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

If you have an event of interest to WaterCraft readers, let us know at cat@watercraft-magazine.com

DCA = Dinghy Cruising Association

OGA = Old Gaffers Association

SBA = Steamboat Association

EBA = Electric Boat Association

MAY 2024

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

15-19 May

DCA Border Reivers Rally

Kielder Water, Northumberland

www.dinghycruising.life/north-east.html

17-19 May

DCA Wales Rally

Porthclais, Pembrokeshire, Wales

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-wales.html

17-19 May

Cowes Spring Classics

Cowes, Isle of Wight

https://cowesspringclassics.com

17-19 May

DCA Scotland Rally

St Mary’s Loch, Scotland

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-scotland.html

18 May 

CLC’s Big Little Boat Festival

Centreville, Maryland, US

www.clcboats.com/boatbuilding_classes/851.html

18-19 May 

DCA South Coast Rally

Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

22-26 May

Raid Pomerania 2024

Barhöft Harbour, Germany

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-the-baltic.html

23-26 May

Oostende voor Anker 2024

Ostend, Belgium

https://www.oostendevooranker.be/nl

25 May

DCA South West Rally

Wilcove, River Tamar, Cornwall

www.dinghycruising.life/south-west.html

25 May 

DCA South Coast Rally

Langstone Village, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

25-26 May

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival

Baltimore, Ireland

https://www.baltimoresailingclub.ie/event/wooden-boat-festival-2024/

25-26 May 

Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta

Brixham, Devon

http://www.brixhamheritageregatta.uk/index.htm

25-27 May

Crick Boat Show

Crick, Northants

www.crickboatshow.com

25-27 May

OGA and Woodbridge Boatyard Deben Rally and Cherub Centenary 

Waldringfield, Suffolk

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

25-27 May

OGA Teamac Gaffling 4.1 Championships

Waldringfield, Suffolk

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

25-27 May 

Gloucester Tall Ships Festival 

Gloucester, UK

www.gloucestertallships.co.uk

27 May – 3 June

DCA France Rally

Lac de Biscarosse et de Parentis, France

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-france.html

29 May – 2 June

Salone Nautico Venezia – Venice Boat Show

Venice Arsenale, Venice, Italy

https://salonenautico.venezia.it/en/

30 May – 2 June

Pilot Cutter Review

Fowey and St Mawes, Cornwall

https://classic-sailing.com/article/pilot-cutter-review-2024/

31 May – 2 June

ancora YACHTFESTIVAL Boat Show

ancora Marina, Neustadt, Germany

www.yachtfestival.de/en/ancora-yachtfestival/

JUNE 2024

Photograph by Kathy Mansfield: The inaugural Wooden Boat Gathering at Windermere Jetty in 2022.

1 June 

IBTC Lowestoft Open Day

Lowestoft, Suffolk

www.ibtc.co.uk

1-2 June 

DCA East Coast Rally

River Orwell/Stour, Suffolk

www.dinghycruising.life/east-coast.html

1-2 June 

DCA Wales Rally

Goodwick, Pembrokeshire

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-wales.html

1-12 June 

DCA South Coast Rally

River Medina, Isle of Wight

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

1-2 June 

DCA North America Lake Pepin Messabout

Lake Pepin, WI & MN, US

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-north-america.html

1-10 June

Cork Harbour Festival and Ocean to City Race (8 June)

Cork, Ireland

https://corkharbourfestival.com

2-15 June 

Richard Mille Cup 

Falmouth, Cornwall

www.richardmillecup.com

4 June 

BBA Launch Day

Lyme Regis, Dorset

www.boatbuildingacademy.com

5 June 

DCA South Coast Rally

Sandy Point, Hayling Island, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

7-10 June 

Exeter Heritage / SBA Harbour Festival

Exeter, Devon

https://steamboatassociation.co.uk/event-5574656

7-8 June

Arnside Classic Boat Regatta

Arnside, Cumbria

https://widget.eola.co/1222/activities/arnside-classic-boat-regatta

7-9 June 

OGA Swallows and Amazons

Walton, Essex

https://www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

7-9 June 

DCA North East Rally

Holy Island, Northumberland

www.dinghycruising.life/north-east.html

8 June 

DCA North America Rally

Thimble Island, CT, US

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-north-america.html

8 June 

DCA South Coast Rally 

Portsmouth Harbour, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

11-15 June

DCA Scotland Rally

Loch Sunart, Scotland

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-scotland.html

13-16 June 

OGA Yarmouth Gaffers’ Regatta

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

14-16 June 

Made in Looe Regatta

Looe, Cornwall

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61551715538247  

14-17 June 

SBA Fal Steamboat Rally

Mylor Yacht Harbour, Cornwall

https://steamboatassociation.co.uk/page-1039467

14-16 June 

Falmouth Classics 

Falmouth, Cornwall

https://www.falmouthclassics.org.uk

14-16 June 

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Falmouth, Cornwall

https://www.falmouthseashanty.co.uk

14-16 June 

DCA North West Rally

Ullswater, Cumbria

www.dinghycruising.life/north-west.html

14-16 June

DCA Scandinavia Rally

Orust, Sweden

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-scandinavia.html

15 June 

Pin Mill Smack Race

Pin Mill, Suffolk

www.colnesmack.co.uk/events/

15-16 June

DCA South Coast Rally

Poole Harbour, Dorset

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

17-19 June 

OGA SW Gaffers Helford Rally

Helford River, Cornwall

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

20 June 

OGA Bristol Channel Cardiff Bay Race

Cardiff Bay, Wales

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

20-23 June 

Fêtes Maritimes de la Rochelle

La Rochelle, France

https://fetesmaritimeslarochelle.fr

21 June

OGA Bristol Channel Day Cruise

Cardiff Bay & Bristol Channel

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

21-23 June 

DCA Wales Rally

Dwyryd Estuary, Wales

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-wales.html

22 June 

DCA South Coast Rally

Langstone Harbour, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

21-23 June

Glenglassaugh Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Portsoy, Scotland

