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Cowes-Torquay-Cowes racing, Bestival and International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza

While having a splendid vacation on the seaside, taking the rays and tanning nicely you are more than likely very relaxed and in joyful mood, however you may now be looking for some new and excitement that can satisfy your soul aspirations.

As the days grow shorter the “tanning season” is drawing to a close, but you can still have great fun visiting the Islands thrilling boat races for example.

The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race is a big event held from 28th to 30 August this year, 2009. Around  80 craft are going to participate. As you can see by the name the main race starts and finishes in Cowes – the marine capital of the Isle of Wight. This event is organized and supported by the British Powerboat Racing Club (BPRC). Cowes-Torquay-Cowes is considered a very serious and challenging offshore race and not for the weak of heart. Do try and get down to Cowes or along the foreshore as it’s a great and thrilling site to see these thunderbirds of the sea thrash their way forward at super speeds it’s a really thrilling weekend pastime.


photo by leightonian

Another event not to be missed is the Bestival happening on the 11th to the 13th of  September, 2009. Set up in the leafy surrounds of Robin Hill Countryside Adventure Park you can and will have a crazy and wild time. The Bestival is a 3-day boutique music festival supported by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank. It is a multi award-winning event  producing fun and quirky pastimes for all its visitors and guests. On top of which you will discover the many and varied kinds of music genre, plus many attractions, bars, cocktails, circus and acrobatics performances, all wait to entertain and captivate you. This year’s line-up includes Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, MGMT, Fleet Foxes, Seasick Steve, Klaxons, Soulwax, 2manydjs and Bat for Lashes. Lest not forget the wonderful dressing-up theme as this is always widely embraced (this year the theme is Space, the final frontier!). Further attractions include the Come Dancing Spiegeltent and the Bollywood Bar so be there or be square!. The Bestival is one of the best ways to enjoy your life and give back great energy for the soul!

Next for your notebook is the International Charity Classic Car Extravaganza to be held on the 19th  and 20th  of September in Newport and Ryde. This is the its eighth year of operation and is an extremely popular event,  featuring all types of cars, from vintage and veteran to customized and retro, plus motorbikes and specialist military and commercial vehicles. In total, over 600 cars and other vehicles are expected to feature, including a large contingent of Minis (in celebration of the model’s 50th anniversary) and a number of Rolls Royce Silver Ghosts. The event starts at Newport Quay on Saturday and moves to Ryde Esplanade on Sunday. Make sure to take your camera with you as it’s a fabulous time for posing with the car of your dreams. We wish you a great time and lots of happy memories and pictures.


You Can be Proud of Your Past… as Peacekeepers!

Do you know that on the 27th of June we are going to celebrate a great holiday? The first Armed Forces Day is to held on 27th of June, 2009 here on the Isle of Wight in Ryde. What does this really mean to you and what can you give it? It is a great chance and opportunity for such a great country as Great Britain to stand up as a nation and demonstrate full support for our people in uniform. It is a wonderful occasion to be proud of the Armed Forces of our Community.

armed_forces_day As it is a Saturday you can spend a splendid day on the Isle of Wight enjoying this superb event. Many people are involved into this super holiday and occasion: from the communities, businesses, local authorities to government institutions. The ceremony itself begins at 10.30.

Thanks to the Historic Portsmouth Dockyard, you can discover more about the Navy, Army and RAF. It is a very good possibility to meet members of the local societies and widen your knowledge about historical aspect of the Armed Forces. Thus you can have a total and full picture of the Armed Forces as it was, is and will be in the future. Also you can be involved in the process of celebrating this really exciting day.

Why not enjoy the full twelve- hour programme beginning at the North Walk and Appley Park in Ryde, including the Veterans Parade. This is organised and managed by the Committee of representatives from The Royal British Legion, Lord-Lieutenant’s Office, Isle of Wight Council, Ryde Town Council, the Police and Territorial Army.

What kind music will satisfy your requirements for this super day? Well there are going to performances from Cowes Royal British Legion Band, Wight Diamonds Marching Band, Vectis Corps of Drums and Trident Concert Band, so something for everyone.

One more event which is worth exploring, a great collection of military vehicles is going to be on display during the all day celebration. Also public is entertained with the show from 165 Regiment Territorial Army, Ryde Inshore Rescue and RAF. The culmination and peak of the day will be fireworks in Apply Park.

Finally, I would like to add that it is a real chance to connect to the past, present and future, and express the respect they all deserve, as they provide the peaceful skies above our heads and that is worth saluting.


