Hundreds of boats will be sailing into the heart of Plymouth this summer as The Marina at Sutton Harbour prepares to host a number of boat rallies.
The Marina’s annual calendar has been filling up for 2018 as multiple boat clubs and associations have chosen to stage their rallies in Sutton Harbour and booked visitor berths. There are currently seven rallies scheduled to be held at the Marina between April and August and boat owners will be travelling from across the UK and Europe to attend.
Plymouth will welcome a wide selection of popular and iconic boats, such as Sadlers and Southerlys, as they descend on the Marina. The first rally will be held at the end of April when members of the Salcombe Yacht Club sail to the city for the weekend. The rallies will then continue throughout the summer until the season is brought to a close in August.
The final event will be a special rally for the West Country branch of the Sadler & Starlight Association. The club will be celebrating its 40th anniversary on the same weekend as the national British Firework Championships, which are held in Plymouth each year. Members of the association will be enjoying an evening of food and drink together before watching the fireworks from the fabulous viewpoint of the veranda of the Marina at Sutton Harbour.
Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, said: “We welcome visits from clubs and organisations looking for the perfect venue to host their rally, race or event, and we’re delighted that hundreds of boats will be travelling to Plymouth from all over the country throughout the next few months to take part in a series of rallies hosted by The Marina at Sutton Harbour.
“We are particularly excited about the Sadler & Starlight Association’s rally in August. The club’s 40th anniversary celebration event lines up with the incredibly popular British Fireworks Championships and members of the association will have a spectacular view as they watch the display from the marina veranda.”
The complete list of rallies and major race events currently confirmed at The Marina at Sutton Harbour is as follows:
- Salcombe Yacht Club Rally in April
- Southerly Owners Association Rally in May
- Solo Offshore Racing Club 2018 soloFASTNET completes in June
- The Fisher Owners Association Rally in July
- Yacht Club Classique 2018 Plymouth to La Rochelle Race in July
- Starcross Fishing & Cruising Club Rally in August
- Sadler & Starlight Association 40th Anniversary Celebration Rally in August
The Marina at Sutton Harbour is recognised internationally as one of the top 105 marinas in the world, having continually earned the highest accreditation from industry experts in recognition of its first-class facilities and superior customer service and retaining its 5 Gold Anchor status year after year.