all three days of the Harbour Festival weekend, will display a range of new and used boats for offshore and inland use to suit every budget – anything from collapsible dinghies, inflatables, canal boats, sailing boats, speed boats to large motor boats – not forgetting all the boating equipment, from engines, clothing, marinas, holidays, sails to deck shoes for boating enthusiasts.

The Show also covers all sorts of ways of getting on the water with canoes, paddle boards and other watersports equipment on display.

The land-based show is free to all festival visitors and visitors can register (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/western-boat-show-2018-tickets-37682915615) for free tickets to gain exclusive access to the boats displayed on the pontoons.

Whatever type of boat or marine product you are looking for, the Western Boat Show is the perfect place to start your search. For the full list of exhibitors and to register for free tickets, visit www.westernboatshow.co.uk

View Event →
Etoile Molene
Jul
21
9:30 AM09:30

Etoile Molene

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The Etoile Molène was built of wood in 1954 in Camaret. This versatile boat was initially used to fish for tuna in the Bay of Biscay and then for trawling in Ireland.

After being laid up in Douarnenez, she was abandoned and sank a few years later. She was salvaged by Bob Escoffier, who purchased and completely restored her before sailing her in the Route du Rhum solo transatlantic yacht race in 1994. She is 35 metres long with a 450 m2 sail area.  Her home port is St. Malo

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Irene
Jul
21
9:30 AM09:30

Irene

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One of the UK’s last remaining West Country ketches will visit this year’s Bristol Harbour festival. This historic vessel was launched on 29 May 1907 at the Bridgwater yard of FJ Carver & Sons and sold to Colthurst Symonds, a local brick and tile producer and who named the vessel after his daughter Irene.  She sailed thousands of voyages as a cargo vessel carrying tiles and bricks, coal and clay.

In private ownership since 1965 and following many years of professional and loving restoration Irene now runs traditional holidays around the UK and beyond.

Irene was awarded the prestigious UK flagship of the Year in 2015 in recognition of the active role she plays in promoting our maritime heritage. She is part of the National Historic ships fleet of important working vessels that played such a vital role in our history.

 Come and find out more about her amazing history. Located by the M shed from Friday 21st July.  www.ireness.com

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The Festival Fleet
Jul
21
9:30 AM09:30

The Festival Fleet

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The classic sight of the Bristol Harbour Festival is the many masts and strings of bunting of the festival fleet packing the waterways adding a splash of colour and maritime images.

More than 250 vessels of all shapes and sizes will be tied up at every available mooring space to bring their own very special brand of nautical capers.

The tug John King and Mayflower – the oldest Bristol built vessel afloat and believed to be the oldest surviving tug in the World, plus the our very own Matthew will grace the quaysides.

And to start the show – our very own Pyronaut – built in 1934 in Bristol as a fire boat which played an epic role in the 2nd World War blitz.

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Iris
Jul
21
9:30 AM09:30

Iris

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The Iris is a traditional Dutch herring-lugger. With her overall length of 36.00 metres (118 ft), beam of 6.7 metres (22 ft) and draught of 2.8 metres (9 ft) she combines excellent sailing qualities with a high level of comfort.

The Iris was launched in The Netherlands in 1916 and launched as the “Pallas”. In that year she made five voyages to the Shetland Islands bringing home no less than 1683 barrels of herring! Sailing-luggers are the fastest and most reliable ships to sail the waters of the North Sea.

 The home port of the Iris is the beautiful Veerhaven in the centre of Rotterdam.

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