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SKD Talks at the Classic Boat Festival

As part of the Classic Boat Festival 2018, we're pleased to announce for the first time, our SKD Talks series. The Talks will take place on the Event Pontoon and there's no need to pre-book a seat. Simply turn up and be inspired! 


Saturday 8th September

12:00 The Worlds Toughest Row

Hear from the three inspirational women rowing across the Atlantic to challenge the everyday use of plastic. Setting out from the Canary Islands, they will row 3,000 miles day and night for over 7 weeks, overcoming physical and mental battles to reach the finish line in Antigua. Hear their story and wish them well on their upcoming trip during this talk.

14:00 Association of the Dunkirk Little Ships

In May 1965, to mark the 25th anniversary of 'Operation Dynamo' Raymond Baxter the famous radio and TV presenter assembled a fleet of 43 of the original Little Ships of Dunkirk to return to Dunkirk to commemorate the evacuation of the BEF in 1940, in which they played such a significant role. It was decided that such a unique assembly should not be allowed to disperse, and the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships was subsequently formed in 1966. Learn more about the Association and those very-famous ships at this talk.


Sunday 9th September

12:00 Gloriana, The Queens Rowbarge

Gloriana The Queen’s Rowbarge is a lasting legacy of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Gloriana is an inspiration for national pride, a showcase for traditional British boat-building and craftsmanship, and a means of encouraging people, to engage with the River Thames and the sport of rowing. Learn more about the story of Gloriana at this exclusive talk.

15:30 St Joan

From “A Gentleman's Coastal Express Cruiser” owned by a member of the Guinness Family, to her work in Air and Sea Rescue in World War II to her modern-day restoration, St. Joan has been named the 2018 National Flagship for the National Historic Ships UK Fleet. Learn more about her history, and future during this talk.