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30th July 2018 - Press Release

A Maritime Marvel

Now in its sixth year and with a focus on our wonderful maritime heritage in Dover, this years' free family fun-packed, port of Dover Community Regatta on Sunday 26 August is going to be the best yet.

Taking place in the magnificent Dover Harbour and along the award-winning esplanade, there’s a host of new nautical activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the day including Hovercraft, Port vessels, Dover Lifeboat, Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club yacht races and a Viking Maritime Skills Academy training display.

And now, everyone can join in the fun on the water and have a chance to win a trip to Nausicaa in Boulogne or Sea Safari Tickets with The Watersports Centre, by entering the Port of Dover Community Raft Race. Organised by the Port of Dover with the support of the Dover & Deal Sea Cadets, Dover Watersports Centre and the RNLI, it’s a fun new event for this year’s Regatta. Teams will go head-to-head in their homemade rafts and help to raise funds for our supported charity, the Dover Outreach Centre. The Raft Races will be held in the morning, within the Swim Zone area of Dover Harbour.

For more information and an application form to enter a raft and team of 6 adults please contact us at events@doverport.co.uk Team entry costs £36 including vat.

A wealth of new shore-side entertainment is also on offer this year. There’s a human football table, roundabouts, bungee trampoline, crazy golf, model boats and giant board games. Performances on the outdoor stage from a variety of fabulous musical acts will keep everyone on our impressive seafront promenade entertained throughout the day and into the evening.

As usual, there will be plenty of stalls along the seafront offering food and drink, crafts and local produce as well as useful community and charity information.

All proceeds from this years’ event will be donated to the Dover Outreach Centre, a local charity supporting people out of homelessness - so come along for a wonderful time and help raise funds for this deserving cause.

Port of Dover Harbour Master, Steve Masters said: “Dover has a long and prestigious maritime heritage and I’m thrilled that this year’s Regatta will be celebrating this with a much stronger focus on the sea.

“I’m particularly looking forward to seeing all of the inventive entries in the new Community Raft Race which is sure to be enormous fun for both teams and spectators and will help us raise much needed funds for our chosen charity, Dover Outreach Centre.

“It’s going to be our best port of Dover Community Regatta yet and so please come along and have a wonderful time.”

Port of Dover Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Jenny Beacon said: “This years’ Community Regatta, the ports’ flagship summer event, offers more exciting activities and entertainment for the community than ever before. Our maritime heritage is something that we can all be proud of and through this fabulous free event, it’s great that the port and community can come together to celebrate this.”

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