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Post 486
  PaulB, Dover

PORT OF DOVER COMMUNITY REGATTA – BIGGER AND BETTER - the date for the Regatta is July 26, 2014.

Whilst we all wait for the winter wind and rain to pass, here’s some summer fun to look forward to. We said that the Port of Dover Community Regatta would return bigger and better and that is what we are going to deliver.

Facilitated by the Port of Dover with the support of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and the Dover Sea Sports Centre, the free event will return with all of the family fun of last year but with some notable additions such as a big vintage car rally and a cutting edge aerobatic display by the world renowned Blades.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover stated; “We’re delighted to support the Regatta, making the most of our beautiful harbour and providing a great event for the community to enjoy, whilst supporting a local charity. The event couldn’t take place without the dedication of our enthusiastic partners and the support of the community. After a successful launch last year, we look forward to staging a bigger, more vibrant event this year to provide a fantastic festival of family fun on land and sea at the Port of Dover.”

Back by popular demand will be the ‘Dover Port Dash’ tournament, sponsored by the Port of Dover, which will see teams race across the harbour in ‘Thames Cutters’ pitting their wits against the waves and challenging their fitness in a bid to raise money for local charity, the Cinque Port Pirates. The charity’s aim is to ensure sailing is accessible to all, no matter of ability, cultural, social-economic, racial or religious background they come from, by offering every child low-cost membership and weekly sailing lessons, giving them the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends and experience a wide variety of sea-based activities in a safe environment.

Mr Waggott added; “We are delighted to sponsor the Dover Port Dash for such a worthy beneficiary.”

There are places for 14 adult mixed teams and, for the first time, 14 mixed junior (ages 10-16 years) crews. Teams will comprise six rowers plus a cox. Entry will be free to the junior teams. So the call is well and truly out to all aspiring Dashers, to get their teams together, get practicing and get set to join in all the fun!

Also on the water will be paddlesports, sailing tasters, pedalos and more, organised by Dover Sea Sports Centre. On land there will be demonstrations by Kent Fire and Rescue Service and a range of blue light services as well as community agencies organised by the Dover District Community Safety Partnership as well as a host of stalls offering entertainment and local produce.

Karen Amber, Commodore of the Cinque Ports Pirates, said: " 'Sailing isn't just my hobby mum, its my passion!' Jarrod, age 12. This comment is just one of the reasons we are so delighted and grateful to the Port of Dover Community Regatta for choosing the Cinque Ports Pirates Sailing Club as the beneficiary of this year's event. Sailing is traditionally an elitist sport but we believe ALL children should have the opportunity to learn to sail and sail regularly. The money raised from this event will help us get more of Dover's children on the water; sailing for fun, friendship and fitness on one of the countries most fantastic expanses of water - Dover Harbour. "

Nadeem Aziz, Chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Chief Executive of Dover District Council said: "We are looking forward to another successful event on Dover Seafront. Incorporating the Community Safety Day within the Port Regatta is a great way to create a fun day out for the whole family, and to show the community how the partnership continues to work to keep our district a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Further event details are to be announced in due course but in the meantime please register your interest in taking part in the Dover Port Dash by emailing Alyson Hudson at

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The Regatta was huge fun last year. It was great to see it revive..there were literally thousands and thousands of smiling faces on the day enjoying the event and enjoying the cracking sunshine too. Lots of people worked very hard and one person in particular did a fine job...not here with us in Dover any longer though.


Friday, 14 February 2014 - 07:07
Post 485
  PaulB, Dover
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Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 14:36
Post 484
  PaulB, Dover
Great to see the info on the Lizrix and the French Cutter lads..and great pictures too. And a big well done too to Brian for getting those storm pix just outside the western arm. Brian and the camera are newly acquainted and his pictures below show exactly what it was like yesterday.
Yes Jan always good to get the information coming in from both DHB and the ferry operators..all of them are adding to the mix and very welcome they are.
Have more news and general information in the pipeline as I write.
What awful weather.. it was horrendous here yesterday. Hurricane force winds in some areas. Off the south coast of Ireland a 110mph wind was recorded. A heck of a gale...You wouldn't get me out on the Princess Maud in that one.
Smiley Smiley

Thursday, 13 February 2014 - 07:46
Post 483
  JanT, Dover
Not sure about any of you guys but I am sure fed up with this weather,Smileyhad enough of this wind and rain.Smiley

But well done guys you have been busy with those camera's,to get some great pictures for the sea news page.Smiley

And its always good to get up to date info from DHB especially at the moment.Smiley

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 16:52
Post 482
  brian, dover.
western arm howard westrn arm.Smiley

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 15:46
Post 481
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
Nice action photo of the cutter.

paul spoke of the calm before the storm, brian took these of the eastern arm a little while back.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 14:45
Post 480
  Ed Connell, Dover
French customs cutter overtaking a fishing boat in the Dunkerque approaches yesterday. Jason the Second Mate and Ben the Quartermaster drew it to my attention. We saw crew preparing the RIB for launching from the cutter and thought we were witnessing a drugs bust but the cutter carried straight on by!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 11:16
Post 479
  Mike J., Dover

The LIZRIX returned from Zeebrugge & was on Pier D on Monday evening.

