Monday, 28 September 2020

The Shape of Things to Come....

Trucks to the left of us...trucks to the right of us...into the Valley of Dover drove the 7,000 ..

DFDS and the Dover7 sunrise.

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Post 985
  PaulB, Dover
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 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

Would be grateful to hear. Many thanks.

Monday, 28 July 2014 - 06:56
Post 984
  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
Post 983
  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
Post 982
  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
Post 981
  PaulB, Dover
What a breath-taking day it was on our beautiful Dover seafront yesterday. Literally thousands and thousands of people attended the spectacular Port of Dover Community Regatta, as you can see in the picture currently showing at the top of page. The event was great with absolutely everything and anything going on..from the Channel Port Dash to the Classic Cars to the rocknrolling Elvis impersonators giving us a blast of the 'don't be cruels'. The seafront itself is a great venue and not to be underestimated, its cosy, clean, colourful, compact, and delivers brilliantly. A huge well done to the top team at the Port of Dover for putting this on and doing it so well. They even organised some good weather, they must have a direct line to the almighty...Smiley

There are lots of pictures but let me start with the RNLI display. These guys put on a great show every year and they did so again this time...blew me socks off so it did and shivered me timbers as well..Smiley

The Dover and Walmer lifeboats in hi blast action. Brilliant stuff guys! The commentator warned everybody to stand back from the waters edge...whoosh!!

That's it for now. Will put up more pictures over the coming days when I sort through them all.

Extra: Just to show that real life is never very far away. A short time later just after the fab Blades aerial display..the Lifeboat was called into real action assisting a yacht in the channel. Never a dull moment around here...

Sunday, 27 July 2014 - 07:02
Post 980
  brian, dover
still not working for me mike.

Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 06:10
Post 979
  Mike J., Dover
‘Sea News’ viewers who use AIS & are interested in cruise ships may be interested to know that the COSTA CONCORDIA is carrying an AIS beacon & her progress under tow can be tracked on ‘Marine Traffic’ AIS.

Just go the ‘Marine Traffic' home page & type in her name in the ‘vessels’ box & her details should come up.
Click on the little diamond-shaped symbol beneath her name & a map showing her location will pop up.

Alternatively you can use the the 'Channel Traffic' AIS map [working OK for me Brian !] available on the Dover Forum.

Drag it to the right area & then zoom in until you find the CONCORDIA & her little convoy heading for Genoa.

Friday, 25 July 2014 - 11:15
Post 978
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

Just a swift reminder about the COMMUNITY REGATTA on Saturday 26 July Dover Seafront.

Another chance to read the info:

"The event will officially be opened by the Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL on the music stage at 10.45am, followed by the start of a full day’s musical entertainment on the stage including Mel Harris, Ben Mills, Dover Has Talent, Jodie South and the Electric Beatles, all guaranteed to get the crowds up and dancing.

In the arena, the Kent Fire and Rescue Services and a range of blue light services, will be demonstrating their skills by dealing with a dramatic kitchen fire, and the Dover and Walmer RNLI boats will stage a breath-taking sea rescue in the harbour, showcasing their bravery and dexterity on the water.

Over 300 classic cars and bikes will be on display along the eastern end of the seafront and over 100 stalls selling a wide range of food including tasty treats from Germany, Spain and the Caribbean and hand-made cakes and sweets, to crafts, ceramics and plants.

There will be plenty of community information available from charities including the Dover Lions Club, Emmaus, the Royal Life Saving Society and the British Heart Foundation through to Health Trainers, KCC Wardens and the Air Cadets.

A climbing wall, fair rides, face painting and glitter tattoos will be some of the activities available for the children, although not exclusively as we are sure there are plenty of mums and dads who would like to have a glitter tattoo or try their hand at climbing the wall!

Bringing the event to a close will be an air display over the harbour by the renowned Blades aerobatics display team, who are all former Red Arrows pilots. The 15 minute display will include more than 30 exhilarating manoeuvres containing a variety of mind-blowing aerobatic stunts flown just feet apart."

