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SHIPWRECK ISLE – A SAIL AWAY SUCCESS FOR VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT

It was anchors away last weekend (18/19 June) as Shipwreck Isle sailed into port and the golden sands of Ryde became a pirates’ paradise for two glorious days.

Hundreds of salty seadogs and buccaneers headed to Ryde for the free event, which is part of Visit Isle of Wight’s (VIOW) Festival of the Sea celebrations.

VIOW worked with Roger Crouch, the man behind the Hastings Pirate Day event – to make Shipwreck Isle even bigger and better than before.  Held for just one day in 2015, the hugely popular event was extended to two-days with events and activities that included a Pirates of the Caribbean Village, Blackbeard’s market, live stunt action and an evening of entertainment on the Saturday night.

Visit Isle of Wight believes Shipwreck Isle has a genuine potential to grow into a major, world-class event for the Island – and encourage more out of season visitors to its shores.

Katie Jones, Events Manager for Visit Isle of Wight, said: “This year’s Shipwreck Isle went extremely well and created a real buzz as local people and visitors interacted with pirates and the various pirate-themed events and activities.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger and his team as well as Island businesses people like Airon Baker and Damien Walsh, who were involved in creating such a fabulous event”.

The Festival of the Sea runs from 18 June -3 July and during that period there are lots more sea-themed events and activities for visitors and local people to enjoy.

A new highlight this year, the world’s leading annual solo sailing race, the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro comes to Cowes from June 22 to 26.

The Solitaire Race Village in Cowes will be free to visit during five full days of fun, and will include food markets, a drinks bar, live music, plus an opportunity for those who want to try their hands at sailing on the Solent – courtesy of the sailing academy UKSA.  Alongside the live entertainment, there will be a host of interactive family-friendly stands and activities.

Other major events include the Shakespeare Mardi Gras on 25th June and the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race on 2nd July.

For more information about these and other Festival of the Sea events, please go to www.visitisleofwight.org.

For further information, please contact Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29/07766 705672, sue@visitwight.org

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Notes to Editors

Image of Shipwreck Isle attached.

Visit Isle of Wight

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

ISLE OF WIGHT’S FESTIVAL OF THE SEA 2015 SETS SAIL

One of the world’s largest yacht races and an appearance by Johnny Depp’s stunt double are amongst the highlights of a two-week seaside festival returning to the Isle of Wight this month.

The Festival of The Sea, which was created by the Island’s Destination Marketing Organisation, Visit Isle of Wight, will involve 100 events on land and at sea. The Festival is now in its third year and will take place from June 22nd to July 5th.

The headline event is the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, on June 27th, which is organised by the Island Sailing Club and typically attracts 1700 yachts and 16,000 sailors. Competitors from around the world will attempt to circumnavigate the Island’s 50 nautical mile course, with crowds enjoying a coastline view.

On June 28th, Appley Beach will be transformed into ‘Shipwreck Isle’ with cannon demonstrations, sword fighting and Jack Sparrow lookalike Simon Newton, who doubled for Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Younger visitors are invited to dress up in their swashbuckling outfits for pirate storytelling, treasure hunts and sand sculpture workshops.

From July 2nd to 5th, Hovertravel will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a 1980s themed weekend. Travellers will be greeted with music, fancy dress and giveaways at the terminals.

Seaside and riverside pubs will be offering live music throughout the fortnight, including: The Spyglass Inn, Ventnor (June 22nd and 29th), The Bargeman’s Rest, Newport (June 24th to 28th and July 2nd to 5th) The Steamer Inn, Shanklin (June 26th to 28th and July 3rd to 5th) and The Buddle Smuggler’s Inn, Niton (June 27th).

Other events include the What Knot Crafts Exhibition in Freshwater (June 26th), the Messing About in Boats art exhibition in Cowes (June 24th to July 5th), St Catherine’s Lighthouse tours (throughout the Festival) and a Pearl Masterclass at Isle of Wight Pearl near Brighstone (throughout the Festival).

The finale on July 4th and 5th will be the ‘All at Sea’ beach festival at Hope Beach in Shanklin, with children’s entertainment, the Cardboard Box Boat Race and the Isle of Wight Birdman Rally – where competitors attempt to glide gracefully into the sea in homemade contraptions.

David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Isle of Wight’s Festival of the Sea is bigger and better than ever, with everything from the thrilling spectacle of world class yacht racing right through to sword fighting on the beach at Appley. You can take a tour of a lighthouse, hear some live music or join the family-friendly finale in Shanklin. The Isle of Wight’s rich nautical history deserves to be celebrated in style – and this year we’re confident we’ve got something for everybody.”

Visit Isle of Wight is supporting the Festival of the Sea 2015 with a £20,000 advertising campaign in newspapers and on radio stations across the South Coast and in London.

