A weekend of fun beside the seaside in Peel

Brilliant weekend: Some of the 37 boats taking part in the Compass Pipeline Peel Traditional Boat Festival at the weekend

Brilliant weekend: Some of the 37 boats taking part in the Compass Pipeline Peel Traditional Boat Festival at the weekend

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PEEL was abuzz at the weekend, not just for the traditional boat owners and enthusiasts that gathered in Peel, but also for the crowds that gathered to see them.

On Saturday there was good weather for the Compass Pipeline Peel Traditional Boat Festival, while on Sunday it was a little drizzly, the organisers said.

The Quick and Dirty Boat Building competition on the Saturday saw vessels knocked together on the day and then sailed across the harbour mouth.

A total of 37 traditional craft filled the harbour, with colour, banter, anecdotes and history, and despite the fact that several of the entries pulled out at the last minute, due to unsettled weather conditions prior to the event, some notable craft were on display.

These included, Julia Mary a half-sized Humber Estuary barge, which sailed beautifully despite her ungainly appearance, and the Fairey Huntsman Marie Louise, which elegantly cut through the sea at speed as the boats sailed in the bay.

The winning prizes included, Roin Bahn Trophy for best Bermudan rig to Brother Jack, owner Keith Shawcross; The Creek Inn Cup for best gaff rig to Phyllis, owner Kevin Goulding; 40-plus Fishing Boat Association Trophy for best presented former fishing boat to Scotch Lass, owner Dave Lancaster; Rum Cove Trophy for ‘the best spiffin wheeze’ of the weekend to Kirmew, owner Gary Lyons; The Nobby Winch for longest distance travelled to the event from Duarnenez (Britany) in two legs, to Jorodeta, owner Jonathan Cully; Propeller Trophy for the best motorboat to Marie Louise, owner Tim Tomalin; The Commissioners’ Cup for the boat that contributed the most to the event to Genesta II, owner Mick Kneale; The Nobby Leg, the booby prize of the event, to Master Frank, owner Joe Pennington.

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