Boats in the Bay 2012
Every year Luggers, Jumbo and sailing boats alike meet up in St Ives Bay to open the September festival.
The early arrival of autumn gales, which had already prevented the visiting luggers sailing from Newlyn, together with an appalling forecast pushed the organisers to the brink of cancelling the 6th annual Boats in the Bay event. A last minute change of venue, however, allowed the fish BBQ (courtesy of Matthew Stevens and Son) to go ahead under the cover of the fishermen’s lodges whilst overhead bunting flew horizontally in the near gale last Friday evening.
Meanwhile, addressing a capacity audience in the Guildhall, Jonathan Dimbleby acknowledged the pride in the towns’ maritime heritage and brought the ‘jumbo’ to the nation’s attention as he welcomed Radio 4’s listeners to Any Questions. In the same breath as ‘Hepworth and the Tate,’ the jumbo was acknowledged as an established feature of the town.
By Saturday the weather had improved considerably. Boats in the Bay 2011 proved to be yet another success which, together with the swimming gala, provided a splendid launch for the September Festival.