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Post 611
  PaulB, Dover



The sun is beginning to shine, the temperature is warming up and 26 July 2014, the date of the Port of Dover Community Regatta, is coming up fast. Interest is building and Port Dash teams are coming on-board, so make sure you secure your place before it is too late!

Sponsored by the Port of Dover and back by popular demand, the Dover Port Dash 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.

There are only 10 places left for mixed adult teams of six, with a cox supplied by the Dover Sea Sports Centre. Entrance fee is just £90 which will be donated to the charity. However, any donations secured by yourselves over and above that will be much appreciated.

For the first time, there will also be a Junior Port Dash, which is FREE to enter for teams of six, aged 10-16 years. 12 places are still available, so why not give our younger stars the opportunity to show the adults how it is done!

Facilitated by the Port of Dover, with the support of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and the Dover Sea Sports Centre, the free Regatta will return with all of the family fun of last year, and continues to incorporate the popular Dover District Community Safety Day. The Regatta will also feature some notable additions, such as a big classic car rally, an entertainment stage throughout the day, family activities along the whole of the seafront, and a spectacular cutting-edge aerobatic display by the world renowned Blades to conclude the day.”

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover stated;
“Last year’s Port Dash was great fun to watch with teams from across the local community taking part and entertaining the crowds throughout the day. We’re delighted to support the race again and providing a great event for the community to enjoy, whilst importantly supporting a great local charity.”

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.”

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 and a host of stalls offering entertainment and local produce.

Further event details will be announced over the next few months, 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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That reads like a lot of fun above. Should be a great day out indeed.. right now though more Dashers needed.
The cropped pic top shows the huge crowd that turned out last year. It really was great fun! Smiley
As were the April Fools posts below yesterday. I didn't even realise it was April 1st til I saw those SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 - 06:35
Post 608
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
excellent stuff from john and mike, the ones at charlton green were taken about 2 years ago i think.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 12:01
Post 607
  John Mavin, Dover
Early this morning we nearly lost a piece of Dover's architectural heritage. A HUGE rogue wave crashed onto Shakespeare Beach, taking the Golden Arrow with it as it receded...... it did!

With the help of a Bulgarian lorry driver named Bogdan I managed to secure a rope and, using his tractor unit we pulled the old Fleche d'Or back and returned it to its original location ...... true!

The trouble is that in these cynical days you tell a story like this and no-one believes you! ....Tchhhh.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 08:43
Post 606
  Jan Higgins, Dover
That is a good one Mike. SmileySmileySmileySmileySmiley

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 08:11
Post 605
  Mike J., Dover
Dredging is taking place at Charlton Green in preparation for the new Cruise Terminal.

When works are completed cruise ships will be able to dock in the centre of Dover.

After the preliminary works are finished the DAVID CHURCH will come up the Dour to complete the dredging & Morrisons will become Cruise Terminal 3.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 07:54
Post 604
  PaulB, Dover
It is surely truly enjoyable for all of us to see the arrival of Spring in earnest..and let's hope we haven't spoken too soon. The picture above shows the scene across the harbour very early yesterday morning at low low tide, and as you can see all was beautifully springlike and entirely tranquil. The sea was flat calm, as calm as calm can be.. and therefore ideal for travelling landlubbers (yours truly!). All weekend it was very busy in the nearby seafront hotels, clearly thousands were going across the channel making the most of Mothers Day and the best of the tranquil and even warm weather.

Following on below we have a couple of new pictures from yesterday of the seafront groynes taking shape. Gone now are the 'orrible old metal ones. All have been replaced with natural Norwegian Larvic rock as you can see. A huge improvement and so neatly done do they do that? those big mechanical diggers are hardly delicate instruments of fine tuning, so a big well done to all concerned. Clearly artists at work here. The following two pictures show the same groynes at the different state of tidal movement yesterday morning. From rock bottom to mid tide.

Of course the work is far from over is still very much a job in progress. Bear in mind that both pictures above show the tide at quite a low level, one of them obviously so, but the tide actually rises way above the groynes can see the level on the marker buoys.
And speaking of low tide. The sea birds certainly like it when it's low...this is the seabed vegetation on display yesterday at very low tide. Seagulls bathing, washing, nibbling ... a tiny freshwater stream flows into the sea round about there.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 06:28
Post 603
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
that really is a lovely ship, pity it arrived too late in the day for the passengers and crew to get into town.

great all round photos again from everyone.

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 15:48
Post 602
  PaulB, Dover
Although it had been a beautiful sunny morning here in Dover, by the time our first cruise liner of the season had arrived it had become a murky shade of grey as you can see in the pictures. The ship was running late by all accounts and by the time it got to harbour at around 2.15pm yours truly had fortunately just made it back to base camp in time for the arrival by a literal whisker...and of course managed to get the pictures. The ship is the beautiful Azores. She seemed to have a large contingent of passengers...and most appear to have come on deck for their exciting arrival to White Cliffed Dover. She left again last night at 9pm in a blaze of light to illuminate a very dark night.

There is more info on her from Mike in Post 522.

