News – 2015

Planning for the 2015 Sea Ilfracombe Maritime Festival is now well advanced.

New for this year will be the premier of the Boatstories films in the Landmark, a music stage and food stalls on the Ropery Road car park on Saturday and Sunday plus an illuminated parade on the Saturday evening. There will be lots of children’s activities including a crabbing competition, rockpool rambles, opportunities to sail, kayak and row in the harbour plus street entertainers.
Exhibits and displays by local marine organisations (AONB, Surfers agains Sewerage, FLAG) will be open throughout the weekend.

The Dive Club, as well as being the base for the Sea Ilfracombe office, will be welcoming visitors with teas and coffees in their clubhouse and will also feature a display of ‘found’ objects plus an amazing underwater photography display by Maggs Ashton.

A great music lineup is in place with confirmed performers:

Rachel Woolmer
Anchors Away
Ilfracombe Rocks
Chris Millington
Catnick and the Midnight Zoo
Sam Fearon
Sonic Fusion
Such & Vincent
The Rivals
Shake a Leg
Rockin’ Robin
Out of The Blue
9 Yards
Charmaine Lilley

Music starts both days at 12.30 – going through to 9.00 pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.

Keep an eye on the ‘programme‘ page as new events are added.

Friday Night on the Oldenburgh 2013- Lantern Chapel hit by lightning.
Last night was a surreal moment for me.
We boarded the MS Oldenburg for an evening of ale and song when the clouds darkened and a few spots of rain could be felt. Tethered to the pier the boat would still roll due to the light swell and high tide. I headed quickly below deck to locate the bar (so the wife wouldn’t have to hunt around for it) then settled down to some soothing melodeon and other instruments I have no idea the names of.
It was then I saw what I thought was a camera flash outside shortly followed by another and then another. When I heard the rumble I surmised this was part of some cheesy audio-visual experience to simulate a storm out at sea whilst they sang their shanties. This was confirmed (in my mind) because the flash to thunderclap duration was too short and too consistent for anything I’d experienced in this part of the country.
I was also convinced that they were using the fire hoses to spray hundreds of gallons of sea water at the aft windows to add to the effect in spite of it leaking through and running along the bar area. This delusion ended when I went up on deck and was told by her crew the last twenty minutes was the best electrical storm they had ever seen!

Simon Stuart
Photos from Simon:-

Fri. Verity & stormclouds Fri. rain from Oldenburg
Verity with storm clouds Rain from Oldenburgh>