Maritime bonanza for Bay
A BONANZA of maritime activities is set to take place in the Bay during August, September and October.
Torbay Week of competitive sailing starts on Friday 23 August and runs through to Wednesday 28 August. As one of the premier sailing regattas in the South West, all four sailing clubs join forces to run a competitive sailing event open to all classes of dinghies and yachts.
Torbay Royal Regatta celebrates its 200th anniversary from Saturday 24 August to Wednesday 28 August. Many celebrations are planned including fireworks scheduled for Monday 26 August. On Tuesday 27 August a water ski display will take place at 7pm off Princess Pier.
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An air display with RAF Falcons and a parachuting display onto Torre Abbey Beach is scheduled for Wednesday 28 August at 4.30pm. Following this there are Breitling Wingwalkers at 5pm and the Red Arrows at 6pm — all on Torquay seafront. On the same day, Torbay Royal Regatta Anniversary Challenge Race will celebrate 200 years of sailing held in the Bay.
On Sunday 1 September, The English Riviera will host a leg of Cowes-Torquay, one of the most spectacular powerboat events in the British sporting calendar. For the first time crews will come ashore for a prize giving ceremony for this leg, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to view the boats up close.
Following the break, the boats will line up to start the race back to Cowes, giving spectators a real treat. This year a new cup will be presented for the Cowes-Torquay leg. This will be given for the fastest time from Cowes to Toquay and will be awarded to the winning team each year.
A beautifully crafted sailing boat made from people's wooden memorabilia is visiting Torbay to take part in the Art on the English Riviera project. The 30-foot state of the art seafaring yacht Collective Spirit, created by Lone Twin, will sail into the Bay on Friday 16 August ahead of events in Brixham, Paignton and Torquay. This vessel was commissioned as part of last year's Cultural Olympiad.
The vessel will settle in Torre Abbey's Spanish Barn to form the centrepiece of a maritime exhibition, running from Sunday 8 September to Friday 18 October and will feature work by some of the region's best artists and makers. The exhibition will be open from 10am to 5pm Wednesday to Sunday.
The Bay will also see a record number of six cruise ship visits during 2013 with three calling in one week in September. Regular visitors the Artania and Delphin will arrive on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 September respectively. There is a first time visit for the Thomson Spirit on Friday 6 September. The Albatros will call in to the Bay on Sunday 6 October.
It is estimated that there will be nearly 4,000 passengers aboard the four ships bringing a welcome boost to local tourism with many passengers enjoying free time to explore the resort.
Torbay's Mayor Gordon Oliver said: "The Bay is significantly growing as an events capital and it is wonderful to see our existing maritime events continuing to grow and new events being introduced.
"All the regattas bring something special to the Bay and this year Torbay Royal Regatta will be putting on many different events to celebrate its 200th anniversary – quite an achievement.
"It is extremely exciting that we will be hosting a leg of Cowes-Torquay - we have a long history with this British powerboat race dating back to 1961. With international entries, it is renowned as one of the most famous endurance races in the world.
"The race can be enjoyed from the shore. However, this year we will be privileged to be able welcome the competitors and powerboats ashore as they stop in Torquay as one leg of the overall race – this really creates a buzz for those wanting to see the boats.
"We are also continuing to grow as a cultural hotspot and this has been combined with our wonderful local maritime heritage. This has been embraced by the visit of the Collective Spirit and our maritime exhibition being held in the Spanish Barn at the beautifully restored Torre Abbey Historic House.
"These and all our other maritime events promise to give residents and visitors to the English Riviera great days out."