https://stbfportsoy.org

23 June 

Windermere Steam Boat Rally 

Windermere, Cumbria

https://steamboatassociation.co.uk/page-1039467

23-25 June

The WoodenBoat Show

Mystic, CT, US

www.thewoodenboatshow.com

23-30 June 

DCA South West Mylor Camping Week

Mylor, Cornwall

https://www.dinghycruising.life/south-west.html

23-28 June

DCA France Rally

Golfe du Morbihan, Brittany 

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-france.html

26 June 

DCA South Coast Rally

Dell Quay, West Sussex

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

28-30 June 

OGA East Coast Southwold Rally

Southwold, Suffolk

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

28-30 June

Wooden Boat Gathering

Windermere Jetty, Cumbria

https://www.woodenboatgathering.com

28-30 June 

DCA Wales Rally

Aber Taf, Carmarthenshire

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-wales.html

29 June 

DCA North West Rally

West Hoyle Bank, Dee Estuary

www.dinghycruising.life/north-west.html

29-30 June 

SBA Calstock Heritage Weekend 

Calstock, Cornwall

https://www.steamboatassociation.org.uk/page-1039467

29-30 June 

DCA South Coast Rally

Oxey Lake, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

JULY 2024

Photograph by Cat Holman: Sea Salts and Sail 2022

1-2 July

DCA North America Rally

Connecticut River, CT, US

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-north-america.html

5-7 July 

Sea Salts & Sail Festival

Mousehole, Cornwall

www.seasalts.co.uk

5 July 

OGA Bristol Channel Day Cruise 

Cardiff Bay & Bristol Channel

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

6 July

DCA South Coast Rally

Eling, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

6-7 July

Vieilles Coques Concarneau

Concarneau, France

www.vieillescoques.fr

6-7 July

DCA Scotland Rally

Solway Firth, Scotland

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-scotland.html

6-8 & 10-13 July 

Conwy River Festival

Conwy, Wales

https://conwyriverfestival.org

6-12 July 

Cowes Classics

Cowes, Isle of Wight

www.cowesclassicsweek.org

7 July 

Titchfield Boat Jumble

Titchfield, Hampshire

www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk/event/titchfield-boat-jumble/

11-14 July 

SBA Evesham River Festival Rally

Evesham, Worcestershire

www.steamboatassociation.org.uk/page-1039467  

12-14 July

SBA Puffing-a-Wey Rally

Guildford, Surrey

www.steamboatassociation.org.uk/page-1039467

12-17 July

Fêtes Maritimes de Brest 

Brest, France

www.fetesmaritimesdebrest.fr

13 July 

OGA Bristol Channel Day Cruise 

Cardiff Bay & Bristol Channel

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

13-14 July 

DCA Midlands Rally

River Severn, Gloucestershire

www.dinghycruising.life/midlands.html

13-14 July 

DCA South Coast Rally

Ryde Marina, Isle of Wight

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

17 July

DCA South Coast Rally

East Head, West Sussex

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

17-25 July

Classic Channel Regatta

Dartmouth, UK to Paimpol, France

www.classic-channel-regatta.eu

18-19 July 

Dartmouth Classics

Dartmouth, Devon

https://dartmouthclassics.org.uk

18-21 July 

Fêtes Maritimes Douarnenez

Douarnenez, France

https://fetesmaritimes.fr

18-25 July 

Salish 100

Olympia to Port Townsend, WA, US

https://nwmaritime.org/salish100/

19-21 July

Thames Traditional Boat Festival

Fawley Meadows, Henley-on-Thames

www.tradboatfestival.com

19-21 July 

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol

www.bristolharbourfestival.co.uk

19-21 July 

OGA Bembridge Rally

Bembridge, Isle of Wight

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html

20-21 July

DCA North West Rally

River Alt, Merseyside

www.dinghycruising.life/north-west.html

20-22 July

DCA North America Rally

Casco Bay, ME, US

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-north-america.html

21-26 July 

DCA France Rally

Rade de Brest, Brittany

www.dinghycruising.life/rallies-in-france.html

24 July

DCA South Coast Rally

Thornham Marina, West Sussex

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

26-27 July 

Pacific Northwest Small Boat Festival 

Port Ludlow, WA, US

https://pocketyachters.com/events/20240727/

26-28 July 

Peel Sea Fest

Peel, Isle of Man 

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html   

27 July 

OGA SW Gaffers Annual Rally and Race

Plymouth, Devon

www.oga.org.uk/events/events.html   

27-28 July 

DCA South Coast Rally

Upper Hamble, Hampshire

www.dinghycruising.life/south-coast.html

30 July – 2 August 

Fowey Classics

Fowey, Cornwall

www.foweyclassics.com