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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Under a blazing sun, the 28th Fish Festival celebrated all things fish!

First of all a huge 'thank you!' from the Festival Committee to all those fishermen, individuals, organisations and businesses who made the day such a great day for all those lucky enough to be there! Also, a special thanks to harbourmaster Rob Parsons for letting us take over the harbour for a Bank Holiday weekend, without the support of the harbour staff and the local fishing community it just wouldn't happen.  Hopefully, the lure of the beach on what was probably the best day of the summer won't have affected the overall attendance too badly so that the Fishermen's Mission - for whom the event is all about - won't have lost out on too much!


Photo courtesy of Amy Smith Photography
After last year's first ever trawler parade proved such a success it looks like it is here to stay and all hands thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle the boats make - even though this year all the sardine boats were absent owing to the sardines wiggling their tails last week forcing the fleet to follow them east to Falmouth - such is fishing!
Photo courtesy of Amy Smith Photography
This year saw the first ever liferaft race courtesy of Newline and Ocean Safety which also proved an instant hit with plenty of people already expressing an interest in taking part next year - especially the Sea Scouts!  There are some race winner T shirts waiting to be collected - as soon as the winners are tracked down!



When you are confronted by a sky like this at 5:30am you know it's going to be a stunning day...




so as preparations get underway for the first liferaft race ever...



and the RNLI get ready for their book launch...


the huge fish display if donated fish (thanks guys)...


created by Sue and Duncan Lewis with a little help from family and friends...


to raise money for the Mission when it goes under the auctioneer's hammer later in the day...


at 11am the first liferaft race ever sees a team from the Mission and Harbour Commissioners finally get aboard...


photo courtesy of Jordan Price/Penwith College
and all set for the start


and the race is off!...


looks like the winning team...


closely followed by the more mature team...


photo courtesy of Jordan Price/Penwith College

Penwith College did a roaring trade in BBqd fish including line caught pollack...



at 12 the gigs started their parade...


while Duncan from Passionate about Fish extolled the virtues of the humble sardine...


visitors crowded to see Duncan's amazing fish display...


photo courtesy of Jordan Price/Penwith College
or dined on some amazing fish-based dishes like this gigantic seafood paella...


photo courtesy of Jordan Price/Penwith College
or even bought their own fish to take home...


the luggers looked impressive this year and with no wind to speak of all their sails hoisted...


photo courtesy of Charlotte Heaney /Penwith College
while out on the Mary Williams pier there were some entertaining acrobatics going on...


photo courtesy of Charlotte Heaney /Penwith College
along with more traditional music and dance on the Buskers Corner stage...


photo courtesy of Charlotte Heaney /Penwith College
and big band sounds on the main One and Al stage...


at 2pm the Trawler `parade got underway with the Three Jays and Prospector leading the way...


rolling heavily as the safety boat kept ahead proceedings...


from the Maverick's huge wash...


in perfect conditions...


Nigel (nearest) and David went round like a pair of lovebirds...


and the whole, proceedings were watched by one of the few remaining varnished boats in the country...


the Seascan based in Mevagissey who came down especially for the day - it would be great to have more ex-fishing boats like this come for the festival to give people a sense of the history of how boats have changed in size, layout and construction...


as they have such stunning lines...


then the Prospector managed to blow a water pipe and had to pull out of the parade...


 now passed up by the Seascan...



heading for the Low Lee buoy...


and rounding it Nigel and David are still together...


steaming in azure blue water...


or the wake of the Maverick...


all the boats were treated to a dolphin escort...


as they headed for the final buoy off Battery Rocks...


they turned and headed along in front of the prom for home...


and the gaps...


and then into the harbour for a bit of fun and games...


with flour, eggs and deck washes...


which even continued as they headed up the harbour back to their berths...


back in the fish market the first auction was well underway...


ably assisted by Ajax skipper Alan Dwan...


with Robby and Ed Buckland, two top auctioneers doing and amazing job selling the entire fish display off to raise funds for the Mission...


Tuesday morning and all is quiet...


and the maket returned to normal...


with trawl and beam trawl fish filling one end of the marke...


with Dovers...


monk fish...



megrim soles...


plaice...


ray...


brill...


and some line caught bass...


along with a good shot of Dory, see what you're missing young Roger...


plenty of haddock and megrim too with the little inshore boats...


the star fish of yesterday's fish display was a huge electric ray...


as the harbour welcomes its first boat of the day, the netter Charisma.