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This calendar shows all events known to the SBA
- however the SBA accepts no responsibility for the veracity of information about events organised by other organisations.


Future events

    • 03 Jun 2022
    • 07:30
    • 06 Jun 2022
    • 19:00
    • Loch Ard
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    This event is planned to cover at least 4 days starting on Friday 3rd June at The Falkirk Wheel.  The President's Rally is on Saturday the 4th June at Loch Ard. Followed by 2 days exploring Loch Lomond.

    3rd June: Explore and travel on The Falkirk Wheel then steam along  the Forth and Union Canal.

    4th June: MAIN  EVENT:  The President's Rally on Loch Ard. 

    5th & 6th June:  Early start Sunday morning towing our boats to Loch Lomond and launch at The Loch Lomond Sailing Club (LLSC) just north of Balmaha at Millarrochy Bay.

    Sunday cruise south to Balloch for  a tour round paddle steamer  'The  Maid of the Loch', presently on its slipway under restoration.  The steam driven Winch House is a restored museum piece in its own right. BBQ on Sunday evening at LLSC.

    Monday: cruise down to the island of Inchmurrin for lunch. Explore some of the other islands before returning to LLSC and hauling out.

    You are invited to join any or all of our activities.

    Contact event coordinator Adrian (adrian@adriangreco.com)

    • 10 Jun 2022
    • 13 Jun 2022
    • Mylor Yacht Harbour
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    Fal Steamboat Rally 2022

    REGISTRATION now RE-OPENED 

    Three spaces have just become available but please note: ACCOMMODATION MUST BE ARRANGED BEFORE WE CAN ACCEPT REGISTRATIONS

    Please contact Alan Davis, link below.  


    This year’s SW rally has moved to Mylor Yacht Harbour

    The Rally will run from Friday 10th June to Monday 13th

    with the option to extend berthing if individuals desire.

    A wonderful opportunity to explore the beautiful Fal estuary in company  

    for more information please email Alan Davis

     

    • 12 Jun 2022
    • 17 Jun 2022
    • Windermere
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    Roger will host his usual rally again this summer. All steamboats (and their crews) are welcome. If you are interested, please let him know by post or phone, but also register here and I (Roger Calvert) will attempt to keep track of things.

    More information from any local steam boater - e.g. me.



    Event type 3

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only

    • 26 Jun 2022
    • 01 Jul 2022
    • Windermere
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    Advance notice: The Windermere Rally will be held between Sunday 26 June 2022 and Friday 1 July 2022 when we will be returning to Broad Leys, the home of some 31 previous Windermere Rallies. For those members not familiar with Broad Leys it is a wonderful Voysey house with extended lake frontage and mooring. Accommodation at Broad Leys is available. They have a  selection of rooms available all at very competitive prices for which early booking direct with Broad Leys is essential. A very full and varied week of activities has already been confirmed with various organisations around the lake .

    Launching, mooring, car and trailer parking are all free at Broad Leys and with the extensive jetties they can easily cater for about 25 average sized boats mooring alongside.

    Please  indicate your interest by preferably registering on line, or contacting Malcolm Proud direct - malcolm_proud@btopenworld.com 
    This is only an expression of interest. You will need to REGISTER FULLY at a LATER DATE on the information which will be sent to you by Malcolm.

    The organisers are delighted to be returning to Broad Leys and we are very enthusiastic at the support being offered by the new management there. The earlier date for the rally should avoid the bulk of the tourist season making for an even better experience.

    Event type 1

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only

    • 07 Jul 2022
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • Sankey Marina
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    Evesham River Festival

    Rally wrapped around the Festival on Saturday 9th July

    Still very much in the planning 

    The SBA rally hopes to run from Thursday pm until Sunday pm

    Organiser Felicity Palmer


    • 07 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 - 16:00
    • Stoke Lock, River Wey
    • 16
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    Get Your Feet Wet!

    In the SBA and looking towards buying or building a steamboat?


    For a second year running, if you are currently boat-free but would like not to be, this newly launched event is in Guildford on Thursday 7th July.  It will be inexpensive, will be for a maximum of 20 people and will be highly informative and hands-on, with time on the water and the opportunity enjoy operating small marine steam plants of different kinds.

                  

    We have been granted permission by the National Trust to mount a special day immediately before ‘Puffing a-Wey’ for people who want to explore steamboating in practical detail: called ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ There will be three or four boats with different kinds of steam plant in attendance and some informed owners.

    The day will run from basic description (‘how it works’) to ‘how to operate it’ from launch through flash-up to steaming on the river and recovery.

    Location:  The River Wey Stoke Lock in North Guildford.

    Timing:   We will gather for 10am in the lock boatyard where cars can be parked.  We will aim to finish between 4 & 5pm.

    With several boats to look at and tinker with we will go into as much (reasonable) detail as attendees wish. Things might go interestingly wrong too – in which case there will be opportunity to solve challenges that arise, as sometimes they can. The organisers will welcome young or old and all we ask is that attendees be able and happy to clamber around on small boats and close to water. They will get their hands dirty and for that reason we suggest that they don’t wear their Sunday best! We can supply coffee and tea for lubrication purposes from our Windermere kettles, but packed lunches should be brought.

