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Harbour events include Britain’s largest Seafood Festival. Up to 80,000 people visit the Harbour over two days, sampling many varieties of the finest food from 300 stalls. Other events include the Christmas Day Harbour Swim and RNLI Parade. Up till 2016 there was Waterfest. Otherwise, the Harbour is restful, with just fishing and pleasure boats gliding by. Numerous luxury yachts and Tall Ships visit during the year.

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Recent posts – including Seafood Festival and Harbour events

Malakal Harbor visits Weymouth Harbour

Malakal Harbor is a floating work platform, typically used for repair tasks. Today, it was in Weymouth Harbour to dredge some concrente spillage from the recent Harbour wall repairs. Her marking is YD206, but we were not able to find her details anywhere in Lloyds Register, UK Marine Register or World Registers (over 500,000 vessels…

Christmas Day Swim – Weymouth Harbour 2019

Or – The great Walls of Weymouth The Christmas Day Swim in Weymouth Harbour took place this year in brilliant sunshine. In fact, the sun was so bright, it made photography very difficult from the South side (finish line). We are indebted to Oakes Insure for some excellent photos from the starting jetty. Christmas Day…

Raft Race across Weymouth Harbour – 31st August 2019

We were alerted to an event going on behind Aaran Guesthouse on 31st August by the booming voice of Steve Davies, Weymouth’s noted commentator. We emerged to find a raft race, between crews, mainly in fancy dress, proceeding from the Ferry Steps behind us to the steps on the opposite bank. There were about 8…

Weymouth RNLI Celebrates 150 years of Lifeboats

28th July 2019 Weymouth Lifeboat Station opened 150 years ago and this year, the event was celebrated with a flotilla of lifeboats through the ages. This took place right behind Aaran Guesthouse, in Weymouth Harbour, so we were well placed to view the parade of boats. Of course, every day we also get to see…

Nyetimber Seafood Festival – Weymouth 13th, 14th July 2019

This year’s Weymouth Seafood Festival was sponsored by Nyetimber, makers of fine English wines. For many years, Pommery led the event and it is exciting to see a new sponsor organise this great event. We popped out and took a few images (gallery above) around Aaran Guesthouse, on the Northern side of the Harbour. Some…

Hard8 – Sunseeker 86 Luxury Cruiser in Weymouth Harbour

Hard8 is a Sunseeker luxury motor yacht of the 86 Class. Launched in 2017, she is estimated to be worth £4.25Million. There are four cabins in sumptious decor with accommodation for two crew members. She has a foredeck, aft deck, flybridge and a bespoke hard-top cover for inclement weather. Hard8 is powered by twin 500HP…

Bristolian – Superyacht in Weymouth Harbour – 15th to 18th May 2019

The Bristolian is a modern super-yacht, built by Yachting Developments, Auckland, New Zealand. She has an epoxy-bound kevlar/carbon fibre composite laminate hull and glass reinforced plastic superstructure. The superyacht dates from 2008 and is 37m long and over 120 feet tall. The yacht accommodates 6 passengers and 6 crew. MMSI number is 235096432 and call…

Hottest Easter in 70 years brings out the pleasure boaters – Weymouth April 2019

With temperatures reaching 25 to 27 degC in Weymouth over the weekend, it was the hottest Easter for 70 years. The Harbour was the place to be. Crowds of people thronged the Harbour area, to watch the boats, to enjoy pubs and restaurants and to listen to live music by the Town Bridge. Behind Aaran…

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Tall Ships Irene, Prolific and Royalist visiting Weymouth Harbour, April 2019

Tall Ship Irene It was a very misty day when Tall Ship Irene first came into Weymouth Harbour. One could almost imagine a scene from Stephen King’s film, “The Mist”, with ghostly pirates shuffling along the decks in the fog. Irene was a cargo sailing ship, launched from Bridgwater in Somerset in 1907. She was…

Christmas Day Harbour swim in Weymouth

Every year, Weymouth Lions Club organises a charity swim across the Harbour to raise money for worthwhile causes. In recent years, the numbers of swimmers has risen to 500 or so and up to £20,000 can be raised. There are so many participants, the races have to split into 5 or 6 groups, for safety….

Trawler Nereus puts into Weymouth Harbour

The Trawler Nereus put into Weymouth Harbour, today around 8:30am, presumably to avoid stormy conditions in the Channel. Nereus’ registration number is INS172, IMO 9634036, MMSI 235096106, 184 tons, call sign – 2GBQ9. She is a twin-rig, freezer prawn trawler, 19m, completed in 2015 by MacDuff. Just one of many fascinating vessels to be seen…

Waterfest Weymouth – looking back at 2014 to 2016

Waterfest Weymouth took place in September, for 3 years, running from 2014 to 2016. Weymouth Bid sponsored the event, which included tall ships, gig racing and numerous demonstrations. There were exhibits of seaman crafts as well as rope and knots and how to identify them. Captain Jack Sparrow wandered about, chatting to visitors. Small yachts…

Tall Ships in Weymouth Harbour

Covid-19 Update Of course, since the lock down started in UK, 23rd March 2020, there has been very little activity in Weymouth Harbour. Just small fishing and crabbing boats. We hope for a return to normality soon. TS Royalist TS Royalist is a training ship, She is a two-mast Brig, built in Spain at the…

TS Royalist in Weymouth Harbour – 27th August 2018 – 4:30pm

TS Royalist is a Tall Ship, built in 2015 by Astilleros Gondan, designed by Acubens as a brig and is now the Flagship of the Sea Cadets, Named by the Princess Royal, she boards up to 24 Cadets ans 10 staff, typically on 6-day “missions”. She is currently bound for Plymouth. Her identification details are…

Dunkirk filmed in Weymouth Harbour – 27th/28th July 2016

Dunkirk, the wartime evacuation, heavily involved Weymouth Harbour and the armada of small boats. Therefore, it was appropriate that Dunkirk, the 2017 movie, also featured the port. Today is the second anniversary since filming. The crew were present for a week, during which time they transformed Custom House Quay into a wartime scene, as if…

Weymouth Port – some of the sights

Weymouth Port is one of the prettiest in the UK and it is easy to see why. There are colourful cottages, fine restaurants and inviting pubs dotted amongst Georgian architecture and interesting alleyways, leading to quaint shops (and more pubs!) All this and Tall Ships as well! Because of its peace and picturesque charms, thousands…

HMS Vigilant in Weymouth Harbour

Coastal Patrol Vessels HMS Vigilant last visited Weymouth Harbour in March, this year. Because she is a fairly large ship, Vigilant moors behind Aaran House, where the water is deeper. The ship is named a few different ways, including prefixes of – PV, HMRC, HMCC and HMC (Her Majesty;s Cutter). She is a coastal patrol…