Hard8 – Sunseeker 86 Luxury Cruiser in Weymouth Harbour

Hard8 Sunseeker luxury motor yacht
Hard8 Sunseeker luxury motor yacht 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 diesel engines and is capable of reaching 30 knots. She is just one of the many sights of Weymouth Harbour.

Hard8 view of rear deck and flybridge
Hard8 view of rear deck and flybridge

At a slightly more modest scale, we also like the cross-harbour Rowboat Ferry, which has been running for decades between the Melcombe Regis wall and Weymouth’s Nothe Fort steps.

Weymouth Harbour Rowboat Ferry
Weymouth Harbour Rowboat Ferry

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

Superyacht Bristolian Bow view

Superyacht Bristolian Bow view

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 sign is 2GDJ5. Cruising speed is 13 knots and the yacht is truly a breath of ocean-going luxury. The International Superyacht Society awarded Bristolian “Best in 24 – 40m class” in 2009. Overheard in conversation when moored in Weymouth, the recent refit may have cost as much as £8.4million! Allegedly, the yacht is currently for sale for approximately £18 million.

Superyacht Bristolian Stern view

Superyacht Bristolian Stern view

It’s difficult to grasp just how very tall this ship is – but we tried. The mast reaches many metres above out 5-storey building, for example. Even crows would be dizzy trying to reach that crow’s nest!

Superyacht Bristolian Mast view

Superyacht Bristolian Mast view

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

Argenta a luxury Prestige 630s cruiser moored behind Aaran House
Argenta a luxury Prestige 630s cruiser moored behind Aaran House

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 Guesthouse, we noted a few luxury cruisers in Weymouth Harbour. Nearest to us was Argenta, a Prestige 630s class, costing somewhere from £1.2 to £2million. Further along the harbour were a few other luxury craft (below).

Motor cruisers and fishing vessels in Weymouth in the Hottest Easter for 70 years
Motor cruisers and fishing vessels in Weymouth in the Hottest Easter for 70 years

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

Tall Ship Irene

Tall Ship Irene 16.05.19

Tall Ship Irene 16.05.19 Classic Sailing

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 designed as a Ketch with beaching abilities, so cargo could be more easily handled on river banks inland. without the need of a Harbour Pier. She had a long career hauling cargo, before a period of abandonment and neglect, before being restored as a houseboat. Later, she featured in a number of films and adverts, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and depicted as “The Flying Dutchman” in the Tony Palmer film “Wagner”. (Extracts from https://classic-sailing.co.uk/article/irene-1907-history-ship). While in Weymouth, Irene was acting as a Sea Cadet training ship on a 2-day stopover.

TS Irene from the stern in fog

TS Irene from the stern in fog

We were kindly sent a few more photographs by a Tall Ships fan. We reproduce those here by kind permission and we ask, could the donor please contact us again so we can credit these images properly..

TS Irene leaving port in fog - donated image

TS Irene leaving port in fog

Classic Sailing Tall Ship Irene turning in Weymouth Harbour

Classic Sailing Tall Ship Irene turning in Weymouth Harbour – donated photograph

TS Royalist

In the previous week, Tall Ship Royalist also moored in Weymouth Harbour, also right behind Aaran Guesthouse. She has been a frequent visitor to Weymouth, often “popping” in for a night or two en route to other Sea Cadet ports around the UK. At nighttime, she is illuminated by uplighters on her masts, which makes for a very pretty sight when strolling around the Harbour.

TS Royalist in Weymouth April 2019

TS Royalist in Weymouth April 2019

Jigging in the Rigging TS Royalist

Jigging in the Rigging TS Royalist sea cadets furling the mainsails

TS Prolific

TS Prolific moored up right behind Aaran Guesthouse last night, leaving around 9:00 am this morning (19th April 2019). Another training ship, she has also been a prolific visitor to Weymouth Harbour and makes a very welcome sight among the fishing vessels and pleasure yachts. She is operated by the Ocean Youth Trust, built in 2005 in the style of traditional herring fishing boats.

