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Scottish Traditional Boat Festival Secures ACE Deal

Organisers of a popular maritime festival have announced a significant financial sponsorship deal with local engineering firm ACE Winches, securing the immediate future of the Festival. The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, held annually in Portsoy, brings together in excess of 16,000 people over the weekend, with a steadily growing number of international visitors, generating £1 million for the local economy. The Festival, now in its

March 28th, 2016|

Portsoy goes bananas with fruity ban

A ban on bananas has been imposed in a small Scottish town as it prepares for its biggest weekend of the year – the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Traditional Boat Festival. Superstitious seafarers regard bananas as bad luck on board boats and festival organisers have come up with the unusual move to ward off any potential misfortune to the North-east’s biggest maritime celebration, which takes

June 18th, 2015|

From Sailing Boats To Social Enterprise – The Incredible Journey of Scotland’s Leading Maritime Festival

When the residents of a coastal community staged a celebration to mark the 300th anniversary of their historic harbour 20 years ago, the social enterprise movement in the UK was only just starting to stir. As the volunteers erected bunting around the village of Portsoy on the Aberdeenshire coast, they had no idea that two decades later their low-key celebration would grow with that movement

June 16th, 2013|

Festival Celebrates Centenary of Herring Industry Boom Year

The humble herring and its importance to the nation’s fishing industry marks a milestone anniversary this year.  Exactly 100 years ago, the UK’s herring fleet recorded its biggest ever annual catch with some 577,000 tonnes of the fish being landed at ports around the UK coastline.  The industry fell into decline after the boom year of 1913, but nowhere is the herring’s influence on north-east

June 7th, 2013|

Portsoy Skiffettes Launch ‘Soy Quine’

An all-female coastal rowing group is on the crest of a wave after receiving a good luck message from Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger as they prepare to launch the wooden rowing skiff they built from scratch. The Skiffettes – a group of women from Portsoy in Aberdeenshire – created The Soy Quine in just 10 months, despite having no previous boatbuilding experience. And when

March 2nd, 2013|

Olympic Gold Medalist Katherine Grainger Wishes Portsoy Skiffettes Well

I’ve been hearing about how important the 2nd March is going to be to the history of the world. The launching of The Soy Quine must rate right up there with man first landing on the moon and the discovery of penicillin and the four minute mile and the Battle of Hastings and the invention of chocolate. I had a look at the picture of

February 14th, 2013|