Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Dover Regatta 2014 in full sizzling swing. Huge crowds all day long in the glorious weather. More pictures down the page.


The Port of Dover Community Regatta....first pictures in 914..then 918..then 920 for THE BLADES.
See also top post below.

MyFerryLink..New Appeal see below in Post 906.
The Publicans Walk for Charity see 924.

UK Border Agency in close operation..see below 884, 886.
RECORD FREIGHT Departures see 883 below.
IMPORTANT STATEMENTS BELOW on the future of MyFerryLink..see 850, 853.
WELCOME TO THE TOUR de FRANCE see posts 870, 877, 882.
Italian Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour, the British effort evaporated early on.
Seafront Air Ambulance drama see 858, 860.

Calais 867 and Calais Lifeboat...828.
Eastern Dock Developments..latest pictures see 835.
Stay Safe in the Harbour this summer...scroll below to 823.
Charlie Elphicke MP - Thoughts on the Port - see post 818.
Pictorial Tribute to the Dover Lifeboat guys...see 799

Scroll down and over for much much more.....

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Post 930
  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 Smiley

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
Post 929
  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
Post 928
  PaulB, Dover
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 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 Smiley

yes indeed Howard some of these happenings sneak up on a chap..

Thursday, 31 July 2014 - 06:56
Post 927
  ColetteB, Dover

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 Smiley

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 SmileySmiley

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 20:31
Post 926
  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
Post 925
  ColetteB, Dover
Brilliant colours there at the Publicans Dover Seafront walk, love the outfits especially the awesome clown with the adorable child Smiley Smiley

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 - 12:32
Post 924
  PaulB, Dover
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 we are blown up and giving it large...Smiley
ooh I say!

Good post below Mike. Good to see those barges.
There is a full press release on Chris T's news frontpage just in re those busy busy weekender Lifeboat adventures... 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
Post 923
  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
Post 922
  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 Smiley

I'm aero displayed out after Farnborough Airshow but I managed to meet the pilots of the Red Arrows a really nice bunch Smiley

I also met the test pilot of the Typhoon Eurofighter, who put on an "Awesome" display Smiley

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 14:52
Post 921
  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
Post 920
  PaulB, Dover
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
Post 919
  ColetteB, Dover
Great bunch of photos there of the Brilliant Regatta day, really enjoyed it this year Smiley
As Howard said below 'It was like the Regatta of old' Well done to all involved, truly a Fantabulous day Smiley

Monday, 28 July 2014 - 15:28
Post 918
  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 917
  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 916
  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 915
  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 914
  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 913
  brian, dover
still not working for me mike.

Saturday, 26 July 2014 - 06:10
Post 912
  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 911
  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
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