Emsworth Olympic boat project dates revealed

THE stop off points for where an wooden yacht specially built in Emsworth as part of an Olympics have been announced.

On May 7 next year the boat will be launched from Thornham Marina, where it’s maiden voyage along and beyond the South East Coast will begin.

The boat, made from 1,200 wooden donations from the public will stop off at five points from Hampshire to Kent to Milton Keynes next summer.

Each town and city visited will create a bespoke festival of events celebrating the boat’s arrival and mooring.

Included will be newly commissioned artworks, music events, dance performances, artist talks and trips out on the boat.

The launch itself will be a celebratory event that will bring together the thousands of people who came together to create the boat and herald the beginning of its maiden voyage.

The boat’s name, voted for by the public during a competition opening in January 2012, will be revealed and The Boat Project book detailing all of the donations collected will also be launched.

After leaving Emsworth on May 7 it will stop in Brighton from May 19-27, Portsmouth from June 23-30, Hastings from July 7-10, Margate from July 14-16 and in Milton Keynes from July 19-29.

Calling points will be added to this schedule throughout the next few months with visits to Weymouth and London also anticipated.