Here’s what’s on in the world of boats and boatbuilding for the next couple of months.

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DCA = Dinghy Cruising Association

OGA = Old Gaffers Association

SBA = Steamboat Association

EBA = Electric Boat Association

MARCH 2024

Boatbuilding at the IBTC Lowestoft – see W150. Photograph: Marc Fovargue-Davies

23 March

IBTC Lowestoft Open Day

Lowestoft, Suffolk

26 March – 1 April 

Escale à Sète Maritime Festival

Sète, France

29 March – 1 April 

Easter Historic Boat Gathering 

National Waterways Museum 

Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

APRIL 2024

SBA 50th anniversary celebrations on Windermere in 2021 – see W150. Photograph: Ceri Green

7 April

DCA North West Rally

River Dee, Farndon, Cheshire

11-14 April 

Valencia Electric Boat Show

Valencia, Spain

13-14 April

DCA East Coast Rally

Rivers Ore and Alde, Suffolk

13 April

DCA North America ‘Boat Show’ and Camp Cooking Extravaganza

Old Lyme, CT, US

14 April 

Norfolk Boat Jumble

Norfolk Showground, Norwich

19-21 April

DCA North West Rally

Coniston Water, Cumbria

19-21 April 

South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show

Ocean Village Marina, Southampton, Hampshire

20 April 

IBTC Lowestoft Open Day

Lowestoft, Suffolk

20-21 April 

DCA South Coast Rally

Snowhill Creek, West Sussex

23 April

SBA St George’s Day Steam

Windermere Jetty Museum, Cumbria 

25-28 April 

Palma International Boat Show

Palma, Spain 

27 April 

Boat Building Academy Open Day

Lyme Regis, Dorset

27 April

DCA Wales Rally

Pontsticill Reservoir, Methyr Tydfil, Wales  

28 April 

North Essex Boat Show and Jumble 

Horsley Cross, Essex

MAY 2024

Le Havre pilot cutter Marie Fernand at Fécamp Grand’Escale in 2022 – see W163. Photograph: Kathy Mansfield

3-5 May

World Pilot Gig Championships

Isles of Scilly

3-6 May

DCA South East Rally

Bewl Water, Kent

4 May 

Devon Boat Jumble

Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon

4-5 May 

DCA East Coast Rally

Walton Backwater, Essex

4-5 May

DCA South Coast Rally

Bembridge, Isle of Wight

4-6 May

Jersey Boat Show,

St Helier, Jersey

8-12 May

Fécamp Grand’Escale

Fécamp, France

9-12 May 

Pasaia Itsas Festibala

Pasaia, Spain

10-13 May

SBA Steam@TheLift

Anderton Boat Lift, Northwich, Cheshire

10-13 May

DCA Scotland Rally

Loch Morar, Scotland

11 May

Jack Chippendale Centenary Race and Celebration

Fareham Sailing & Motor Boat Club, Hampshire

11 May 

DCA South Coast Rally

Upper Hamble, Hampshire

12 May

Solent Boat Jumble 

Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Hampshire

15 May 

OGA Bristol Channel Day Cruise

Cardiff Bay & Bristol Channel

15-19 May

DCA Border Reivers Rally

Kielder Water, Northumberland

17-19 May

DCA Wales Rally

Porthclais, Pembrokeshire, Wales

17-19 May

Cowes Spring Classics

Cowes, Isle of Wight

17-19 May

DCA Scotland Rally

St Mary’s Loch, Scotland

18 May 

CLC’s Big Little Boat Festival

Centreville, Maryland, US

18-19 May 

DCA South Coast Rally

Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight

22-26 May

Raid Pomerania 2024

Barhöft Harbour, Germany

25 May

DCA South West Rally

Wilcove, River Tamar, Cornwall

25 May 

DCA South Coast Rally

Langstone Village, Hampshire

25-26 May

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival

Baltimore, Ireland

25-26 May 

Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta

Brixham, Devon

25-27 May

Crick Boat Show

Crick, Northants

25-27 May

OGA and Woodbridge Boatyard Deben Rally and Cherub Centenary 

Waldringfield, Suffolk

25-27 May

OGA Teamac Gaffling 4.1 Championships

Waldringfield, Suffolk

27 May – 3 June

DCA France Rally

Lac de Biscarosse et de Parentis, France

29 May – 2 June

Salone Nautico Venezia – Venice Boat Show

Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

31 May – 2 June

ancora YACHTFESTIVAL Boat Show

ancora Marina, Neustadt, Germany