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Sailing programme - click HERE

In recognition of Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, we’re going international and extending the festival programme by two days to run from July 2nd to the 5th.

But it goes much further than that as we are placing maximum focus on traditional boat design and practice. Thus the first two days will include special seminars and demonstrations taking place at the Salmon Bothy, the Wally Green and around the harbour. We’re both very proud and delighted to be welcoming to Portsoy, in strict alphabetical order:


bulletIan Best (Fair Isle): the internationally recognised boat builder who will speak and demonstrate on the origins of Norwegian and Scottish traditional boat building.
bulletMaldwin Drummond: previous Chairman of the Sail Training Association and internationally recognised sailing author. (more)
bulletJohn Edwards: Keeper of Aberdeen Maritime Museum who will speak about the great clipper ship traditions of the North East.
bulletNigel Irens: World-renowned yacht designer including of course Ellen McArthur’s yacht, who will speak about current and future design.
bulletMatt Murphy from the US. Editor of the hugely influential American magazine Wooden Boat will speak on the great classic yacht designs. (more)
bulletIain Oughtred: the internationally recognised boat designer who will speak about the influences that creates best design.
bulletBjorn Arve and Johanne Tvedten: Norwegian demonstrators from Sunnhordland Museum who provide opportunities for children to discover traditional boat building skills (very entertainingly!) (more)
bulletFor more about some of the seminarians
click HERE
bulletFor more about the seminar
click HERE

There will also be other speakers and demonstrators, all related to matters maritime.

All skippers and crews, please also note that we’ve taken on board your comments and concerns, so be assured that Festival harbour Master James Crombie and his team will be providing the best possible facilities and maximum attention to your needs.

To see boats registered so far click HERE

Ian Best

Maldwin Drummond

Nigel Irens

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