TS Prolific viewed from Aaran House guest lounge just 15 yards away

TS Prolific viewed from Aaran House guest lounge just 15 yards away

Christmas Day Harbour swim in Weymouth

Weymouth Harbour Lions Club swim 25th December 2018

Christmas Day Harbour Swim for Charity, organised by the Lions Club

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. Many entrants dress up in fancy costumes (which can be risky as my Nephew Karl found out one year!) The event is fully marshalled and safety crews are present on land and in the water, so everyone is safe.

Of course, if the Harbour Swim feels a bit chilly, then you can always try a spot of Ice Skating outside Debenhams in the Town.

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.

Trawler Nereus

Trawler Nereus

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 in Weymouth Harbour.

Waterfest Weymouth – looking back at 2014 to 2016

Weymouth Waterfest – filmed by Aaran House and donated to WHGLA.org.uk

Waterfest Weymouth – held in 2014, 2015 and 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 tacked back and forth across the Harbour. Gracing the waters were a number of historic vessels. These included Tall Ship Le Marite, the 1921 LT472 fishing smack Excelsior from Lowestoft, Sir Francis Chichester’s Gypsy Moth IV and TS Jack Petchey, among others.

gig rowing

gig rowing

Highlights of the event included “water-boarding”, but not like the CIA version. Here, water jets from a Jet-ski powered a hover board, propelling the rider 20 feet into the air in aerial acrobatics. There were also food and memento stalls dotted along the Harbour side.

Numerous events take place every year in Weymouth Harbour. These include the Seafood Festival, visits by Tall Ships and the Christmas Day Harbour Swim for Charity.

Tall Ships in Weymouth Harbour

TS Royalist and TS Pelican of London

TS Royalist

TS Royalist is a training ship, She is a two-mast Brig, built in Spain at the at the Astilleros Gondan yards. The sailing ship honours the name of her sponsor, the Priness Royal and is the flaghip of the Sea Cadets. The ship boards up to 24 cadets and 10 staff and has her home port in Gosport, near Portsmouth. This present incarnation of the Royalist is a faster, sleeker design than previously, which permits better use of space and improved handling. Royalist is 32m long and 28m tall. Her IMO number is  9717369 and IMSI number is 235107983. Royalist's call sign is 2HZW6. Your author has sailed on the Pelican , around Weymouth Bay, an unforgettable experience.

TS Pelican of London

Pelican is another training ship, managed by "Advertures Under Sail". Built in 1948 as a steel-hulled recreation of French Clippers of the 19th Century. The ship is a square-rigger with an extra poop deck and is capable of ocean-wide voyages. Technically, she is a "Barquantine 3" rig, 35m long and 21m tall. Pelican can accommodate up to 32 trainees and 7 crew. IMO number is 5273329. Her IMSI number is 235057336. Call sign is MWAQ. Her builders, Chantiers et AteliersAugustin Normand, Le Havre, Normandy can be very proud of their work in this fine vessel.

 

Kaskelot and Bristolian

Kaskelot

In 1948, J Ring-Anderson at the Svendborg shipyard in Denmark built Kaskelot as a 3 masted Barque for the Greenland Trading Company. Kaskelot is one of the largest wooden vessels still sailing. She is 47m long and 32m tall. Passengers can enjoy any of 8 cabins and there are several showers and facilities in addition. The ship has featured in a number of significant films, including Shackleton, Treasure and The Three Musketeers as well as Poldark. However, it was TS Pelican of London which attempted the recreation of Shackleton's ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic in 2014. Kaskelot details are: IMO - 5183120, IMSI - 235000132, Call sign - GDQK.

The Bristolian

The Bristolian is a modern super-yacht, built by Yachting Developments, Auckland, New Zealand. She has an epoxy-binded kevlar/carbon fibre composite laminate hull and grp superstructure.  The superyacht dates from 2008 and is 37m long and over 20m tall.  The yacht accommodates 6 passengers and 6 crew. MMSI number is 235096432 and call sign is 2GDJ5. Cruising speed is 13 knots and the yacht is truly a breath of ocean-going luxury. The International Superyacht Society awarded Bristolian "Best in 24 - 40m class" in 2009. Overheard in conversation when moored in Weymouth, the recent refit may have cost as much as £8.4million!

