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24th April 2015 - Press Release

Push the boat out and join us for Dover Marina Open Day

On Saturday 16th May, Dover Marina Open Day returns to provide a marine-focused family event, to provide both budding mariners and those already enjoying the fantastic community benefits of sailing at the Port's award-winning marina.

There is no reason not to come along and explore what Dover’s waterfront has to offer. Taking place on the Crosswall Quay from 10.00am until 5:00pm, the day will included free entry and parking for all those wanting to explore Dover’s seafront.

In partnership with the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (RCPYC) and international yacht brokers Clarke & Carter, the day will bring together the local sailing community and industry experts for a day of family filled-fun with water displays, exhibitions and local food stalls. Firefox fishing charters will be offering trips around the harbour, and there will be the opportunity for the public to paddle the Bronze Age Boat replica around the Wellington Dock.  Also, for the boat-spotter in you, the RNLI will have their Lifeboat “Station Open day” with its shop and the lifeboat open to visitors. The RNLI will also be offering free lifejacket checks.

For the first time ever, working with Ramora UK, the Port of Dover has organised a Flare Amnesty offering a free-flare disposal service on the day (between 11am and 2pm). The disposal of out-of-date flares is a growing problem for boat owners who face severe penalties if they fail to follow the correct procedures.

Barbara Buczek, General Manager – Business Development says:

“This is a great day that gives the sailing and Dover community an opportunity to enjoy our fantastic marina, which is a very active and valued part of the Port. Such events are also a great way of attracting people from all over the UK and showcase Dover as a vibrant sailing location.”


Issued by Port of Dover Corporate Affairs on 01304 240400 (ext 4410 from 8.30 – 17.00)

Notes to Editors

  • Port of Dover’s main stand this year will feature vessel traffic system (VTS) officers, the environmental team and a Port of Dover Neighbourhood Policing Unit will be on hand to answer any questions.
  • Exhibitors will include: B9 Fire, Boat 1550 BC, Clarke & Carter, GJW Direct, English Braids, Firefox Fishing Charters, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Morgan Marine, Premium Life Rafts, Rob Bingham Yacht Surveys, Ross Yacht Services, Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club and SSL Marine.
  • There will be a prize draw for a chance to win Standard Horizon Marine explorer radio with GPS donated by Clarke and Carter.
  • The open day forms part of the Port of Dover’s participation in the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) Push the Boat Out, which offers additional training, cruising and social opportunities throughout the year and is also in association with the British Marine Federation (BMF) ‘On the water’ campaign.


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