Picture top is from a few years back and shows the brilliant fastpaced Lifeboat display at the Regatta. Wow!
Lots to do and see. Better get charging that camera! Smiley

Friday, 25 July 2014 - 10:48
Post 977
  PaulB, Dover
Some good news for all...the massive area of scaffolding and metal railings and workhuts etc etc were moved away yesterday from the seafront. Extensive work went on all day long as the guys shipped out and the entire area is now clear. Thirsty work in all that heat. They did try their best to clean things that's for sure, but the inevitable work area white dust still remains semi embedded on the promenade.. maybe the weather will take care of it. Clearly the repairs to the sea wall now complete.
You can see some of the sea wall scaffolding from a distance here..and below a crop of the picture above.

Friday, 25 July 2014 - 07:29
Post 976
  PaulB, Dover
Yes Brian it is a very busy weekend indeed, the Port have asked people to leave plenty of time for their journey as have the ferry companies as some delays are expected all round. It's inevitable at peak times. The local hotels appear to be packed out once again too - thriving at night along the seafront.
The ferries are currently working very hard indeed. Late evening pic above of The Pride of Burgundy leading the way out followed by the Dieppe Seaways.
Below we have the cruise ship Saga Sapphire leaving us yesterday evening...lit by a slanting sun.

Friday, 25 July 2014 - 06:37
Post 975
  brian, dover
I also note that the channel traffic is not working again,it has been like it for about 3 days now.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 21:19
Post 974
  brian, dover.
I note that Eurotunnel will be able to let go of my ferry link in 2017 under French law.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 19:01
Post 973
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

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Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 17:13
Post 972
  PaulB, Dover
Further to the Post below. According to info on Twitter, a load of sheep, lambs, and calves left Ramsgate this morning for the continent in blisteringly hot conditions. They left on the seen below in Dover yesterday wednesday.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 - 15:15
Post 971
  PaulB, Dover
Our infamous 'friend' Joline was back in harbour today wednesday. The notorious live animal exports vessel hung around in the blistering heat all of the long day or most of it. Let us hope there wasn't any animals on board..because in this weather, well who knows, but it could be a worst case scenario. As you can see there is an animal truck on the vessel, perhaps though it is an empty truck.

As I write the Joline is now making its way to Ramsgate.. hmmmm...wonder what exactly happened. Would Dover not take it...?
Baking in Dover, and that's just yours truly.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 18:00
Post 970
  PaulB, Dover
The Saga Pearl II arriving on a slate grey Tuesday morning. The day did warm up but it took a while, but as they say..better late than never.
And below another one of these Military Ops/training vessels HMS Smiter arriving in the harbour..on Monday I believe it was. Just spotted it at the last minute and this was the only picture. She left yesterday heading west. We are seeing plenty of these types of naval vessels and have featured them previously...worth scrolling back for some better pictures. By the way..that's the new buoy already playing a featured role.
Good link that Brian. Went and had a look. Freaky Friday for sureSmiley

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 06:43
Post 969
  brian, dover
the film clip that mike j, mentions is now on the main forum.Smiley

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 06:59
Post 968
  PaulB, Dover
Late last week the dredger David Church and the Harbour Patrol boat moved across the harbour with intent. What was afoot? ..wondered the passer by with a scratching of the head. It was a nice day for it whatever it was, with the sun beating down all was right with the world.
Before too long all became clear as one of the large buoys was lifted out of the water..presumably to repair it thought the same passer by. But looks like a new buoy has replaced the old one, at least so to the untrained eye of the landlubber. All change again. Part of the ongoing all round improvements.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 - 06:51
Post 967
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the tip Mike, will have a look for that. I agree with you ..never seen anything quite like it before and the speed of its arrival was astonishing...I put this picture on the main forum in colour, the colour wasn't good as it was quite late and with a rather odd light and rather odd atmosphere, so have experimented in black and white and here we are..but it doesn't do the phenomenon justice.
See also the earlier picture in 896.

Monday, 21 July 2014 - 18:55
Post 966
  Mike J., Dover

Re the roll cloud & the freaky weather last Friday night mentioned & illustrated in posts 896 & 897.

Somone aboard the BRAEMAR filmed it's arrival as the ship headed downchannel after sailing from Dover.

We can't post links on here, but if you go onto the YouTube home page & type 'Frightening Storm in the English Channel' into the YouTube search box it should pop up at the head of the offerings.


Here in Dover I've never seen the wind pick up so quickly from almost nothing - dust & debris flew past almost horizontally for a few minutes.

Monday, 21 July 2014 - 16:19
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