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Our old friend the Esmeralda (the bells..the bells...) is in a spot of bother. It seems vast quantities of cocaine (40 kilos) with a street value of millions of pounds has been found amongst the bananas by the UK Border Agency. The Border Agency has been very vigilant locally in recent times and they would regard this as a massive coup, a massive success. The ship had come from South America with its crop of bananas and was heading via Dover to Rotterdam. The Netherlands are known for a somewhat more relaxed approach to drugs but not so here in the UK and the drugs were of course seized.
The seizure took place Wednesday night we understand.Friday, 1 August 2014 - 16:07
A mid morning shot of the Crystal Serenity which shows the ship in better lighting..'tis a little bit brighter anyway than in the earlier low-light picture taken at 05.30. Bit of a shock being up and picturing the arrivals that hour of the morning indeed Mike. In fact it was pot luck seeing it first thing. A nice looking ship though - good to see it here. Good capture that of the departing Saga Sapphire, missed it completely myself. Also....there has been no further news as far as I am aware re the body in the water report...may have been a false alarm. I wonder if someone mistook the tiny canoe/dinghy shown below for...Friday, 1 August 2014 - 11:00
Mike J., Dover
0530 - Too early for me for the CRYSTAL SERENITY !
Here's the SAGA SAPPHIRE at a much more civilised hour, sailing for Stockholm via the Kiel Canal & crossing the bay before departing via the Eastern Entrance yesterday evening.
Friday, 1 August 2014 - 07:59
The Crystal Serenity arriving at 5.30am this morning. Early arrival for sure, just as there was enough light to get some pictures. Very welcome she is too..
Last evening was a busy old time in the harbour, the Lifeboat was sent just outside the harbour to the immediate east, searching for a reported 'body in the water'. Also in the immediate area too was one of the ever busy Uk Border Agency vessels which also appeared to be searching for the body. In this heightened attitude the harbour patrol spotted a lone canoeist arriving into the harbour and sharply went to investigate. They were on the case as quick as a flash. Nothing further as yet on the body situation.
The Saga Pearl II departing for Gibralter a couple of nights ago..the pilot returning home after another excellent job done. The Saga Sapphire was also back in Port yesterday too...so a busy time for Saga.Friday, 1 August 2014 - 06:38
Mike J., Dover
After over two months laid-up in the Wellington Dock [see post 746 of 27/5] the TOPLIFT was seen working at the Southern Breakwater on Thursday morning.
Not often that you see a road vehicle out on the Breakwater !
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 07:14
PaulB, Sea news, Dover.
PRESS RELEASE re The Community Regatta from the PORT of DOVER...
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Port of Dover Community Regatta – bigger and better event delivered for Dover
On Saturday, 26 July, thousands of people enjoyed it and thousands of pounds were raised on a day that saw a maritime celebration of Dover, its community and its Port complemented by exciting displays on land and in the air.
Officially opened by Admiral of the Fleet, the Lord Boyce, the day also featured a host of entertainment and over 40 stalls for people to explore.
Lord Boyce said: “I was delighted to open the second Port of Dover Community Regatta which brought the community of Dover together to celebrate its maritime heritage. Seeing the Port of Dover working with its partners in making the most of one of Dover’s best assets, its splendid seafront and harbour, for the benefit of its community was great to see. I am sure that everyone had a wonderful day in a wonderful place.”
Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “What a fantastic day for Dover. We all shared in and saw the vision coming to life of a vibrant waterfront bringing everyone together.”
Alongside a stunning classic car display, dramatic demonstrations by the Kent Fire and Rescue Service, an RNLI sea rescue display and a host of different stalls lining the entire seafront, the day was rounded off in style by The Blades Aerobatic Display Team.
Mr Waggott added: “I am proud that the Port, together with its community partners delivered a great event for Dover. It is events such as these where we are all working together, that can help turn Dover into the great destination we know it can become.”
The Port of Dover sponsored Dover Port Dash charity races were back by popular demand, raising money for the Cinque Ports Pirates Sailing Club, a local voluntary organisation with charitable aims that works with children aged 8 to 18 in Dover Harbour to bring the skills and enjoyment of sailing to anyone and everyone.
Karen Amber, Cinque Ports Pirates, said: “I was delighted that we were chosen as this year’s charitable cause, even more so as we are so closely connected with the harbour which seems most fitting for the Port of Dover’s Community Regatta. The money raised will go a long way to providing even more opportunities for local young people to experience the enjoyment of sailing, bringing the local community and the Port ever close together”
Note: all press releases are pinned for a period of time.
