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Temporary bridge across Sutton Harbour to open next month

25th May 2018

A temporary walkway is opening across Sutton Harbour Lock to help people cross the harbour while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.

People will be able to use a new walkway across the inner lock gates for short periods of time in the day, depending on waiting marine traffic, tides and freeflow times, to cross from the historic Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter and to visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.  This temporary walkway will be in addition to the option of catching the daily Sutton Harbour Ferry Service or walking around East Quay and North Quay, which form the City Quarter and Leisure Quarter of Sutton Harbour.

The temporary solution will not be suitable for small children, pushchairs, prams, bicycles, wheelchairs or anyone with mobility issues, as it involves steps and a narrow, single-file, adapted path crossing the industrial inner lock gates, which were not designed for pedestrian use.

It is hoped that the temporary walkway, when combined with the daily ferry service and the short walking route around the harbour, will make it easier for people to journey across Sutton Harbour while work continues to progress permanent repairs to the footbridge.

Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “I’m thrilled to have approved this plan to create a temporary walkway across Sutton Lock to make it easier for people to cross the harbour, and to support the key businesses in Plymouth which rely on this route. Getting action on this has been an early priority for the new council.

“We are working hard to get everything in place so the walkway can open in an estimated three weeks’ time, whilst we push forward on progressing permanent repairs to the footbridge. I am keen to see the Sutton Harbour footbridge reopen for the benefit of Britain’s Ocean City as a whole and want to see the repairs start as soon as possible with no further delays.”

Permission to use the interior lock gates for a temporary new walkway has been granted by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and public liability insurances are being put in place. Infrastructure such as new fencing will now be ordered, and trained marshals will be hired to help manage the crossings. It is hoped the walkway can open in three weeks’ time if preparatory work completes as planned.

The temporary walkway will only be able to open for pedestrians when the lock gates are closed and no vessels are waiting to come through the lock into Sutton Harbour; should boats arrive and need to use the lock, the walkway will have to close, and people may face waits of up to 30-40 minutes on either side for it to reopen. The walkway may also need to close for tidal and other operational issues.

No official times for the walkway opening periods can be scheduled as a result of the lock having to remain active for marine traffic as it is required, but notice boards and signs will be installed on both sides of the harbour to let people know the time of the next expected crossing. Each crossing will be one-way only, as the pathway is too narrow for more than one person at a time to use it, and people will need to wait at holding points by West Pier and Rockfish restaurant until the gates are fully closed and secured.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master for Sutton Harbour, said: “We appreciate that the Sutton Harbour footbridge being out of action causes a major inconvenience for people living and working locally, as well as for visitors to the harbour, and we are working closely with the city council and Environment Agency to expedite repairs, as well as to offer people other ways of crossing the harbour, such as funding the set-up of the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service, and subsiding this over the school holidays. People will now have a third option with the temporary walkway open across the back lock gates which should help in the interim.

“We’d advise that this may involve a wait, as naturally we have to prioritise letting fishing boats through the lock to unload their catch, as well as leisure boats needing to come in and out of Sutton Harbour, but we will make waiting times clear and people will have the option of using this temporary walkway to cross directly if they would like to, rather than catching the ferry or walking around the harbour.”

Mitch Tonks, owner of the Rockfish restaurant chain, said: “This is fantastic news and we are really happy that people will have an easier way to visit Rockfish from the historic Barbican side of the harbour while we wait for the bridge repairs to complete. We will have staff leading people across and providing information on access timings, and our ice cream kiosk, take away and outside seating area will be available for people using the temporary access.”

Roger Maslin, Chief Executive Officer at the National Marine Aquarium, said: “We’re very happy that this temporary walkway has been agreed and will soon be available to make it easier for people to visit the aquarium, along with the daily ferry service. We are working with Rockfish and the city council’s events team to help promote this route and will help to make it clear when the opening times will be on a daily basis, as well as to offer fun and engaging activities on both sides of the harbour for people waiting to cross the temporary walkway.”