This is the third year running that Visit Isle of Wight has co-ordinated this festival.

You can pick up a copy of the Festival of the Sea guide, including times and locations of all the events at http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/festival-of-the-sea

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Press contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

Notes for Editors:

Image attached:  “Jack Sparrow”. One of Europe’s top Jack Sparrow lookalikes, Simon Newton will be at the festival for photographs and a bit of swashbuckling. Simon doubled for Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Visit Isle of Wight

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

Shipwreck Isle (28th June)

This events is organised by Roger Crouch, tel. 07739 373567, e-mail rogercrouch07@btinternet.com

All at Sea (4/5th July)

This event is organised by John Hawkins, Beach Events, tel. 07973 669 176, e-mail john@beach-events.co.uk, www.beach-events.co.uk

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it the largest yacht race of its kind in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.

Competitors come from all over Great Britain, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron ‘line’ in Cowes, the massive fleet, often flying brightly coloured spinnakers, races westabout to The Needles, around St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.

(separate vantage point list/map http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=rir14&ui=rir4&style=std&override=&section=race&page=course )   http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk

Media enquiries: Peta Stuart-Hunt, ISC Race Press Officer | 07711 477707

 

 

 

 

THE ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL OF THE SEA SAILS INTO PORT

The Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea – promoted by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) – returns for a third year, from  Monday 22nd June to Sunday 5th July 2015, with dozens of themed events and activities for local people and visitors to enjoy.

 

The popular annual celebration of the Island’s nautical heritage will be highlighted by “anchor” events bringing visitors a memorable fourteen filled with shanty bands, arts & crafts exhibitions, lighthouse tours, sea safaris and, of course, delicious seafood. 

 

Since it began in 2013, the Festival of the Sea has welcomed thousands of visitors to the Island.  Last year, VIOW joined forces with J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race organisers to create an even bigger spectator event. 

 

This year’s race which regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors – making it one of the largest yacht races in the world – takes place on Saturday 27th June.

 

A fantastic new event for 2015, “Shipwreck Isle”, in Ryde on Sunday, 28th June, will present a swashbuckling mix of piratical fun and entertainment.   

 

Shipwreck Isle will take place at Appley Beach with a full programme of activities centred on and around the beach.   Seafront events will include stunt action sword-fighting, historical re-enactments, canon and firearm demonstrations – and the “Pirates of the Caribbean Europe Group” who will be out in force with their Caribbean Village on the beach.

 

An event of mammoth proportions, “Dinosaurs by the Sea” will also be dropping anchor on Saturday 4th July when visitors and locals alike will be invited to be part of a record-breaking attempt in forming the world’s largest human Tyrannosaurus Rex at Appley Beach.

 

Meanwhile, Small Hope Beach in Shanklin will be pioneering an alternative Festival of the Sea finale with the Island’s only ‘beach festival’ with a twist. The “All at Sea” beach festival on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July will have a Birdman contest, Cardboard Boat race, with more activities to be confirmed shortly.

 

With a packed timetable of events planned this June and July, VIOW is hoping that Festival of the Sea 2015 will encourage people to plan a trip and experience the Island’s seafaring history and heritage for themselves.

 

They hope to broaden the festival’s spread even further than last year and are inviting organisations, towns and villages to come up with their own nautically-inspired events, which will be promoted by VIOW for free.

 

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said, “The Festival of the Sea has the potential to become an integral part of the Island’s summertime fun and after last year’s tremendous success, we want to offer a rich mix of quality events to attract even more people to attend. We hope to have workshops, performances, open days, sport events, exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, beach events, food events and more. We’d also love to see towns and shops decorated in a nautical theme.”

 

The Festival of the Sea will be marketed through all media channels and anyone interested in hosting an event or providing a promotional offer to grow their business or promote their village or town, should visit www.visitwight.org while the festival programme is being developed.

 

A full schedule of events will be listed on www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

 

ENDS

 

Press contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org

 

Notes for Editors:

 

Images attached:

 

1) “Hauling the pots” – Ocean Blue, will once again be running Sea Safaris from Ventnor Haven http://www.oceanbluequay.co.uk/sea_charters/

2)   The “Pirates of the Caribbean Europe Group”, who will be at Shipwreck Isle, which forms parts of the Festival of the Sea, on Sunday, 28th June.

 

Visit Isle of Wight

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

 

Shipwreck Isle (28th June) and Dinosaurs by the Sea (4th July)

 

These events are organised by Roger Crouch, tel. 07739 373567, e-mail rogercrouch07@btinternet.com

 

All at Sea (4/5th July)

 

This event is organised by John Hawkins, Beach Events, tel. 07973 669 176, e-mail john@beach-events.co.uk, www.beach-events.co.uk

 

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Yacht Race

 

Held on the longest day this year, Saturday 21st June, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it the largest yacht race of its kind in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.