    Please register – and further details will be provided when we know who is coming. Remember, this event has to be for a limited number only and is strictly ‘first come, first served’.   If you want to talk to someone about ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ give Mark Rudall or Ian Bucknall a call.

    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 10:00
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • 17:00
    • Guildford
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    SBA members will be delighted that the National Trust has approved initial plans for Puffing a-Wey to be held once again at Dapdune Wharf in central Guildford on the weekend 8, 9 and 10th July.  

           

    The National Trust is very generously offering us the opportunity to use their facilities (they actually own this navigation!) and even to camp on site as before, if we so wish. Furthermore, this rally is effectively a free one – a rare gift these days – the only charge being for the barbecue.

    For those who don’t know it, Dapdune Wharf is a NT property, well-hidden behind the town’s cricket ground. It’s a little bit of rural riverside in the midst of busy Guildford. A lovely place, it was historically the administrative and boatbuilding centre when the Wey and Godalming Navigations were privately owned commercial waterways.

          

    Are you a currently boatless SBA member? If so, would this linked event also appeal to you?

    On Thursday 7th we also have permission to mount a special day at Stoke Lock  for people who want to explore steamboating: called ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ there will be three or four boats in attendance and some informed owners.
    (This event was a great success when held for the first time in 2021)

    Those who choose to come will pay a nominal sum for a hands-on day that runs from basic description (‘how it works’) to ‘how to operate it’ from launch through flash-up to steaming on the river and haul out. We will be putting the word out on the steam networks and will impose a maximum take up of, say 20. 

    Look out for the separate SBA event listing “Get Your Feet Wet” for further details and registration: first come first served!

                                                                                       
    Outline programme for Puffing a-Wey

    Friday – is Launch Day at Dapdune – with time, if you wish, for a bit of a steam up or down the river.

    It’s important to be aware that only on Friday (8th)  can we launch at Dapdune, when we have the full run of the boatyard and slip for the day.  If you want to be at the event but can’t launch on Friday, it’s absolutely fine to arrive on Saturday but because canoes and other non-SBA people are using the Dapdune slip on that day Saturday arrivals must launch and store trailers at Stoke Lock (pictured left) in North Guildford. This is hardly a disadvantage as it’s only a short run up river to Dapdune (no locks) and the slip at Stoke also has a dead straight approach, is perfectly graded and ideal for bigger boats anyway.

    Friday evening eating: we fend for ourselves. We’re slap in the middle of Guildford which has some great eating places.

    Saturday: event day at Dapdune

    The main day: we are asked to pootle around in the Dapdune and central Guildford area so we can be seen and provide atmosphere for visitors to the centre. This is a very small price to pay for the free facilities we are enjoying care of the NT. We won’t be permitted to take random visitors aboard, so our main role is simply to be ‘around’ and be seen while enjoying ourselves and the company of each other.

    Saturday evening eating: We will have a barbecue at Dapdune 

    Sunday: go for a cruise to Godalming… if you wish!

    Sunday is a free day to enjoy the river and haul out when you wish. If you want to, you can stay over until Monday and leave then.

    Puffing a-Wey is a shared NT/SBA event so as we work up more detailed plans with our NT colleagues, we will share them with you. 

    So please register for the event so that Ian Bucknall and Mark Rudall will be able to share more details with you.


    • 15 Jul 2022
    • 17 Jul 2022
    • Bristol Floating Harbour
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    Steamboats @ Bristol Harbour Festival – it’s FREE!




    Welcome to the Steamboat element of the Bristol Harbour Festival – we look forward to seeing old hands and new faces. The format will be much the same as previous years – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

    The exciting news this year is that the Harbour Master has generously agreed to buy us some 'coal' but, as most of you will know, our favourite is unlikely to be available and so I have asked him to provide some 'Eco-coal' so come and experiment with what may well become our future fuel.

    I should also mention that this will be the 50th Anniversary of the Bristol Harbour Festival (I seem to remember another 50th recently???) and so it is planning to outdo itself this time.

    Oh!, I nearly forgot to mention: This is the FREE Regatta - free launching, free harbour dues, free trailer parking, FREE 'COAL', etc.


    The 2022 format will be much the same as previous years with a couple of variations; however, for those with short memories (like me), and those that didn’t attend last year, this is what to expect:


    Friday: Launch (Cottage Pub, Baltic Wharf, Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1 6XG) anytime from about 12h00 onwards. There will be a Harbour Master’s launch to tow you to the berth (about 1200m away from the slip), so no need to get up steam on Friday. Please load your ‘ready use’ ECO-coal (i.e. to last you for the duration of the Festival) whilst waiting to launch – there will almost certainly be an excess and so you will be able to collect an extra bag or two to take home with you at pull out time.

    Those that have signed up (and paid!) will get together for a communal evening meal at The Bear at Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4SF. (marked on map) from about 19h00 to eat at 19h30. Cash bar. Parking can be in short supply near the pub but there are a number of spaces directly outside - first come, first served.


