This year’s Beale Park Boat Show coincides with the opening of The Racing Dinghy and River Craft Museum at Beale Park - a museum set up by the Eyemouth International Sailing Craft Association (EISCA), more commonly known as World of Boats.
Located in the Tithe Barn at Beale Park, The Racing Dinghy and River Craft Museum hosts a collection of around 40 river craft and racing dinghies. The museum was opened briefly last year, but has been closed for further development and the installation of additional boats including the Edwardian steam launch Cygnet.
There are a couple of racing dinghies on display, including an International 14 designed and built by Uffa Fox, as well as a rare Flying 10, part of Uffa Fox’s Flying series. Examples of river craft are also featured, such as sailing canoes, Canadian canoes and Rob Roy canoes. These sit alongside craft that come from all corners of the world from Peru to The Solomon Islands, Vietnam and Canada.
This year’s Boat Show stand will feature examples of our recently returned Fairey Marine collection, including an Albacore and a Gannet. These boats are rare and in need of urgent restoration and preservation. The EISCA display will enable visitors to find out more about these boats and the importance of their preservation.
The museum is a five minute walk down the lane towards the exit of Beale Park. For further information visit the EISCA stand next to the Boat Show Ticket Office.
The opening of the site at Beale Park also comes at a time when EISCA is progressing with an exciting development in Cardiff Bay. Boat-lab will be based around a fully-equipped boat restoration workshop, where visitors can see work being carried out and watch progress on four or five boats at a time. Additional displays will show up to 50 historic boats from the collection.