More on the Regatta with pictures in Posts 914, 918, 920.
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 07:05
Dazzling sparkling seas yesterday out in the channel. Lovely to see. All so clear between here and France as thousands of holidaymakers excitingly ferry over in the gorgeous conditions. its a great way to travel on a day like that..you cant beat it. Below we have the early yesterday morning approach of the Saga Pearl II. A long distance picture but even that early the sea was made of dazzling diamonds.
Well done with that list Colette...the Crystal Serenity wow!
..charging me batteries
yes indeed Howard some of these happenings sneak up on a chap..
Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 06:56
As listed last time, tomorrow 31st July the Saga Sapphire is back at CT1, TR.
And now for the first week or so of August Dover cruises
On Friday 1st August the beautiful Crystal Serenity arrives for the first time this year at CT2, TR. She was last here in September 2013.
Then the following day Saturday 2nd August the Ryndam returns to CT1, TR.
The next day Sunday 3rd August the Ocean Princess is back CT2, TR.
Monday 4th August the Braemar returns to CT1, TR.
Tuesday 5th August brings the return of the AIDAStella with a PoC at CT2.
No cruises on Wednesday & Thursday but on Friday 8th August the Seabourn Quest arrives at CT1, TR. We saw the Seabourn Sojourn here in September 2013 & the Seabourn Pride 2012/11.
The following day Saturday 9th August the Ryndam arrives back at CT1, Debark.
No cruise on Sunday, on Monday 11th August the Ocean Princess returns to CT2, TR.
That's all for now
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 20:31
Howard McSweeney, Dover
I missed it all, but for Paul and Mike's photos i wouldn't have known about the "publican's walk" or the "doris pickles".
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 20:11
Brilliant colours there at the Publicans Dover Seafront walk, love the outfits especially the awesome clown with the adorable child Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 12:32
It was a frantic weekend on Dover Seafront one way or another and all in fabulous weather.
No sooner did we have the departing Regatta on Saturday when up turned the Publicans Walk on Sunday..
Although it is a well known charity event, there never seems to be any advance warning that it is all about to take place. It kind of creeps up on a person so yours truly saw it merely by chance before popping off out. Top picture shows the Mayor herself Cllr Pam Brivio taking part, she was in there amongst all the rip roaringly colourful outfits. We only have a small selection here but isn't he/she a great clown above.
Look at the delightful child yawning..clearly showing no interest in Politics!!
Plenty of terrific outfits were on show from Roman Gladiators to Kermit the Frog etc etc. Lots of very colourful ladies too. The two on the left were enjoying ambling up and down in elegant style, and two on the right were no doubt off to the theatre for sure...the carriage awaits!! I don't think I did the girls justice there as the picture is small so...wait for it...here we are blown up and giving it large...
ooh I say!
Good post below Mike. Good to see those barges.
There is a full press release on Chris T's www.dover.uk.com news frontpage just in re those busy busy weekender Lifeboat adventures...
..so have a look at that too.
Glad your pictures are working better Vic..may just have been one of those things. Hope all is working fine n dandy for you now.
Bet it was good down at Farnborough Barry W-S...wowser Red Arrows !
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 06:44
Mike J., Dover
Excellent 'Blades' pix - wish I'd been in Dover on Saturday !
At the end of post 914 PaulB mentions that the lifeboat was called away to do a ‘real’ rescue during last Saturday’s Regetta.
Initially the Walmer inshore lifeboat, who was also at the Regatta, was sent out to assist a motor barge who had sprung a leak off the port & the Dover lifeboat later assisted, helping with pumping & towed in the DORIS PICKLE which is now moored in Wellington Dock across from iDe Bradeleis.
Googling ‘DORIS PICKLE DOVER’ should bring up a full description & video of the rescue.
Apparently the barge had been delivered to Dover by lorry a few days earlier.
On Tuesday morning there was another considerably larger barge in the Tug Haven.
It looks Dutch in origin but is flying the Red Ensign.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 22:47
Barry W-S, Dover
Stunning aerial photos of the Blades PaulB and to think you took them on a compact camera! Fandabbydosie!! The display was excellent especially on such a basking day
I'm aero displayed out after Farnborough Airshow but I managed to meet the pilots of the Red Arrows a really nice bunch
I also met the test pilot of the Typhoon Eurofighter, who put on an "Awesome" display Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 14:52
vic matcham, dover
THE photos are loading better today maybe it is a weather thing.
