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Saturday 30th July 2022

Vessels Festival and Centenary Smack Race

South Pier at 9:00 AM

Smack Races - Saturday July 30th - From 9am to 4pm
Vessels Festival - Saturday July 30th - From 10am to 4pm
Smack Races as needed - Sunday July 31st - From 10am to 12pm

Join us for a grand day out at the South Pier in Lowestoft to enjoy the Vessels Festival and a unique flotilla of heritage fishing boats (smacks) proving their seafaring skills in a smack race.

The Smack Race is a celebration for the 100th birthday of Excelsior LT472, Lowestoft’s own nationally registered historic ship. A very rare gathering of heritage fishing boats will race off the coast of Lowestoft just as fishing boats did a hundred years ago in a contest of nerve and seamanship. The race itself will be visible from the Ness Point area for those with good telescopes or binoculars, but for an enthusiast's close up view of these beautiful sailing ships as they leave port and re-enter, nothing will beat the views from the South Pier in Lowestoft. At the South Pier, you’ll also have a grand time visiting the Vessels Festival, a maritime themed festival celebrating Lowestoft’s seafaring heritage with food, stalls, demonstrations and song.

The best part is….it’s all FREE! There are no tickets to buy and no entry fees.

For the latest news and more detailed information, please look to the Vessel’s Festival Facebook page. and


The Excelsior Trust wants to give a hearty seafarer’s thanks to our sponsors-

Lowestoft Town Council
Associated British Ports
East Suffolk Council
Suffolk Coastal

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