Bridlington Sailing Coble Festival 2018
August 4 @ 9:00 am - August 5 @ 5:00 pmFree
The third annual ‘Sailing Coble Festival’ will take place at Bridlington over the weekend of 4th-5th August this year. This event is fast becoming a premier attraction on the East Yorkshire coast with many people, fishermen, coblemen and enthusiasts alike, from North Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland making the journey south to view what is a spectacular sight of cobles under sail once again.
Expectations are high that the Festival this year will bring together twelve sailing cobles, the largest gathering in living memory. Visitors to the resort will be given a nostalgic glimpse of days gone by when cobles were a familiar sight sailing out of Bridlington harbour, not only for commercial fishing but also for the holiday trade, when taking passengers for a sail around the Bay was a regular occurrence.
Organised once again by the Bridlington Sailing Coble Preservation Society and The Coble and Keelboat Society, with full co-operation from the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, the Festival will showcase some beautiful examples of this traditional north east coast working boat, the mainstay of the inshore fishing industry for generations. At every port, harbour and coastal village from the Humber to the Tweed, this iconic, open little craft was used for potting, long lining and even trawling during its evolving life. Its origins can in fact be traced back to the Lindisfarne Gospels of around 700 AD.
Already it has been confirmed that Christina from Mevagissey, Avail from Henley on Thames and Grace from Staithes will be joining the six locally based sailing cobles that are berthed in the harbour during the summer months. It is expected that Free Spirit, one of the pair built at Bridlington in 2014 by John Clarkson and Joe Gelsthorpe, will also be under sail during the weekend. Invitations have gone out to a further three sailing coble owners and the Festival organisers are awaiting positive replies.
All the vessels taking part will be moored near the Harbour Heritage Museum, Harbour Road, to give visitors the opportunity to admire the beautiful lines of the cobles at close quarters and chat to the crews. Two periods of sailing are planned for each day, when all the vessels will parade out of the harbour and into the Bay to highlight the grace and serenity of a traditional sailing coble.