It is hoped that permanent repairs to the pedestrian footbridge will complete in time for the bridge to reopen during the autumn. Delays have been caused to the original timescale because the repair is a highly complex process owing to the bespoke nature of the footbridge, and a new bearing has to be manufactured especially for the bridge turntable.

Specialist manufacturers have advised that the design and production process can take up to six months before the new bearing can be fitted.

An agreement was reached in December 2017 between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc to repair the custom-built footbridge, and these repairs are being commissioned by Plymouth City Council.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour. The lock gates themselves remain fully operational, and must do so to enable fishing boats and leisure boats to access the harbour.

Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment Agency continue to meet monthly to discuss the progress of repairs, along with key tenants such as the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant, and to ensure the process is expedited.

The Sutton Harbour Ferry Service is operating daily between Lockyers Quay and Barbican West Pier, subsidised by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc during peak school holiday periods, and the ticket price is refunded for customers when they visit the NMA café or shop, or eat at Rockfish.

Daily updates on operating times for the ferry, which is run by Silverline Cruises, are available at the ferry’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SuttonHarbourFerry

A walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail, with a one-mile footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay.

Sutton Harbour Footbridge

30th April 2018

Work to repair the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge is progressing and it is anticipated the bridge could be ready to reopen during the autumn.

An agreement was reached in December 2017 between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc to repair the custom-built footbridge, which crosses Sutton Lock, and these repairs are being commissioned by Plymouth City Council.

It was initially hoped repairs would complete by the end of summer 2018 but because the repair is a highly complex process owing to the bespoke nature of the footbridge, a new bearing has to be manufactured especially for the bridge turntable. There are only two specialist contractors worldwide capable of providing the specific bearing required, and they have advised that the manufacture process can take at least six months before the new bearing can be fitted.

The council’s engineering officers have liaised with contractors and overseen an initial review of the footbridge to assess the loadings required. It is hoped the new bearing will have a much longer lifespan than previous bearings.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour. The lock gates themselves remain fully operational.

Plymouth City Council, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment Agency are meeting monthly to discuss the progress of repairs, along with key tenants such as the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant, and to ensure the process is expedited. Temporary solutions to help people cross the harbour while the footbridge is closed are being discussed at the same time, and all potential options explored.

As part of the temporary solution, a daily ferry service is already operational between Lockyers Quay and Barbican West Pier with the Sutton Harbour Ferry, subsidised by Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, enabling people to journey between the Barbican Quarter and the Fishing Quarter to visit venues like the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant more easily.

The ticket price is refunded for customers visiting both venues when they visit the NMA café or shop, or eat at Rockfish.

Daily updates on operating times for the ferry, which is run by Silverline Cruises, are available via a new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SuttonHarbourFerry

A walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail, with a one-mile footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay (see map below).

 

Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Agreement brokered by Council leader and local MP for repairs to Sutton Harbour Footbridge

6th December 2017

Sutton Harbour Street Bridge

An agreement has been brokered between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc for repairs to enable the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge to re-open.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer and MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Luke Pollard brokered the agreement between Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment Agency to repair the custom-built footbridge, which connects the Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter of Sutton Harbour where the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant are based.

The footbridge has been closed since the spring following a failure of the bridge turntable. Under an agreement dating back to 1998, the management and maintenance responsibilities for the lock gates and the footbridge are shared between the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc. The bridge crosses Sutton Lock, and is an integral part of the lock gate system, which is designed to act as a vital flood defence measure, protecting homes and businesses in Sutton Harbour, Barbican, Coxside, Bretonside and surrounding areas from high tides.

Engineering reports commissioned by the Environment Agency earlier this year following the breakdown found the bearing in the bridge turntable had failed, and new parts will need to be manufactured in order to repair the mechanism.

Plymouth City Council convened a special meeting to find a solution to the issue of bringing the bridge back into use as a key pedestrian link, and agree a timetable for work to take place. The Council has offered to act as an intermediary to commission work to repair the bridge. Plymouth Waterfront Partnership has also offered support.

Leader of the Council Ian Bowyer said: “Sutton Harbour is a huge draw for both tourists and local people and ensuring businesses can trade here successfully is a key priority for the Council.

