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Southend Water Festival

 

The Southend Water Festival was originally set up to become an event to rival the airshow.  The event hosted lots if different sea based events from power boats to dragon boats.

 

The 1996 event programme:

 

Saturday 15th June 1996. 

 

10:30—3:00 Outdoor Education Centre

11:00—3:00 Dragon Boats (west of pier)

11:00—2:00 “Toppers” Yacht racing

11:00—3:00 Fishing from the Pier

11:00-4:00 Windsurfing

11:30 RAF Sea King Helicopter

12:00—2:00 Brunt UK Skiff Racing

12:00—3:00 Power Boats

3:00 Parade of Boats

 

Sunday 16th June.

10:30—3:00 Outdoor Education Centre

11:00—3:00 Fishing from the Pier

11:00-4:00 Windsurfing

11:30—3:00 Dragon Boats (west of pier)

12:45—3:15 Offshore Circuit Power Boat Racing Round 5 of OCR National Championships

Helicopter Joy Flights (Thorpe Esplanade)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1997 programme:

Saturday 21st June

11:00—4:00 Static display of Power Boats

11:00—4:00 Dragon Boat Racing (by the Three Shells)

11:00—4:00 Exhibitions & Ground Entertainment opens

12:15 Race One UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

1:15 Race Two UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

2:15 Race Three UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

2:30 Toppers Race

3:00 Town Cup

 

Sunday 22nd June

11:00—4:00 Dragon Boats

11:00-4:00 Exhibitions & Ground Entertainment opens

12:45 Race Four UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix

1:00 RAF Sea King SaR Demo

1:45 Race Five UK 18ft Skiff UK Grand Prix

2:00—4:30 Round Five OCR National Championship

2:45 Race Six UK 18ft Skiff UK Grand Prix

3:45 Race Seven UK 18ft Skiff UK Grand Prix

 

 

 

 

The 1999 event saw the final of the English grand prix powerboat racing televised, there was also 18ft skiff competitions, the ever-popular Thames sailing barges, dragon boat racing and yacht and windsurfing competitions feature however the star of the show was the world's largest tall ship the Sedov moored at the end of the pier.

 

 

The 2000 Programme:

 

Saturday 2nd September 2000

 

11:00-5:00 Exhibition and Ground Entertainment opens.

2:00 Veterans Cup (Thorpe Bay Yacht Club)

2:30 Sailsail,com 18ft Skiff Grand prix (3 races)2:45 Offshore Power Boat fly past

3:00 Offshore Power Boat Racing rounds 9 & 10 British Championships & Nations Cup

 

4:00 Powerboat prize giving

 

Sunday 3rd September 2000

11:00-5:00 Exhibition and Ground Entertainment opens.

3:00 Sailsail,com 18ft Skiff Grand prix (3 races)

3:00 Thames Estuary Yacht Club (interclub series)

3:15 Offshore Power Boat fly past

3:30 Offshore Power Boat Racing rounds 9 & 10 British Championships & Nations Cup

4:00 Halfway Yacht Club Racing

4:30 Powerboat prize giving

 

2001

  

During the 2001 event one of the power boats collided at 70mph  with the moored fishing boat “Kestrel”, the crew of the power boat were thrown out, the power boat rapidly sunk, whilst the “Kestrel” slowly sunk off the Loading pier.

 

The Sinking of the Kestrel

Just after the collision, Kestrel (cream hull, dark superstructure) can be seen just off centre, the power boat has already sunk and only the bow can be seen as the lifeboat rushes to the scene.

 

 

 The Kestrel soon started to sink, after being holed beneath the waterline.

 

With just the bow and a small part of the deckhouse above the waves The Kestrel slowly sinks below the waves.

Dates of Events.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 1996

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June 1997

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th June 1998

Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th & Monday 30th August 1999

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2000

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July 2001 

 

 

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