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

If you’re looking further ahead to festivals this season, head to our 2022 boat festival calendar here: www.watercraft-magazine.com/2022boatfestivals/

Sail Caledonia 2018, Loch Oich. Photograph: Kathy Mansfield


DCA = Dinghy Cruising Association

OGA = Old Gaffers Association


April 2022

3 April                                     Norfolk Boat Jumble

                                              Norfolk Showground, Norwich

                                              www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk   


3 April                                     Isle of Wight Spring Boat Jumble

                                              Northwood Park, Cowes

                                              www.northwoodhouse.org/event/iw-spring-boat-jumble/


4-8 April                                  DCA France Rally

                                              Rade de Brest, Brittany

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-france.html


9-10 April                                Australian Wooden Boat Festival Maritime Trail 2022

                                              Tasmania, Australia

                                              www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/maritime-trail-program/



9-10 April                                DCA South Coast Rally

                                              East Head / Snowhill Creek, Chichester

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-coast.html


9-10 April                                DCA East Coast Rally

                                              River Deben, Suffolk

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/east-coast.html


10 April                                   North Essex Boat Show and Jumble

                                              Clacton Road, Horsley Cross

                                              www.facebook.com/Boatjumblenorthessex


10 April                                   DCA North West Rally

                                              River Dee, Cheshire

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/north-west.html


12-18 April                              Escale à Sète

                                              Sete, France

                                              www.escaleasete.com


15-16 April                              OGA East Coast Tollesbury Weekend

                                              Tollesbury, Essex

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


16 April                                   DCA South Coast Rally

                                              Ryde, Isle of Wight

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-coast.html

A Huon pine sharpie at Wooden Boat Centre, Franklin – take a tour of the boatbuilding school on the AWBF Maritime Trail, 9-10 April. Photograph: Kathy Mansfield


23 April                                   Weymouth Sailing Club Boat Jumble

                                              Weymouth, Dorset

                                              www.wsc.org.uk/node/4473


23-24 April                              DCA Wales Rally

                                              Cardiff Bay, Wales

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-wales.html


23-24 April                              DCA South Coast Rally

                                              The Kench, Hayling Island

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-coast.html


23-24 April                              DCA North West Rally

                                              Coniston Water, Cumbria

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/north-west.html


23-24 April                              DCA East Coast Rally

                                              River Orwell / Stour, Suffolk

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/east-coast.html


26-28 April                              Danish Maritime Fair and World Maritime Technology Conference

                                              Tivoli Congress Center, Copenhagen

                                              www.danishmaritimefair.dk/


29 April – 1 May                      World Pilot Gig Championships

                                              Isles of Scilly

                                              www.worldgigs.co.uk


29 April – 1 May                      Annapolis Spring Boat Show

                                              Annapolis, Maryland, US

                                              www.annapolisboatshows.com/annapolis-spring-sailboat-show/


30 April                                   DCA South Coast Rally

                                              Mengeham Rythe, Chichester

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-coast.html



May 2022


1 May                                     South of England Boat Jumble

                                              Ardingly, West Sussex

                                              www.boatjumblessussex.com


1 May                                     Shepperton Marina Boat Jumble

                                             Shepperton, Middlesex

                                             www.sheppertonmarina.co.uk/news/boatjumble


2 May                                     DCA Scotland Rally

                                              Cumbrae, Scotland

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-scotland.html


2 May                                     OGA East Coast Crouch Rally

                                              River Crouch, Essex

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


5-8 May                                  Internautica International Boat Show

                                              Marina Portorož, Slovenia

                                              http://www.internautica.org/


6-8 May                                 The Wooden Boat Gathering

                                             Windermere Jetty, Cumbria

                                             woodenboatgathering@gmail.com


6-8 May                                  South Coast Boat Show 2022

                                              Ocean Village Marina, Southampton

                                              www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/events/2022-05-06/south-coast-boat-show/


7 May                                     Boat Building Academy 25th Anniversary Open Day

                                              Lyme Regis, Dorset

                                              www.boatbuildingacademy.com/open-day-saturday-7th-may-2022-11-4/


7-8 May                                 DCA South Coast Rally

                                              Upper Hamble, Hampshire

                                       www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-coast.html


7-8 May                                  DCA East Coast Rally

                                              Rivers Ore and Alde, Suffolk

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/east-coast.html


8 May                                     Suffolk Boat Jumble

                                              Suffolk Showground, Ipswich

                                              www.boatjumbleassociation.co.uk/event/suffolk-boat-jumble-2022/


9 May                                     OGA Bristol Channel Day Cruise        

                                              Bristol Channel from Cardiff Bay

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


11-15 May                              DCA Border Reivers Rally

                                              Kielder Water, Northumberland

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/north-east.html

Early morning calm on Kielder Water in Northumberland for the Dinghy Cruising Association’s Border Reivers Rally 2021. Photograph: Keith Muscott

12-15 May                              DCA US Rally

                                              Kelly’s Island, Ohio

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-north-america.html


12-15 May                               The Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show

                                              Auckland, New Zealand

                                              www.boatshow.co.nz


13-15 May                               DCA Scotland Rally

                                             Loch Lomond, Scotland (continuation of DCA Border Reivers rally)

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-scotland.html


14 May                                    Treluggan Boat Jumble

                                              Treluggan Boatyard, Saltash

                                              www.trelugganboatyard.co.uk


14-15 May                               DCA South West Rally

                                              Churston Cove, Torbay

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-west.html


14-15 May                               OGA Solent Newtown Creek gathering

                                              Newtown Creek, Isle of Wight

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


15 May                                    Northern Boat Jumble

                                              Moss Edge Farm, Garstang

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


19-22 May                               Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

                                              Sanctuary Cove, Australia

                                              www.sanctuarycoveboatshow.com.au


19-22 May                               Oostende voor Anker

                                              Ostend, Belgium

                                              www.oostendevooranker.be/en/                             

© Michael Zapf – YACHTFESTIVAL365


20-22 May                               Hamburg ancora Yachtfestival

                                              Hamburg, Germany

                                              www.yachtfestival.de/en/


21 May                                    Devon Boat Jumble

                                              Newton Abbot Racecourse

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


21-22 May                               DCA US Rally

                                              Deer Island, Mississippi

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-north-america.html


21-22 May                               DCA East Coast Rally

                                              Walton Backwaters, Essex

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/east-coast.html


22 May                                    Solent Boat Jumble

                                              Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley Abbey, Hampshire

                                               http://boat-jumbles.co.uk/


23-28 May                               DCA France Rally

                                              Lac Biscarosse/Parentis, Les Landes, SW France

                                               www.dinghycruising.org.uk/rallies-in-france.html

Photograph: Pasaia Itsas Festibala


26-29 May                               Pasaia Itsas Festibala

                                              Pasaia, Spain

                                              www.pasaiaitsasfestibala.org                                                


28-29 May                               DCA North West Rally

                                              River Alt, Liverpool Bay

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/north-west.html


28-29 May                               DCA South Coast Rally

                                              Poole Harbour, Dorset

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-coast.html


28-29 May                               DCA South West Rally

                                              St Germans, Cornwall

                                              www.dinghycruising.org.uk/south-west.html


28-29 May                               Brixham Heritage Regatta

                                              Brixham, Devon

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


28 May – 4 June                      Sail Caledonia,

                                              Great Glen, Scotland

                                              www.sailcaledonia.org