 

Competitors come from all over Great Britain, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron ‘line’ in Cowes, the massive fleet, often flying brightly coloured spinnakers, races westabout to The Needles, around St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

 

For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.

(separate vantage point list/map http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=rir14&ui=rir4&style=std&override=&section=race&page=course )   http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk

Media enquiries: Peta Stuart-Hunt, ISC Race Press Officer | 07711 477707

 

 

Splice the mainbrace: for the Isle of Wight’s “Festival of the Sea”

The Isle of Wight is once again ready to “splice the mainbrace” – as the Island prepares to celebrates its maritime history, heritage and holiday appeal at the second annual Festival of the Sea in June.

The inaugural event was staged last year as an end-of-term extravaganza for visitors who were able to visit the Island outside of the busy summer season.  But it will drop anchor this year on June 16th – as the last of the Isle of Wight Festival revellers return to the mainland, and as the Island attempts to keep the party spirit alive for another full week.

Now scheduled to run from Monday June 16th to Monday 23rd, the Festival of the Sea has also announced its very own headline act – The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race organised by the Island Sailing Club and which takes place on Saturday, June 21st.

That race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats, and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world, and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Thousands of people will once again be flocking to the Island this June, to watch or take part in one of the largest yacht races in the world which will feature some of the country’s top sailors, including America’s Cup Winner and four-time Olympic gold medalist, Sir Ben Ainslie.

The Festival of the Sea will be anchored by headline events – such as the Round the Island Race, and the Red Funnel Cowes Food Festival and Cookery Theatre in Cowes Yacht Haven over the weekend of June 21st and 22nd – and will also include sea shanties, sunset cruises, beach art displays, fishing, food-tastings and sailing lessons.

A host of other events and activities around the Island have been brought under the Isle of Wight Festival of the Sea’s mainsail, and appear on the Visit Isle of Wight website www.visitisleofwight.co.uk

The Festival will embrace the fact that the Isle of Wight currently has the highest amount of award winning beaches in the country, with four Blue Flag beaches and 13 Seaside Awards, giving a total of 17 awards.  But a major part of this year’s Festival will also be to encourage visitors to book holidays or short-breaks which coincide with some of the events, and to enjoy the ever-changing coastal views from a vast range of hotels, B&Bs and campsites all around the Island.

Places such as the amazing Beach House, on Seagrove Bay in Seaview, for example, with direct access to the beach: http://www.wightlocations.co.uk/cottage-details/seaview-the-beach-house at £3,500 for the week.  Or, The Glass House, in Cowes, http://www.islandcottageholidays.com/isleofwight/cottages/glasshouse/ with its unrivaled sea views (£1,750 for the week).

Similar ‘top tips’ include Old Mill Park http://www.oldmill.co.uk/ (£485 from Saturday 14th to 21st); The Seaview Hotel (http://www.seaviewhotel.co.uk/) (from £145 per night for two people B&B); and The Hambrough Hotel (http://www.thehambrough.com/the-hambrough/hambrough) (from £150 per night for two people, B&B).

Tom’s Eco Lodge (http://tomsecolodge.com), meanwhile, has a 15%discount for a 4-night glamping stay between June 16th and 20th, at £400.

And with three cross-Solent ferry operators – Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel – getting across to the Island for the Festival of the Sea couldn’t be easier.

Anyone who books travel with Hovertravel from Southsea to Portsmouth before June 8th for travel between June 16th and 23rd, for example, can gain a 50% discount on a Day return or Period return, booking online with the promotional code HTFOS14 http://www.hovertravel.co.uk/.

Visitors can also take advantage of Wightlink’s Spring Special Offer and save 20% on all economy fares when travelling from Lymington to Yarmouth.  To book a Festival of the Sea adventure, quote discount code MP14WRS (online) or call 0871 376 1000.   Terms and conditions apply, see website for full details http://www.wightlink.co.uk/offers/spring-day-trips.

Red Funnel, meanwhile, will be offering a two for £12 Red Jet offer to anyone who visits over the weekend of 21/22 June – giving visitors the chance to see the festivities taking place in-and-around Cowes during the Festival of the Sea at value-for-money prices http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/.

For further details of these and all other accommodation on the Isle of Wight at the time of the Festival of the Sea, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.

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For further information, please contact:

Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672

E-mail: sue@visitwight.co.uk

Notes to editors:

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org

The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

Held on the longest day this year,  Saturday 21st June, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it the largest yacht race of its kind in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.

Competitors come from all over Great Britain, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron ‘line’ in Cowes, the massive fleet, often flying brightly coloured spinnakers, races westabout to The Needles, around St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.

(separate vantage point list/map http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk/web/code/php/main_c.php?map=rir14&ui=rir4&style=std&override=&section=race&page=course )   http://www.roundtheisland.org.uk