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2nd September 2015 - Press Release

Port of Dover Community Regatta - biggest and best yet



The Port of Dover has pledged to bring the community regatta back next year after its biggest and best showing ever.

Organisers were so impressed by the response from thousands of residents who headed to the waterfront for 12 solid hours of free fun on Sunday (August 30), they’re already planning next year’s spectacular.

The event, which was reintroduced three years ago, has consistently drawn crowds from across the town. But this year’s exceeded all expectations, says the Port of Dover.

A packed programme of RNLI and Coastguard air and sea demonstrations, a breathtaking display from the Blades aerobatic team, the Dover Port Dash charity tournament and a spectacular fireworks finale proved a real crowd-puller.

And the world’s biggest wooden sailing ship Gotheborg reported it had welcomed well over 2,000 visitors aboard on the day.

Tim Waggott, the port’s chief executive, said: “What a fantastic day for Dover.  We promised bigger and better and that’s what Dover got.  Having had to move the date back to the August bank holiday, I hope that it was worth the wait.  Looking at the crowds, I believe that it was.

“The Port of Dover Community Regatta doesn’t have the word ‘community’ in the title for no reason.  I lost count of the number of people I saw embracing their friends and relatives.  It was truly the place to be together.  Seeing the whole seafront buzzing with fantastic stalls and great things to do and explore was an amazing vision of what this place could be like when we build its new waterfront.

“I’m immensely grateful to everyone who made the regatta possible; Dover District Community Safety Partnership, Dover Town Council, Cullins Yard, Dover Sea Sports Centre, Royal Cinque Ports Yact Club and not forgetting my own team who are already planning next year’s event.”

The date for the 2016 Dover Community Regatta will be announced later.

ENDS

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  • Image number 4 is credited to Vincent Catt

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