Queen Galadriel and Liara

Queen Galadriel

Queen Galadriel is a converted trading vessel, built at Svendborg in Denmark in 1937. Originally the "Else", she was sympathetically restored and re-rigged as a Gaff Ketch in 1983 by the Cirdan Trust, for use as a youth sailing training vessel. She houses up to 16 trainees and 4 crew. She is 24m long and 28m tall. MMSI number is - 235015328 and call sign is - MCZD6. Galadriel often competes in the Tall Ships races to overseas ports. We think Queen Galadriel was one of the historic vessels present during the filming of "Dunkirk" in Weymouth Harbour (please accept our apologies if we are wrong).

Liara

The Liara was built in 2009 as a super yacht by Southern Ocean Marine in New Zealand. More recently, she has figured in sales listings at Boat International (2015) by Tim Langmead for Camper and Nicholsons at about €5.5million. Liara is a 9 berth, 3 cabin luxury super yacht fit for ocean racing, constructed in advanced composites, She is RINA Classified (Royal Institute of Naval Architects) and MCA Compiant (Maritime and Coastguard Agency).  The yacht is 30m long and cruises comfortably at 13 knots. Having seen the interior at close range, your author can vouch for the stunning decor and abundance of luxury trappings. MMSI is 376355000 and call sign is J8Y3915.

Nao Victoria and the four "Challengers"

Nao Victoria

Nao Victoria is a replica of the Sanish Carrack or "Nao", which Magellan used to sail around the World in 1522. In 1992, Fundacion Nao Victoria built the replica as a self-contained floating museum and demonstration of Elizabethan sailing practices and conditions. The replica has also toured around the World and served as an exhibition of "exploration" vessels in many countries. Nao Victoria is 25m long, with MMSI number 224123770 and call sign ECHH. She sailed into Weymouth Harbour in April last year and featured on-board tours and "pirates" singing shanties up till mid-May.

Tall Ships Challenge (numbers 1 to 4)

The Tall Ships Challenger yachts belong to a fleet of racing craft, intended to race globally in what is regarded as the "wrong direction". The vessels serve as training craft, operated by the Tall Ships Youth Trust. Each of the four yachts can accommodate up to 18 crew members and, here in Weymouth, we often see the whole fleet right behind Aaran House. Geberal details are: length - 22m, 27.5m tall, beam cutter rigging, steel hulls, laid down 2000,

Stavros S Niarchos and TS Royalist by night

Stavros S Niarchos

In 2000, the Sail Training Association built the Stavros S Niarchos as a 50m long, 37m tall brig with square rigging. Mr Niarchos was a Greek businessman and philanthropist who donated his yachts in the 1950's to take part in the first Tall Ships Races. Maximum crew complement is 67 (48 passengers/trainees). The ship was auctioned under Berthon/ later Eggar Forrester, management in 2017 and now sails under the name "Sunset". We do not know who are the new owners. Under the name Sunset, her details are: IMO - 9222314, MMSI - 248868000, call sign - 9HA4838, Maltese flag, home port London, currently believed to be in the Piraeus area.

TS Royalist by night

We see the TS Royalist quite often in Weymouth Harbour. Sometimes we are lucky enough to observe cadets in the rigging, furling the sails as she enters port. Sometimes, as in the above photograph, the mast lights illuminate the rigging at night, a beautiful sight.

(See also Nereus, Vigilant etc for Navy, fishing and special purpose vessels)

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

TS Royalist

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 : IMO = 9717369, MMSI = 235107983, length = 32m, beam = 8m, draught = 3m, Call Sign = 2HZW6

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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 by magic.

Dunkirk props

Dunkirk props

The cast included Tom Hardy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Cillian Murphy and Kenneth Branagh. Naturally, there were hundreds of young ladies watching the proceedings in the hope of catching a glimpse of Mr Styles! Christopher Nolan directed the movie, which depicted this pivotal moment of the War via 3 perspective stories. The evacuation sequences included several short scenes from the area directly behind Aaran House. In the war, up to 450,000 troops were to use the Harbour again as they set off for the D-Day Landings.

Evacuated troops – film scene