2022 Boat Festival Calendar

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Will this finally be the year of the festival? Will this summer see us brushing up on our shanties or checking those tides for the Chenal du Four? So many festivals and events have been postponed or cancelled over the past two years, it’s hard to keep track of whether it’s a Morbihan year or a Douarnenez year, or even what year it is in the first place. We’ve rounded up the festivals confirmed for the season so far, in the hope we will all be able to get together and celebrate our boats once again this year. At the very least, that happy prospect should spur us on when we’re under a hull scraping barnacles. 

If you have an event you think we should be including here, let us know at cat@watercraft-magazine.com

Oh and the answer’s Douarnenez – and it’s 2022.

Photographs: Kathy Mansfield

12-14 March 

Wooden Boat Festival Geelong

www.woodenboatfestivalgeelong.com.au

12-18 April      

Escale à Sète

www.escaleasete.com

29 April-1 May 

World Pilot Gig Championships, Isles of Scilly

www.worldgigs.co.uk

26-29 May 

Pasaia Itsas Festibala Maritime Festival

www.pasaiaitsasfestibala.org

28 May-4 June

Sail Caledonia, Great Glen, Scotland

www.sailcaledonia.org

Falmouth Classics 2021

17-19 June

Falmouth Classics and Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

www.falmouthclassics.org.uk

www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk

17-19 June  

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy

www.stbfportsoy.org

25-26 June

29 June–3 July

Fécamp Grand’Escale 

www.fecampgrandescale.com

1-3 July

Sea Salts and Sail, Mousehole

www.seasalts.co.uk

9-10 July 

Vieilles Coques, Concarneau

www.vieilllescoques.fr

Douarnenez 2018

14-17 July  

Fêtes maritimes, Douarnenez

www.tempsfete.com

15-17 July

Thames Traditional Boat Festival

www.tradboatfestival.com

29-31 July  

Abers 2022, L’Aber-Wrac’h

www.fetesmaritimes.landeda.fr/

12-14 August

Fêtes des Vieux Gréements, Paimpol

www.vieux-greements-paimpol.fr

1904 Bristol pilot cutter Mascotte and 1938 Danish gaff cutter Eda Frandsen at Falmouth Classics 2021