“The broken footbridge has been a concern for many months and I am pleased that we have been able to find a way forward for its repair.

“We appreciate it could be a complex repair and there are longer term issues to be addressed, but we needed to push on with a resolution for the city, for the local businesses and for the people who use this great route to and from the city centre and the historic Barbican Quarter.

“We will be working with both parties to avoid this situation happening again. This is not the end of the process but it is certainly a huge step in the right direction.”

Jason Schofield, Chief Executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “We are keen to see the Sutton Harbour footbridge brought back into service as quickly as possible for both people who live and work locally and visitors to Plymouth to use, as well as for the benefit of local businesses.

“We are very pleased that an agreement in principle has been brokered between ourselves, the Environment Agency and Plymouth City Council, so we can now work towards re-opening this important pedestrian link”

Luke Pollard, Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, said:

“The footbridge is an essential lifeline for Rockfish and the National Marine Aquarium and it needs to be repaired and re-opened swiftly.

“I have been speaking with Sutton Harbour Holdings and the Environment Agency for many weeks trying to find a solution and am pleased that it has been possible to bring everyone together to agree a plan of action. I want to thank the Council for working so hard to find a solution. It will still take time for the bridge to be repaired but I am pleased there is now a clear and agreed way forward that all parties are able to get behind.”

The Council will now begin a process to commission repairs to the existing footbridge. The scale and timescales for the repairs is not yet known as the work has to be scoped in detail and tendered although it is hoped that it will be completed next Summer.

Busy first week for Sutton Harbour Ferry Service

10th July 2017

A new water ferry service in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour welcomed more than 1,500 people aboard during its first week of operation.

The service launched on July 1st and is running in Sutton Harbour for the summer months during peak visitor season, linking the historic Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter whilst the pedestrian footbridge is closed for essential repairs.

Visitors to Britain’s Ocean City and local commuters alike have been using the ferry service, which will be in operation for an initial 10 week period to help people cross the harbour and reach key tenant businesses on Plymouth’s waterfront, including the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant. Both venues are offering to discount the cost of the ferry tickets from customers’ bills in the restaurant, NMA shop and cafe.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “We are delighted with how well the Sutton Harbour Ferry Service has been received in its first week of operation, and hope the public continue to use the service during the summer season whilst the bridge is out of action for necessary repairs. We will continue to work with some of our key tenant businesses on Plymouth’s waterfront during this time to help bring people over to the Fishing Quarter to visit venues like the NMA and Rockfish more easily.”

Mitch Tonks, owner of the Rockfish restaurant chain, said: “It has been great to see the ferry in operation this week bringing people over whilst the bridge is closed, especially during the sunshine and as we hit peak summer season. We will continue to take off the cost of the ferry for all customers who present a valid ticket when dining with us.”

The service has been organised in collaboration with key tenant businesses as an interim measure to help people make their way across the harbour whilst the footbridge over Sutton Lock is closed for the coming months.

Mark Du’chesne, General Manager at the National Marine Aquarium, commented: “The school holidays are our busiest time of year at the National Marine Aquarium, so we are thrilled that Sutton Harbour Holdings plc has come together so quickly with local tourism partners to put on this essential ferry service. The crossing has already received a fantastic reception and we look forward to welcoming both the local community and tourists over the summer months, who will be able to take full advantage of exclusive on-board offers.”

The ferry is available from 9.30am – 7pm, Monday to Sunday, during the busy summer season.

The service, which is operated by local firm Silverline Cruises, has a small charge of £1 per person each way or £1.50 return, and children under 5 travel for free.

The Sutton Lock pedestrian footbridge remains closed to the public for the coming months whilst further testing is undertaken by Environment Agency engineers to rule out all potential causes for the bridge fault.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of the installation of the Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk and allow marine traffic, such as fishing boats, to enter Sutton Harbour. The lock gates themselves remain operational.

An alternative walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail with a footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay (see map below).

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Ferry service

Sutton Harbour Footbridge

2nd June 2017

The Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge will remain closed for the coming months following confirmation from engineers appointed by the Environment Agency that the bridge turntable has failed and will need to be replaced.

