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Check out the Old Gaffers Festival on the Isle of Wight

Fri 19 Apr 2013

Check out the Old Gaffers Festival on the Isle of Wight

Next month will see the return of the Old Gaffers Festival to the Isle of Wight, with the event the perfect choice for lovers of all things nautical.

The 17th Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival will be taking place from May 31st to June 3rd and will feature an array of entertainment for visitors, including live music, street performers, a number of exciting races and much more.

A great day out - or full weekend if you prefer - for all the family, the organisers are putting on a range of amenities to keep the crowds happy, such as a real ale tent, plenty of local cuisine, a flower festival and even a display of classic cars.

The Regular Joes, The Tootsie Rollers and Mr B - the Gentleman Rhymer will be topping the bill of acts, while a Surfin' Safari Night is set to take place on the Saturday from 18:30 BST.

Gaff-rigged vessels will be filling the harbour for the duration of the weekend, with many taking to the waters of The Solent for time trials, head-to-head events and other forms of competition that will surely draw in the crowds.

Meanwhile, stalls are to be set up on the green and in the square of Yarmouth, with festivalgoers being offered a range of local treats and delicacies.

May will also witness the annual Sprint 15 Catamaran National Sailing Event at the Yaverland Sailing and Boat Club on the 17th and 18th of the month.

Events will get underway each day at 10:00 BST, with entrants battling it out in a range of classes to be crowned this year's champion.

The Sprint 15 - formerly the Dart 15 - vessel features a 4.54 m hull with 6.7 m mast and is designed specifically for racing, first taking to the waters in 1979.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801574504-ADNFCR

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