Gosport Marine Festival is hailed as a success

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Connor Rollason (9) enjoys his kayaking session this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.
Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Connor Rollason (9) enjoys his kayaking session this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.
Haverhill's Family Christmas Night (as pictured from last year) takes place on Friday, December 1. Picture by Andy Mayes.

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HUNDREDS of people took the chance to try watersports at the first ever Gosport Marine Festival.

Visitors were able go sailing, kayaking and enjoy entertainment at the event, which was held at Haslar Marina and Gosport’s waterfront.

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Sailing instructor Richard Baker-Jones, far right, steers a group of junior sailors back into Haslar Marina after their sailing session this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Sailing instructor Richard Baker-Jones, far right, steers a group of junior sailors back into Haslar Marina after their sailing session this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.

Gosport Borough Council Councillor John Beavis was chair of the organising committee for the festival.

He said: ‘It’s just brilliant to see so many people enjoying themselves.

‘The Gosport peninsula has so much to offer

‘I’ve spoken to lots of people who have never been on a boat before but have tried out sailing or kayaking today.

Sea cadets relax with ice creams this afternoon on the jeyyty at Haslar Marina during Gosport Marine Festival

Sea cadets relax with ice creams this afternoon on the jeyyty at Haslar Marina during Gosport Marine Festival

‘The look on the children’s faces when they come back in is worth every bit of effort our team of volunteers has put in to bring this together.’

Haslar Marina manager Ben Lippiett said: ‘It’s been fabulous seeing so many kids getting the opportunity to get out on the water that may not otherwise have been able to do so.

‘We couldn’t be more thrilled with how it’s gone today.’

There was also a Float Show which included historic and performance vessels such as the Gosport-built Gypsy Moth IV, which was the 
yacht in which Sir Francis Chichester became the first man to sail solo around the world.

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Round the World Yachtsman Alex Thomson and his son Oscar Thomson are photographed with sea cadets this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Round the World Yachtsman Alex Thomson and his son Oscar Thomson are photographed with sea cadets this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.

Lucy Gross, from the Gosport-based Association of Sail Training Organisations, said she was delighted maritime groups including Ocean Youth Trust South, Discovery Sailing Project and Rona Sailing Project were there offering free taster sessions.

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Visitors take a look around the boats in Haslar Marina including, left, the Clipper round the world race yacht, Great Britain, this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.

Matt Scott-Joynt 13/06/15 - Visitors take a look around the boats in Haslar Marina including, left, the Clipper round the world race yacht, Great Britain, this morning at Gosport Marine Festival.