ABP Port of Ipswich invites public to classic boat race


“The Race of the Classics” 2014

A flotilla of 21 classic sailing ships from the Netherlands have made their way into ABP’s Wet Dock at the Port of Ipswich as part of the biggest student sailing competition in Europe. Visitors are invited to watch 'The Race of the Classics,' celebrating the history of the vessels from the morning on Tuesday 4 April until midday, at the Orwell Quay facility in the heart of Ipswich.

This event has been running since 1989 and has been a regular visitor to the port and Ipswich Haven Marina. Weather, tides and the crews ultimately chart the course which starts in Rotterdam and finishes in Amsterdam. This year the fleet of vessels is crewed by around 500 European students.

Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager East Anglia said: "The continued choice of Ipswich as a destination by such a prestigious event in the European sailing calendar further enhances the reputation of the port and town of Ipswich as a magnet for the European sailing community and as a yacht and marina destination.

"It underlines the appeal of the facilities both at the marina, which has five gold anchors, and of the wider port, which is the product of an extensive and ongoing programme of investment by ABP to keep us at the forefront of the industry."

“It is also a fantastic chance for the crews to visit the port and town of Ipswich on a journey of adventure, seafaring and teamwork.”