Organisers are appealing for historical craft and modern yachts to gather in Newport, Isle of Wight

Sailors are being urged to take part in Riverfest 2014.

This year’s event will be taking place on Saturday May 17 from 11am to 3pm on the River Medina.

Last year’s event attracted thousands of people to Newport, Isle of Wight. Local charities

and businesses were boosted by their attendance – and all reported a good

day.


This free event is now the largest community event in Newport. Riverfest has a focus on supporting and promoting

local arts and crafts and there will be lots of activities on offer for children.


Members of The Footprint Trust, who have organised the last three events, are appealing for more input from the boating community.

The River Medina is

navigable from Cowes and on the 17 May the tide will enable boats

to visit Newport Quay from about 11.00hrs to 16.00hrs, depending on

their size.


Organiser Ray Harrington-Vail said: ‘We would particularly welcome those with historical vessels to sail

along to the event, but we also welcome modern craft too…’

Historical organisations, with an interest in Newport or the River Medina, are also being sought.


Ray added: ‘This year the Medina Valley Centre’s Eco-Challenger is already booked

along with interesting local crafts and local foods, and dozens of

Island charities.’


The centre will also be offering free rides on the Medina as part of the

RYA Push the Boat Out, a national weekend of sailing and windsurfing.


People are invited to come along and ‘have a go’ at sailing with an

experienced sailor. Whether you are a regular sailor, new to the sport

or simply want a day out with the family.

Riverfest is being

supported by the local Southern Co-operative, Newport Parish Council and

Sunrise Rotary.


The Footprint Trust would like to thank Newport Harbour Master Wayne Pritchard and his staff for their help. Permission to

use the public quay has been given by the Isle of Wight Council with

support and help the council’s events team.

Anyone wishing to sail to the event or take part in the flotilla can email Matt and Ray at riverfest@footprint-trust.co.uk

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