Great photos again but can not see Lesley and myself in any of them.
Dover is lucky to have such a good water front. I was talking to the chairman of the D .H. B when we was down there he told me they are still working on getting a very good outside gym down there.
As some might know I have been trying now for some years to get them not only in Dover but some of the parish,s to.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 08:00
And now we have The Blades aeronautic display team in fine dazzling action right over the harbour...
these guys closed the Regatta Day in fabulous style.
These pictures were taken on a relatively simple compact camera so I hope I managed to do the guys and their mind-blowing stunts justice. And wow can these guys fly...they sure can. All ex Red Arrow pilots to a man, they came wowing us in fine high speed thrilling action, darting this way and that, climbing into the heavens and falling, bursting out of formation..and so on. Their display lasted about 20 minutes and they finished the day off brilliantly. Although it had been a long hot day, a very large crowd still remained to enjoy the display, taking up excellent positions along the beach. Ferry passengers didn't know what hit them as the planes roared over their heads...almost whipping the tops off their frothy Cappuccinos!
To find out more about the Blades team and for an opportunity to fly with them see their website
Once again a huge well done to the organisational team at the Port of Dover. It was all fab.
See also posts 914 and 918.Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 06:29
Great bunch of photos there of the Brilliant Regatta day, really enjoyed it this year
As Howard said below 'It was like the Regatta of old' Well done to all involved, truly a Fantabulous day
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 15:28
Some more pictures from the Regatta now, see also the post 914 below for the opening Regatta pix of the Lifeboats in hi-octane action.
Here we have the Port of Dover's Karen Webber distributing exciting silver balloons which were a big hit for all. Even yours truly elegantly wandered off with a silver balloon in tow. All part of the fun for sure.
The beach became very busy and so did the water, all sorts of floating craft swayed hither and tither in the blinding heat. Great to be out on the water on such a day..the next best thing of course is a barbecue on the beach with all your friends and your high factor sunblock. See further below..
The sailing boats and yachts sauntering about on the bright briny blue sea. The activity was amazing all day long.
Looks like we have a barbecue going here with some of the guys taking part in the seagoing events tucking in. Looks like the place to be..if you could keep cool. Somebody said on TV that it was hotter here than California...so there you are.
The Castle overlooks the throbbing heaving seafront. That's all the pictures for now. Yet there was so much more too, from the classic cars to the continental market to the fabtastic air display by the Blades team. But that's all for the moment. Just to add something about the brilliant clean-up that followed it all. As soon as the stalls and the classic cars etc began to move off at the end of the day, the cleaning teams moved in. Very professional indeed. Myself and daughter BB were down on the seafront yesterday sunday and it was spotless, you would never have guessed that thousands and thousands of people had been there the day before. Brilliant.
Yes the Lifeboats ( see 914) do a great display Howard..every time. And yes indeed that big picture at top of page shows the scale of it all.
Like that picture of Nederland Reefer Ed...saw it arriving yesterday just as I was off out. it looks good. Will be interesting to see what the platform is for.
Vic sorry to hear you are having trouble seeing the pictures. Its not a complaint I have heard before, the pictures upload everytime instantly for me and for several people I know, even those using laptops and phones have it instantly or near as dammit. It could possibly be your own computer running slow...but just in case it isn't... if anyone else is having trouble with the pictures loading please let me know either on here, no membership required, or to my email .. Paul on email@example.com.
Would be grateful to hear. Many thanks.
Monday, 28 July 2014 - 06:56
vic matcham, Dover
Sorry but the photos are not coming up if they do it takes along time to see all the photo.
But it was a good day down at the port on Saturday.I was talking to the D.H.B. Chairman about them getting the outside gym put there.
Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 19:30
Howard McSweeney, Dover
Great panoramic photo there Paul, stunning event just like the Regattas of old.
Love watching the lifeboat in action, done a tour of the interior last year and it is quite an eye opener what they manage to fit into such a small space.
Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 17:08
Ed Connell, Dover
Nederland Reefer at the Dover Cargo Terminal today, not seen her before. Also a platform was towed round to the Eastern Arm a couple of nights ago, purpose as yet unknown.
Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 17:06