ABP Port of Ipswich invites public to classic boat race
A flotilla of 21 classic sailing ships from the Netherlands have made their way into ABP’s
Wet Dock at the Port of Ipswich as part of the biggest student sailing competition in Europe.
Visitors are invited to watch 'The Race of the Classics,' celebrating the history of the vessels
from the morning on Tuesday 4 April until midday, at the Orwell Quay facility in the heart of
This event has been running since 1989 and has been a regular visitor to the port and
Ipswich Haven Marina. Weather, tides and the crews ultimately chart the course which starts
in Rotterdam and finishes in Amsterdam. This year the fleet of vessels is crewed by around
500 European students.
Paul Ager, Divisional Port Manager East Anglia said: "The continued choice of Ipswich as a
destination by such a prestigious event in the European sailing calendar further enhances
the reputation of the port and town of Ipswich as a magnet for the European sailing
community and as a yacht and marina destination.
"It underlines the appeal of the facilities both at the marina, which has five gold anchors, and
of the wider port, which is the product of an extensive and ongoing programme of investment
by ABP to keep us at the forefront of the industry."
“It is also a fantastic chance for the crews to visit the port and town of Ipswich on a journey
of adventure, seafaring and teamwork.”