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is working closely with Plymouth City Council and key tenant businesses on the waterfront to explore interim measures to help people make their way from the historic Barbican Quarter of Sutton Harbour to the Fishing Quarter whilst essential repairs are carried out.

Engineers from the EA have been on site for the last four weeks to carry out thorough testing of the bridge’s turntable assembly, bearings and foundations to establish the exact cause of the mechanical fault which developed in April.

The bridge was fitted more than 20 years ago as part of Sutton Harbour lock gates, whose main function is to manage any flood risk. It has been necessary to close the footbridge to the public whilst tests are carried out to ensure the ongoing safe operation of the lock gates for all marine traffic, such as fishing boats.

This week, engineers confirmed the bridge turntable assembly has failed and will need to be replaced, along with a series of other necessary repairs which it is hoped will provide greater longevity to the bridge’s operation in the future. Further testing will be carried out this week and next week to ensure all other potential causes for the bridge fault can be ruled out.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “We have met with the city council, the Environment Agency and some of our key tenants, including the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish, so everybody could be updated on the latest situation and discussed ways we all may be able to help support any local businesses affected by the bridge closure.

“We are awaiting further testing by EA engineers to rule out any other failings in the bridge mechanisms and will then plan a repair programme to replace the turntable which has failed.

“In the meantime, we are actively exploring a number of potential options to help members of the public travel from the historic Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter on the opposite side of Sutton Harbour, where the NMA and Rockfish are located, whilst the bridge remains out of action over the coming months.”

An alternative walking route around the harbour from the National Marine Aquarium, Rockfish and Harbour Car Park to Sutton Harbour’s historic Barbican Quarter, which includes the Mayflower Steps, is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail with a footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay (see map below).

 

Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Major £100K upgrade for prime Plymouth city centre car park

27th March 2017

One of Plymouth’s main city centre car parks has undergone a £100,000 makeover to make it safer and more user-friendly with brighter, eco-friendly LED lighting installed.

Lockyers Quay Car Park

The Harbour Car Park in Lockyers Quay is a 340-space multi-storey car park regularly used by visitors to the adjacent National Marine Aquarium in Sutton Harbour, as well as people heading for the nearby Barbican Leisure Park in Coxside, or visiting the Barbican via the Sutton Harbour lock bridge.

Owner Sutton Harbour Holdings plc has invested £70,000 in installing a sustainable LED lighting system at the long-stay car park to make the facility much brighter in the evenings and improve safety conditions, as well as reducing energy use.

A further £20,000 has been spent on larger, clearer signage, including bright, colourful, fish-themed signs for each level to help people remember where they parked their car. The remaining investment has funded an updated payment machine system which will be easier for motorists to use, as well as the cost of repainting areas of the car park with bright white reflective paint.

Lockyers Quay Car Park

Paul James, Asset Manager for Sutton Harbour Holdings plc, said: “The Harbour Car Park is well used by people visiting the aquarium as well as the cinema and the Barbican Leisure Park, and people often park here then cross the lock bridge to reach the Barbican area of Sutton Harbour or the city centre on foot.

“We felt it was a priority to ensure the facility was as welcoming and safe an environment as possible, especially given that the car park remains open until 11.30pm each night, so we invested in a brighter LED lighting system and will be redecorating using bright white reflective paint. This is a very environmentally-friendly approach with reduced carbon emissions due to more efficient lights which will ultimately decrease the amount of electricity consumed.

Lockyers Quay Car Park

“In addition there are newly painted columns within the car park and clearer signs for each parking level, as well as at the entrance, and bright, colourful signs on each floor with fish designs which are fun for children and families using the car park, and link up to the aquarium next door. New payment machines will operate a vehicle registration recognition system, which we hope will be easier and more straightforward for people to use.”

The new payment machines will accept card, cash and pay-by-phone payments.

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc also owns a 51-space surface car park on Lambhay Hill on the Barbican side of Sutton Harbour, and both facilities are managed for the company by Britannia Parking Limited, a specialist parking agency.

The Harbour Car Park is open every day from 6.30am until 11.30pm, and from 8.30am-11.30pm on Sundays.

