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Get on board the Richmond Maritime Festival

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:02 PDT, Wed July 24, 2019

Ahoy, mateys, it’s time for some seafaring fun.

Ahoy, mateys, it’s time for some seafaring fun.

This weekend marks the 16th annual Richmond Maritime Festival at Britannia Shipyards and Imperial Landing.

The two-day celebration (Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28) will see the docks lined with vessels, with wooden boats from up and down the Pacific Coast open for boarding and viewing.

And on land, folks will rejoice in a selection of local music and roving performers as they explore activities and displays in the fresh sea air.

Both days will open with performances by Juno-nominated children’s artists.

On Saturday, the award-winning duo Bobs & Lolo will get kids moving with song and dance while on Sunday even the littlest pirate can rock out to the witty wordplay and catchy choruses of Will’s Jams. The Canadian Western Bank Main Stage will also provide the perfect maritime soundtrack with appearances by festival favourites Beauty Shop Dolls and The Seabillys along with festival newcomers Wooden Horsemen and Flint & Feather.

This year, the Richmond Maritime Festival will be bookended by a special high seas adventure, the “Sunset Battle of the Tall Ships.” Featuring booming cannons, close-quarters maneuvers and a taste of 18th century life aboard tall ships, guests will experience the ships in action as they vie to win the contest. Originally to be a battle between the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain, the highlight spectacle will now feature Richmond’s own Providence in place of the Hawaiian Chieftain. This will be a David versus Goliath battle for bragging rights as the 2019 champion of the Fraser.

For those who consider themselves to be more land-lubbers, Garry Point Park will provide an optimal viewing location for the evening Battle Sail, as well as a selection of food trucks and roving performances. At the same time, artist Jon Sasaki will showcase his own unique talents by crafting his own boat out of materials found in the water as the battle roars on behind him. Guests are invited to take part in the picnic and enjoy the tall ship spectacle on July 26 and 28 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Richmond Maritime Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 27 and 28. Admission is free. For more details, visit www.richmondmaritimefestival.ca.

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