Ben Greenwood, Business Development Manager, Port of Dover, said: “We look forward to welcoming this year’s cruise customers to the Port of Dover. Whether the cruise line, cruise vessel, or one of the customers on-board, we are committed to ensuring that they all receive the very best service. "
So there you have it.

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 06:11
Post 601
  PaulB, Dover

I guess we are all waiting with baited breath for the first cruise liner of the season and you can see the info from Mike there...not due till 1pm. So I thought I would add a few pix to be going on with...from early yesterday morning. Taken at dawn - around 5.15am. Nobody should be up that early...nosireee! But you can see those hard working guys beat me to it. Yes its the early work taking place on the seafront groynes and with the wide view shown here you can see how it is all developing.

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 10:13
Post 600
  Mike J., Dover
At the risk of telling you something that you may know already . . . .

If you are looking for the AZORES on the 'Dover Forum Channel Shipping' you only get a limited local 'picture'

Would suggest that you Google 'Marine Traffic' & you will get access to all areas that 'Marine Traffic' covers.

On their home page click on 'NAME-MMSI-IMO' & type in 'AZORES'

You will be given a list of all ships called 'AZORES' - currently she is top of the list.

Click on the little blue symbol under the name & you will be transported, as if by magic, to the ship's location.

Clicking on the symbol on the chart another box will open up with her details including her ETA which she is currently giving as 1300 today.

Lots of other info available if you wish to explore further !

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 09:17
Post 599
  PaulB, Dover
Just had a quick look for her on Chris T's channel traffic map Brian..and she is still way up in the North Sea yet. So will be ages before she gets here, if at all at this rate. Must have been held up. Hopefully yours truly will still get a picture but will be out and about today so don't know.

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 08:40
Post 598
  brian d., dover.
as of this moment no sign of the expexted cruise ship.possabley another no show.

Sunday, 30 March 2014 - 08:18
Post 597
  PaulB, Dover
A thing of Beauty is a Joy forever ! We must 'rendre hommage' to the great rock pile above..our very own St Michaels Mount. Now alas no longer there, as the three hard-working diggers have, at breakneck pace and working against the tide, distributed the rocks above to their required destination..the groynes are now taking serious shape. The picture was taken just a couple of days ago for posterity but the work powers forward swiftly ..and at all hours, so these rocks are now moved. One of the rocks shown looks to be in tablet form, see bottom left, looks like it may be the one brought down from that other Mount by Moses himself!
No, cant be !

This picture shows one such digger in operation yesterday afternoon..the other ones were working just out of shot. In the background our ol' friend the now super-clean spruced up Pride of Burgundy makes her way slowly towards the western exit in the blinding sunlight.
Thanks for that info below Mike as ever.

Saturday, 29 March 2014 - 06:13
Post 596
  Mike J., Dover
Fire-fighting exercise I believe.

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 11:50
Post 595
  PaulB, Dover
See also the post below...for closer shot.

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 07:47
Post 594
  PaulB, Dover

Not sure what was going on above there in mid-harbour yesterday. There seemed to be a bit of a sudden kerfuffle and the tugboat Doughty was called to do some spraying. But what it was all about alas I don't know. Made for some interesting pictures though ..they were taken through the gloom and mist which was prevalent at around 5pm, so have had to boost the pix up a bit so that we can actually see them but the colours have gone a bit askew.

Keep going with the Connaught Park initiatives got some good further info from Mike there too re those vessels. Smiley

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 07:21
Post 593
  ColetteB, Dover
Thanks Mike for the fascinating information with photos of the Ocean Nova Smiley really appreciate that. It sounds like the kind of cruise ship for our brilliant forumite wildlife photographer Phil Smith Smiley
Great to see Dover included with the strange sounding names of those faraway places Smiley

Also, that looks like a marvelous running festival on Dover Sea front at the weekend & for a very worthy cause too. Well done to the Port of Dover staff & to their event organiser Karen Webber. A youth engagement scheme is something I'm keen to explore within Connaught Park, have some ideas in the pipeline yet to be discussed Smiley

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 21:08
Post 592
  PaulB, Dover
The Helene leaving yesterday evening...its Norwegian Larvic Rock delivery completed...for now at least.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 10:07
Post 591
  Mike J., Dover
ColetteB - OCEAN NOVA is an ‘expedition ship’ built in 1993.

These small cruise ships specialize in visits to isolated areas & their passengers are more interested in natural history & scenery, wildlife & other specialised interests than in ‘conventional’ cruising.

Although very comfortable they don’t have have all the facilities & razzamataz as found on other cruise ships.

The Arctic & Antaractic regions are often visited but from time to time these ships operate in other areas, the OCEAN NOVA has been on bird-watching cruises to the Shetlands & other Scots islands.

From 'Polar Quest' tour-operator's website.

They are occasional visitors to Dover, Hurtigruten's FRAM was here in April 2011.

Faraway places with strange-sounding names, Grytviken, Svalbard, Punta Arenas, Bear Island, Lofoten, Dover . . . . .

Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 07:25
Post 590
  howard mcsweeney, dover
lovely photo of the seafront grasses paul, taken in late summer last year is my guess.

the cruise business this summer is a bit complicated, yes more operators are onboard but the number of ships are down.

a very competitive market.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 22:18
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