An Exciting National Bike Week on The Isle of Wight

There are now only a few days before the unsought for the real summer weather to start. Everybody feels nice and expectant, looking forward to the warm and pleasant atmosphere of the coming season. It is great time to have fun, to go on picnics, to meet friends, visit the most gorgeous places on our planet…Summer is a good chance to get absorbed in all aspects of our super surrounding natural countryside so why not delve into and try out some of the sporting activities that can bring you in close concert nature. Adrenalin driven healthy lifestyle makes your life brighter and provides you with a sense of satisfaction.

Isle of Wight announces the National Bike Week. This is a great time to fun for all of your family to see Isle of Wight. The event takes place from 13th to the 21st of June, 2009. The Isle of Wight is a wonderful place and worth visiting for a cycling break.

Isle of Wight county council along with the local tourism authority has created many cycle ways throughout the Island. To start you off there is a flat cycle path tracking from the no longer used railway station in Cowes and stretches all the way into the centre town of Newport. Her you can rest for while as many nice picnic places from Newport to Sandown are available. From here onto Sandown viewing the wild natural beauty of the IOW, observing the rare wild plants and local species or even have a chance to see the red squirrel close up.

You may also be interested in a fine 12-mile cycle route called the Sunshine Trail. This tracks through a very favorable picturesque area that receives some of the highest amount of sun shine. Starting from the south of the IOW, it offers really magnificent panoramic views over Shanklin, then onto Lake passing by Sandown railway stations. All the way you can contemplate some of the amazing views and all from the comfort of your trusty mountain bike. For those looking for a little longer route we can offer a 15 or 16 miles cycle. This is a little more ambitious but for the real enthusiast why not attempts the 62-mile round the island route. It can be performed in one day, although it is nice to stop over in some of the super inns and B&B; dotted along its path.
If you do not have a bike, but have a great desire to take part in this event and gain such exciting experience then you can easily hire one from the very first day of the festival.

Cycling Holidays
The Isle of Wight Councils organizes for islanders as well as tourists a rich program of divers’ capability so everyone can have a go at something on offer…

During the National Bike Week you will have an opportunity to see a wide range of interesting events…They say that June is marked by the coming of The Prodigy and Stereophonics to the island. So, believe me when I say, you will have a great many pastimes to keep you from becoming bored! We wish you to have a great cycling holiday have fun and cycle safe.


The Old Gaffers Festival 2009 – Celebrating its 50th Year of Racing – 29th to the 31st May

The now well established nationally recognised annual Old Gaffers festival will again be running this year from the 29th May to the 31st May. The first year that races were ran was way back in 1959, so this year we are celebrating 50 years of racing Gaffers on the Solent.

As usual this will not only be a super weekend of sailing nostalgia but a great place to bring the family for all the additional things happening in and around the Yarmouth area over the three days.

The old gaffers themselves will be on display on the water either racing or just looking good. They travel from all over the country to participate in this annual event. Some of the vessels there will be over 80 years old and one this year actually makes it to her 100th and is still going strong.

gaff_rigSo what is a “Gaff Rig” a good description of this is where a sailing rig or configuration of sails in which the sail itself is four-cornered, fore-and-aft rigged, controlled at its peak and, usually, its entire head by a spar (pole) called the gaff. This gaff enables a fore and aft sail to be four sided, rather than triangular, and this as much as doubles the sail area that can be carried by that mast and boom (if a boom is used in the particular rig).  Many small craft over the years have deployed this style of rigging as with the doubling of the sail area the speed of the craft and its capability of manoeuvring in restricted waters are greatly enhanced.

Now that we have explained the technical aspects of why they are called “Gaff” we can move on and suggest to all to look out for the many different styles deployed within the visiting vessels. You can spend hours examining thinking about how these little boats were used all over the UK water ways to deliver the everyday necessities of a booming industrial society during the 18th and 19th Centuries.

This year’s festival will have over 100 vessels afloat as well as many things to do ashore such as Live Concerts, Classic Vehicle Displays, Craft Fair and Market, as well as Flower Festival and many places to eat and drink and while away the weekend.

It is expected that thousands of visitors will be attending so please remember to come early and see the opening ceremony being performed by Geoff Holt, he is the fastest disabled person to sail around the Isle of Wight in 2007, and BBC’s sports personality of the year 2007.

So make a note 12 noon on Friday 29th May for the start of a great weekend of fun at the 2009 Old Gaffers Festival, Yarmouth Harbour Isle of Wight.