By Wednesday morning she was anchored off Deal, probably to avoid the imminent unpleasantness.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 10:49
Post 478
  PaulB, Dover
Ive probably got a tad over-excited picturewise today, thanks to being thoroughly spoiled with the wee bit of sunlight late yesterday, and have featured the Nord Pas de Calais again ...mostly because she was the one in immediate range when the sun burst through. Also in the pictures is the Calais Seaways. See also the extra pic at the top of page. They were both heading for the standard eastern exit/entrance but at seemingly the last minute the Nord changed course and bore down on the western entrance/exit. Our old friend as you can see has clearly had a magnificent makeover or wash n brushup or refit and is looking spic and span for the new season. But...Don't let the pictures lull you into a sense of sunshine and better days...maybe, but not just yet, more storms are scheduled for later today. When will it all end !!?
The sea was calming down somewhat as the pictures were taken but was still a bit rough as you can see.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - 07:24
Post 477
  PaulB, Dover
Ah yes indeed Howard. The oul Nord pas de Calais seems like it has been around forever under various guises. Its not a ship one gallops out to photograph, so it did tend to get overlooked...its not quite the swan but always there as a workhorse almost un-noticed. But she is still going strong and still battling the elements. I think I even have very grainy pictures of her somewhere in the files from years ago when she broke down mid-channel one time. So even oul tough workhorses have their bad days.

Yes Vic these are very tough times for the crews and the port staff generally. But yes the crews have had to endure that buffeting and rolling day after day lately. Very tough. Weather has been exceptionally bad as we know. Sea conditions are dire...and still remain so. Today looks bad again...but maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Having said all that yesterday was a calmer get these brief lulls and away it goes again.

The vessels shown here look slightly the worse for wear after all the 'orrible weather...the picture was taken yesterday late afternoon during the brief tranquil lull. On the left we have another one of the Stars...its the Star First this time and there she is above setting off for Antwerp with the help of both tugs Doughty and Dauntless. On the right anxious to get into its slot and not be held up is the Pride of Burgundy. The Burgundy had just arrived via the Western Entrance.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 - 07:38
Post 476
  howard mcsweeney, dover
the "nord pas de calais" seems to have been around for ever, must have earned its owner a few bob.

some time back i remember paul b bemoaning the fact that he couldn't find a picture of said ferry, by sheer coincidence i had been on a non lander the day before and i had taken one of the "npdc" in calais harbour.

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 18:52
Post 475
  vic matcham, Dover
I feel sorry for the poor old crew, no rest up from it all for weeks now ,and some do a week about now,so to have to stay on them for a whole week going across 6times or more a day, no fun, when I worked on them it was 12hours on 12hours off so not to bad.But keep up the photos,as you know I still have my L PLATES up but geting better photos as I go along.

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 12:30
Post 474
  PaulB, Dover
Glad you are liking the page Vic. We will certainly keep it going through rough weather and keep enjoying Smiley
Huge thanks Mike for the info re Lizrix. I got a wee bit baffled there on that one. I await her return now.Smiley yes Colette, Howard made me chuckle too...and yes indeed, another wow for those submarine pictures below.

All pictures showing here were taken yesterday. The camera could barely adjust to the flood of bright light after all the gloom. Top one shows the familiar Nord Pas de Calais heading out into the very rough channel yesterday morning around 11am and gosh was it rough out there! At least Severe Gale 9 but I believe it reached Storm 10 level for a while. Not a day onboard for the fry up breakfast! No sirreee bob!
It also was not a day to read the sunday papers in the seafront shelter.

Monday, 10 February 2014 - 07:49
Post 473
  vic matcham, Dover
great photos of the sub and this is very good for all the sea news and the port please keep them coming.

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 20:00
Post 472
  ColetteB, Dover
lol!!! Howard re Ed's terrific submarine photos, I know what you mean, the German submarine looks Oh so menacing hovering about there in the sea Smiley

Indeed, great topical photos from the Guys Smiley I'm learning so much from this Great Sea News Blog.

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 17:55
Post 471
  Mike J., Dover
Re Paul's nice 'evening light' photo of the LIZRIX & his query -

. . . . I thought it odd she should leave so soon...not sure what's afoot..perhaps the Lizrix didn't fit the bill . . . .

'Marine Traffic' AIS shows her currently in Zeebrugge with an ETA back at Dover of 0400 on Monday.

She has been stocking up with another shipful of bunkers for the ferries.

The CORAL WATER used to slip off to Rotterdam from time to time for the same reason.

Sunday, 9 February 2014 - 11:59
Post 470
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
great topical photos from paul and ed there.i did wonder for a moment after seeing the submarine ones that unpleasantness had started again.

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 22:23
Post 469
  PaulB, Dover
Wow... exceptional pictures below Ed. Fab to see.SmileySmiley

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 15:47
Post 468
  Ed Connell, Dover
German submarine U31 passing up the Northeast lane around 1600 yesterday afternoon bound for Eckernforde, the German Navy submarine base in the Baltic Sea, via the Kiel Canal.

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 14:58
Post 467
  PaulB, Dover
The Lizrix and the Ile D'aix

In the dying sun of late yesterday I noticed the Lizrix being readied for departure to the open seas. This prompted me to look her up on Chris T's Channel Traffic link ( see the frontpage of on menu left ). It seems she was bound for Zeebrugge...and off she jolly well went in the evening sun. As she came initially as a replacement for the Coral Water which is out of action due to rudder damage I thought it odd she should leave so soon...not sure what's afoot..perhaps the Lizrix didn't fit the bill.

Also while browsing the Channel Traffic device I noticed that the Ile D'aix is back in Calais. Visitors too-ing and fro-ing to Calais will have noticed here there from time to time. I got these pictures last summer and meant to use them earlier but what with one thing and another and changing the website layout we never did show them. She is a cable away out there laying cables on the ocean floor. Fascinating ship. Is that a heliport at the front or something else entirely?

Quite stormy again as I write with at least a Severe Gale 9 rattling the timber frames. A case of battening down the hatches yet again. Good luck to all today.

Saturday, 8 February 2014 - 07:04
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