With so much happening it is hard to know quite where to start. We had a stonking Henley Royal regatta with plenty of sunshine and our wonderful river scenery beamed around the world for the first time as the racing was filmed from all angles. Next up is the Henley Festival of Music and the Arts with two nights already sold out and no bankside moorings available for months.

Boats are selling with alacrity. If your boat is for sale on brokerage, please do not despair if she hasn’t sold as I think the customers are coming back and quite honestly people are beginning to realise that they can be much more “original” and own a classic boat which will at least hold its value while making heads turn.

One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure

Fossicking on the South Coast

Fossicking on the South Coast

If you are heading to the coast don’t forget to do a spot of fossicking. With the world churning out ever more packaging there are rich pickings for recyclers. Whether you are combing the beach for precious stones and fossils, or less natural materials, fossicking is a fun and interesting family activity, which can also help the local environment.

Once upon a time we all went crabbing but if there are no crabs to amuse the children then I guess they may need to learn to fossick. We’d love to see what treasures you find on your holidays this summer.

Boat of the month

Poppy - Salcombe Regatta Gig on her trailer

Poppy – Salcombe Regatta Gig on her trailer

Which boat might you take to sea? Well there is the Poppy, the aptly named Salcombe Regatta gig which could keep the family amused for many hours and initiate them into the joys of rowing. For something more adventurous we do have a range of Dunkirk Little ships including Mada and Fedalma II.

See you at the Trad Boat Rally and Festival

Kitty and Lady Penelope

Kitty and Lady Penelope

While here in the UK we enjoy the new look Trad Boat Rally and Festival on the 18th and 19th July, Stateside there are plenty of traditional boat events. We have four Chris Craft for sale at HSC: Jomarna, Kitty, Chris and the lovely Lady Penelope if pink is your colour.

Jomarna and Chris

Jomarna and Chris

On site there will be a whole array of our vendors exhibiting their boats in the water while taking an active part in the rally so look out for Agora, Harmony III, Dione, Derson, and possibly several more.

Check in with us on the HSC stand adjacent to the champagne bar. Apart from showing several boats we have on brokerage, we will have a full list of the boats we currently have for sale. Grab some bubbles and come to say “Ahoy there”.

Rehomed by HSC

Lady Helen in the water

Lady Helen in the water

Where has it gone? Lady Helen has left the Loddon and is now based in Maidenhead. Colin and Lucie Henwood are thrilled to have a new, enthusiastic owner for their Wolstenholme designed electric launch which features in the book Colin wrote entitled “Head, Heart, Hand”. There are still some signed copies available from Richard Way Book sellers on Friday Street.

Sonning here we come

View from Midsomer Maiden

View from Midsomer Maiden

Mudlark, a self drive electric Frolic 21, is heading upstream to Sonning for the rest of the charter season, later followed by our beloved Midsomer Maiden, ready to accompany you on your next summer adventure on the river.

We are delighted to be partnering with the Great House at Sonning after their refurbishment. This will be a great place for boaters to go to moor and eat. There will also be rooms available for day boaters.

“Sail” on by for a bargain at Boatique this summer

A sample of Boatique's stripes and Blaest rain coats

A sample of Boatique’s stripes and Blaest rain coats

On offer at Boatique this summer – we have a small seasonal sale in the shop as well as the best ever selection of stripes wide and narrow in most of the colours of the rainbow.

You will also find us with a men’s rail at the Trad as well as some very bright rainwear to cheer up even the grumpiest sailor.

Mooring whips

Mooring whips

If you live by the river and are frustrated by the amount of wash created by passing river traffic, may I suggest buying some mooring whips from Boatique. We even have a chap who can fit them to your bank. There are three sizes according to the length of the boat. Le Ketchup will be modelling the 20ft version in Henley near Marsh lock on your port side as you head upstream.

Do give Gillian or Boatique a ring for more information and look out for them on the website anytime soon.

As everyone (except me) seems to be going away in August I have decided to give your inbox a rest until September. Keep a look out on the website for new boats and blogs.