Lock Bridge and Harbour Car Park

12th December 2016

Christmas partygoers visiting the Barbican area of Sutton Harbour in Plymouth are reminded that the Sutton Harbour lock bridge closes during the winter at 11pm.

The Harbour Car Park in Lockyers Quay remains open until 11.30pm every night, and is positioned between the National Marine Aquarium alongside the Sutton Harbour lock bridge, and the Barbican Leisure Park at Coxside – which houses the Vue cinema.

For more information about parking and attractions in Sutton Harbour, visit here for parking or here for attractions, or follow Sutton Harbour on Facebook.

Make the Classic Boat Rally a visit to remember

28th July 2016

The first Classic Boat Rally was held in Plymouth in1988 and rapidly became a significant event in the national boating calendar drawing entrants from across the UK and overseas visitors from Germany and Brittany. In 2006 Sutton Harbour began to host the event and this year it celebrates 10 years in this natural waterfront amphitheatre-like harbour.

Every year the event attracts much attention from all aspects of the media with local BBC and ITV networks setting up camp at the Rally and broadcasting live. That attention results in thousands of visitors to the historic Sutton Harbour and the adjacent old Barbican area of Plymouth.

But no longer is it simply about the boats and their visiting crews. The event has extended onto the ancient cobbles and now plays host to shoreside activity that can entertain all members of the family for hours on end. Here is a taster of what is to come – and some ideas to make the very most of your visit to the Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally…….

Tall Ship Nao Victoria…

The star attraction at the weekend-long event will be the Nao Victoria, an exact replica of the first ship to ever sail around the world. The Nao Victoria is making her first ever visit to the UK to berth in Sutton Harbour for three weeks this summer, and is arriving just before the 29th annual rally takes place.

  1. She is one of the most famous ships in history of navigation.
  2. The Nao Victoria was the first vessel to successfully circumnavigate the globe in 1522 as part of Magellans Expedition. The Spanish carrack set sail from Seville on 10 August 10, 1519 as one of five ships in the expedition, which aimed to find a new westbound route to reach the ‘Spice Islands’ – now known as Indonesia. Three years on, the Victoria was the only ship to return to Spain. The remaining 18-man crew on board were unaware they had completed the first ever round-the-world voyage.
  3. The 27-metre long, three-masted replica is an exact copy of the 16th century original with four decks, 290 square metres of sail, and a main beam measuring 6.7 metres.
  4. Watch a film of her here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymQhiSK9GFU 

Visitors will be able to board the Nao Victoria from 10am until 7pm every day whilst she is berthed in Sutton Harbour. Tickets will cost £4 for adults, £2 for children under 11, and entry is free for children under five. Visit www.fundacionnaovictoria.org for advance bookings.

Entertainment on the cobbles… 

  1. Demonstrations by East Devon crab pot maker Dave French on the quayside by Quay Square. Dave is a fifth generation Withy Pot maker who can trace the making of these pots in his family back by four generations. This 400 year old heritage craft involves producing each pot from willow grown in Somerset, and Dave will demonstrate the techniques involved.
  2. Demonstrations by traditional wooden boat builder Marcus Lewis from Fowey, Cornwall. Marcus builds, restores, repairs and maintains wooden boats working with traditional designs and specialises in the production of wooden masts and spars, including booms, bowsprits, gaffs, sprits and flagpoles. Marcus will be making oars and other pieces on the quayside and talking about his craft.

Music on the Harbourside… 

  1. Sutton Harbour is delighted to welcome Louis Bernard, a 13 year old singer and guitar player from Turnchapel, who uses a loop pedal and effects to produce a unique sound. Recent Gigs have included the Clovelly Bay Cider and Sausage Festival.
  2. 2pm-6pm. Live music, with guests performing from the pontoons adjacent to Capn Jaspers, including:
  3. Michael Campari
  4. Sunnyside Up
  5. Duncan Argyle and Lucy Pell
  6. Andy Brice
  7. Marcus Hicks
  8. Doc Wallace
  9. Karen Howell and Russell Westcott
  10. Doctor Cox and the Fox
  11. Bar Rakuda, The Blues bar and grill, The Live Lounge and The Ship Inn will also host a variety of music over the weekend – follow their social media for updates.

