Some snaps from previous UK HBBR meetings – Breton caps appear to be de rigeur!
I’ve been asked to tell you about the September UK Home Built Boat Regatta. Despite the name, it’s not really a regatta but is more like an American-style messabout, as many people will recognise from the photos.
The HBBR people are a loosely organised group who like to get together to discuss boatbuilding, sail their home-built boats and generally swap hints and tips. The next meeting is their National Rally at the Cotswold Water Park, on 1st and 2nd September.
I’d go if I wasn’t already booked to play my duet concertina in Suffolk. A range of canoes and small day boats are expected, including designs by Iain Oughtred, Paul Fisher, Conrad Natzio and Andrew Wolstenholme. The event is very informal with no trade stands and no catering (bring a picnic!), but there are basic camping facilities available on site. Just go along and bring your boat, if you have one, say the organisers. The event takes place at Cotswold Water Park, Lake 32, Keynes Country Park, Shorncote, Cirencester GL7 6DF.
To see photos of the event itself, follow this link https://intheboatshed.net/…/home-built-boat-regatta-meeting-2007/