    Saturday: You are at liberty to steam around the festival site (except as commanded by the Harbour Authorities whilst other ‘spectacles’ take place) plus we will have 1, maybe 2, coordinated ‘Steam Processions’, with live PA commentary, through the day – a great chance to show off, especially our whistles and sirens. These processions are where we earn our keep, so to speak, and whilst participation is not obligatory they are both good fun and our way of saying ‘Thank You’ to the Festival for their generous hospitality. The Processions will be ‘topped and tailed’ by Harbour Launches so it is a really easy case of ‘follow my leader’. Would those of you that want to promote your boat let me have some ‘blurb’ for the commentator to use – interesting snippets about the boat over and above the basic length, engine and boiler specs are good. We are, again, promised to be featured in the Harbour Festival Programme and I don’t know how much they will print but I will let them have all that you let me have – info sooner rather than later please.

    Saturday evening – Meal - venue yet to be determined. This MUST be pre-booked in advance. 


    Sunday: Lazy steam-up (10h00ish) and one procession through the Festival but, instead of turning around, we will just keep on going up the harbour/canal/river until we reach the pub (actually two pubs side by side through a lock). This will give you a chance to see where the ‘Floating Harbour’ joins the River Avon, observe some of Bristol’s industrial past (and present) as well as having a nice chug through some pleasant countryside. Lunch can be taken at either pub or onboard before returning via the reciprocal route either straight to pull-out or to another over-night on your berth.


    I will be assisting those going home on Sunday to pull out and suggest that you steam straight to the Cottage Pub slipway and moor up on the dinghy pontoons whilst preparing to pull out. This is when a degree of tact and cooperation is required as there will be a large number of other users all wanting to access the slip at this time. I will try to referee and coordinate with the other ‘team leaders’, but please be patient and cooperative in order to ensure that all goes as smoothly as possible.

     

    I will also be in attendance on Monday morning to assist those of you that are pulling out. In some years we have had more of a ‘traffic jam’ at the slip on Monday than we had on Sunday afternoon, so please note the comments above and I am sure it will all go ‘swimmingly’.

     

    Any queries, please contact me on 01275 331074 or Mobile: 0790 528 6711 or via email Kevin@ManorFarmEngineering.co.UK
    or snail mail: Manor Farm, Scot Lane, Chew Stoke, BS40 8UW.

     

    We look forward to seeing you all.

    Kevin & Gillie Slater

     

     

    The Member of the SBA coordinating with the Event Organiser is Kevin Slater.

     

    Event type 1 & 2 

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance.

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only


    • 15 Jul 2022
    • 18 Jul 2022
    • Fawley Meadows, Henley-On-Thames, England

    Thames Traditional Boat Festival


    A popular event well worth attending.  Many SBA boats, old and new, qualify to take part.


     Click here for the http://www.tradboatfestival.com/




    Event type 5 at this stage. 

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance.

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only


    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 27 Aug 2022
    • Dartmouth UK
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    SBA Members and Boats are invited to participate in the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta


    http://www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk/


    SBA coordinator is David Biss.


    Event type 2

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Insurance 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for info only      

    Programme TBC

    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • Longridge Water Activity Centre Marlow
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    SBA 51st Anniversary Rally on the

    Thames

    September 10th & 11th

    Enough moorings for 40 Boats

    Possible arrival on Friday afternoon and departure Monday morning 

    Two days steaming on the picturesque reaches of the Thames

    Saturday evening get together and buffet dinner

    Book your space early

    Contact email  Andrew Hopper or phone 01628 526499



    • 10 Sep 2022
    • 11 Sep 2022
    • Shardlow Marina, Derbyshire

    Shardlow inland Port Festival

    invitation to any Steamboat and Members

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/144705997759926/

    If any member would like to take their Steamboat please contact

    shardlowsue@icloud.com


    • 07 Oct 2022
    • 09 Oct 2022
    • Royal Windermere Yacht Club

    The Lay-up Rally will follow a similar pattern to this year - Launch on Friday, North Lake and Jetty Museum on Saturday, South Lake on Sunday.

    Further details in due course. Contact Roger Calvert.

    Some suggestions for accomodation: Accomodation2021.pdf


    Event type 1

    Key to event types

    1 - SBA Organised Event (owner's declaration required)

    2 - SBA organised participation in 3rd party's event (owner's declaration required)

    In event types 1 and 2 the SBA organisers and SBA members are covered by the SBA Liability Insurance; 

    3 - private meeting of members with or without boats

    4 - private, individual participation of members in 3rd party's event

    5 - for information only



    • 13 Oct 2022
    • 16 Oct 2022
    • Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Fosse Way, Nr Leamington Spa, CV31 1XN, England

    Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

    Warwickshire Exhibition Centre

    Leamington Spa England 

    Thursday to Sunday inclusive. 


    https://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/events/midlands-model-engineering-exhibition


    The SBA will be in full evidence and hopefully with a boat for the whole exhibition!


    Any members willing to do a stint on the stand please contact 


    Andrew Hopper