Classic Boats… 

This year, the hugely popular event has an especially strong focus on maritime history, with many of the expected 70 or more boats taking part from July 29th -August 1st being more than 100 years old and featured on the National Register of Historic Ships.

This years rally will feature luggers, schooners, classic sail and motor boats, dingies, gaff rigged boats, pilot cutters, yawls, bermudan rigs, lifeboats and even steamboats.

Special guests include three grand Island Trust Vessels – Tectona, a large ketch built solidly of teak in South India; Pegasus, a replica Bristol Channel pilot cutter, and Moosk, a recently refitted gentlemans cruiser built 100 years ago.

The magnificent Brixham sailing trawler, Vigilance, is joining the rally following a recent restoration of this powerful vessel, which once formed part of the renowned Brixham fishing fleet.

Four retired lifeboats, included on the National Register of Historic Ships, are taking part, along with the first ever visit by steamboats, with the British-built Halcyon and Quetzel, built in 1920 and 1930 respectively, chugging into the harbour.

Visitors to the Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally can enjoy access to the Sutton Harbour Marina pontoons from 10am until 5pm on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st so they can view all of the boats in the rally.

Entry to the pontoons costs £2 for adults, £1 for children, and £2 for a programme, or a family ticket (4 people) including programme is £6. All profits go to the non-profit Plymouth Classic Boat Rally organisation.

To inspire the children…

  1. A traditional fairground carousel in Quay Square
  2. Storytelling shows by Emma Spurgin Hussey of Bedlam Theatre Company, Cornwall. Emmas stories of the Devon and Cornwall coast are packed with piracy and pilchards, celebrating the maritime history of the region, and will be bringing the rally to life as she entertains listeners.
  3. Dressing up is fun when youre in Sutton Harbour! Were known for themed days such as the Plymouth Pirate Weekend. Thats why entertainer Marilyn Grose will be helping you to dress up and get your face painted and you can choose from Pirates to Parrots and everything in between!
  4. Science buskers from the National Marine Aquarium roaming the harbour and quayside area. Watch live experiments and see some marine creatures at close quarters.
  5. Messy Cart offering maritime-themed arts and crafts workshops. Kids can get crafty and enjoy making and decorating wooden sailing boats, layering colourful sea life sand ornaments, decorating nautical bags and painting ceramic boating money boxes.
  6. Busking performances by Louis Bernard. This 13 year old singer and guitar player from Turnchapel uses a loop pedal and effects to produce a unique sound.
  7. Face painting from the Encore team in Quay Square, costing £2 per face.

The Schedule…

Friday 29th July

Arrival of boats throughout the day.

Saturday 30th July

The pontoons will be open to the public from 10.00 until 17.00.

The boats will be dressed overall and at midday will raise their sails and blow their horns. There will be live music on the main pontoon in the afternoon.

Sunday 31st July

Parade of Sail and Power and Racing boats will start to leave the Harbour at 12.00. The parade starts at 13.00 and will sail passed the Citadel and along.

Racing in the Sound starts at 13.45 with staggered starts for each group. The pontoons will again be open to the public from 10.00 until 17.00 and there will music during the afternoon.

Monday 1st August

Racing in the Sound. Boats will leave the Harbour from 12.00 for a staggered starts beginning 13.00.

Find out more about events and entertainments taking place during the Sutton Harbour Plymouth Classic Boat Rally by visiting www.plymouthclassics.org.uk or Sutton Harbours regularly updated website at www.visitsuttonharbour.co.uk

Dont forget to follow @Sutton_Harbour on Twitter or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suttonharbour for live updates.

Hurleys head home to Plymouth this summer

29th March 2016

Dozens of iconic sailing boats designed and built in Plymouth are returning to Britain’s Ocean City this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the line.

The Hurley Owners’ Association is celebrating a half century since the Hurley 18 and 22 were created by staging a weekend-long event in Plymouth called Bring Your Hurley Home from July 22nd-24th.

