Saint Ives Illuminated Boat Parade 2016

On Friday 2nd September, we moored up at the quay at Saint Ives to secure a spot to watch the illuminated light parade held in Saint Ives on that Saturday evening. The event happens every other year and is always such a fantastic event to attend whether it be by car or by boat. We were lucky enough to grab a mooring before they all disappeared. We had our friends Al Dente moored behind us and Josie, another Sealine 290 Ambassador, rafted alongside Bandit. Overall, it was such a great evening and it was so nice to be a part of it all. We were all there encouraging the participants with blasts of our horns. We even had a couple of air horns to use. Shortly after the boats had passed back upstream again, some fireworks were set off from the middle of the river. The fireworks were provided by Jones Boatyard who are about to celebrate their 70th year of their family run business, LH Jones & Son LTD, which was established in 1946. There were so many different types of boats and light designs that evening. Even the Environment Agency participated using their patrol boat. A bit of cheating with their blue lights and siren but a fantastic and very different boat none the less! Caught a lot of attention from the audience. After the parade, we all then gathered aboard Josie for an evening of booze cruising!
Bandit and Al Dente
The Sealine sisters


A photo of us three taken by our friends on Amber Louise

Saint Ives bridge and chapel that evening

Through the event, the safety boat along with the rest of the participating boats were talking on channel 6 on the VHF. I always have the radio on when we're aboard and set it roaming through channels 6, 8 and 16. We primarily use the channel 6 ship-to-sip frequency on the River Great Ouse but more boaters are using channel 8 as an alternative if 6 is busy. It was really interesting to hear the 'behind the scenes' of the event over the radio. The organiser / safety man on his rib was calling to all the boats telling them to move aside to get the large barge that had passed first to return upriver.

After reviewing the photos I had taken with my iPhone 6, I realised that it didn't seem to pick up the lights very well so many of them, sadly, are very blurred or focused incorrectly. A real shame but what can you do?

The winner was the people who had created the green spitfire! A very well deserved win as it was so brilliantly constructed and decorated but also suited this year's patriotic theme perfectly.


Our view of the town bridge from the boat


Looking upstream at the illuminated boats
The River Patrol taking part (using their blue lights and siren)
The River Patrol taking part (using their blue lights and siren)



Jones Boatyard's unicorn boat
Jones Boatyard's unicorn boat
Jones Boatyard's unicorn boat
Jones Boatyard's unicorn boat



The winning boat - Green Spitfire
The winning boat - Green Spitfire
Our friends on Amber Louise. Good show!
Our friends on Amber Louise. Good show!


The runner up - Helicopter made by the crew of an Ocean 30, Latest Flame
Our view of the bridge from the boats
The huge mass of people crowding the quay and on the bridge

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