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Wick Lifeboat & Regatta Day – Saturday 19th July 2008

Wick Lifeboat Day welcomes the Moray Firth Sailing Regatta!

Wick Lifeboat Day on Saturday 19th July will see Wick Harbour bustling with sailing yachts of all sizes from the yacht clubs of the Moray Firth. Over thirty sailing yachts will race to Wick, arriving in time to join in the annual Lifeboat Day festivities featuring a full afternoon and evening of entertainment.

Festivities start at 2.00pm with all the usual Lifeboat Day stalls selling everything from fresh fish to RNLI Tee shirts. The RNLI BBQ is always a great favourite with local butcher’s beef burgers and hot dogs. Vessels moored at the pontoons welcoming visitors include Wick’s latest Trent class lifeboat and Wick’s traditional fishing boat “Isabella Fortuna”.

Fascinating coastal sea trips will be offered by recently established Caithness Seacoast in their exciting RIB Geo Explorer and the Wick Sea Cadets will be in attendance with their training boat the “Michael Harmsworth”.

In the cinema of the former Herring Mart, the Wick Heritage Society will be showing their new collection of old movies featuring past Wick Lifeboats and the herring harbour at work. The ladies of the Society will also be selling their popular freshly made pancakes and scones.

This year, for the first time, there will be an evening licensed BBQ at 7.00pm at the harbour with Wick RBLS Pipe Band and local Highland Dancers in attendance. The Yacht Race Prize presentations will be made by Gordon Doull, Wick Harbour Vice Chairman, at 7.30pm, when prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded to the winning yachts.

The yacht regatta sails on Sunday morning at 10.30am, accompanied by the Lifeboat and all the local boats dressed for the departure. It will be a memorable sight as they sail into the distance.

Wick Lifeboat coxswain Ian Cormack said “Lifeboat day promises to be a fun-filled day for all the family – there will be something for all age groups – from exploring a modern lifeboat to going below decks on a hundred year old fishing boat. The visiting yacht regatta will add a mass of colour to the harbour and all the local boats will be dressed for the day. The stalls are always well supported and our BBQ with its quality local produce is excellent value for money”.