King Point Marina in Millbay is hosting more than 40 Hurley vessels expected to celebrate the milestone anniversary by taking part in the weekend rally, the highlight of which will be a major social event held at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club on Saturday 23rd July.

The event is being supported by a generous donation of £1,000 from Muse Developments, one of the partners in English Cities Fund (ECf) which is leading the redevelopment of the Millbay area into a vibrant new waterfront quarter for Plymouth.

Stephen Dart from the Hurley Owners’ Association said: “We’re delighted to be staging the Bring Your Hurley Home event this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the new Hurley line here in Plymouth where it all began.

“This will be a free, weekend-long event open to anyone with an interest in the Hurley line of boats, and we are especially keen to make contact with ex-Hurley Marine employees, or anyone who was involved with the creation of Hurley boats during the last 50 years.”

Boats will gather at King Point Marina during the afternoon of July 22nd. There will be a sail-past on Saturday 23rd before the social evening and presentation at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, which itself has close historical links to the line as George Hurley was a keen member of the club, and was presented with a plaque by the club in 1986 to celebrate his retirement.

On Saturday 23rd, organisers hope to gather as many ex-Hurley Marine workers as possible on the balcony of the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club from 12pm until 3pm to witness the sail-past and to chat about old times.

On Sunday 24th July, boat owners will walk from King Point Marina to nearby Richmond Walk, where early Hurley Marine and South Coast Marine Hurleys were built, and where a plaque will be unveiled.

During its heyday, Hurley Marine was one of the UK’s largest boat builders. The company was started by George Hurley, a carpenter and shipwright who worked in Plymouth’s dockyard during World War Two and set up his own business from a shed in his backyard, originally trading as A.G Hurley Ltd.

In 1952 the business expanded into new premises in Stonehouse at Richmond Walk and built the famous Silhouette cruisers, before the company became Hurley Marine and relocated to a purpose-built factory in Plympton in the 1960s.

At its peak, Hurley Marine employed 140 people and turned out 17 fully completed boats a week. Two of the most famous designs were the Hurley 18 and the Hurley 22, of which more than 1,200 were built, and many were exported to Europe and the USA. Both remain popular sailing boats today, outliving many more recent designs.

Hurley Marine closed down in 1974, though Hurley boats continued to be built by other firms until 1991.

The Hurley Owners’ Association (HOA) was formed in 1998 and has 250 members from the UK and across the world who join together to celebrate and foster an interest in the line in all its forms.

The HOA chose to use King Point Marina for the Bring Your Hurley Home event, which is being supported by marina owners and operators Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc.
The stunning, contemporary marina opened in the heart of Plymouth’s newly revitalized Coastal Quarter in Millbay in 2013 to provide berthing for 171 vessels.

Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager, said: “The Hurley line is a classic line which has more than stood the test of time, with these sailboats remaining hugely popular today as a true testament to the quality of the design and build first carried out in Plymouth.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Bring Your Hurley Home which is going to be a fantastic celebration of the Hurley line’s strong heritage in Britain’s Ocean City, and as Plymouth’s newest marina, King Point Marina is proud to be welcoming Hurley owners into the city for the rally this July.”

For more information about the event or to register to take part, visit www.hurleyownersassociation.co.uk or email BYHH2016@hurleyownersassociation.co.uk

Find out more about King Point Marina and upcoming sailing events at www.kingpointmarina.co.uk

New Sutton Harbour Cafe The Hidden Olive gets a great review

24th February 2016

New Cafe, The Hidden Olive, which opened recently in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth has been reviewed by Louise Daniel at The Plymouth Herald.

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Plymouth’s first street food emporium is now open in Sutton Harbour

12th February 2016

An imaginative new food experience bringing freshly cooked street food to Plymouth has opened on the waterfront in Sutton Harbour.

Street food emporium Supha’s offers an Asian-style menu cooked to order in an open kitchen with fresh fish, sourced daily from nearby Plymouth Fisheries, kept in a wet counter for customers to choose from.

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Make at 140 joins the Experience Card Scheme

25th January 2016

Free coffee or tea with any lunch purchased on presentation of your Sutton Harbour Experience Card.

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