International Shrimper Week

 

INTERNATIONAL SHRIMPER WEEK/FORTNIGHT

 

 

 

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The 'Flagship' event of the SOA calendar, usually held in June each year, when Shrimpers from all over the UK and Europe gather to sail in company and meet up with friends old and new whilst exploring new and interesting locations. 

There is a great feeling of camaraderie on these international rallies, often as a result of sharing joint experiences.  But along with the fun, the adventure and exploration, owners also learn a lot about themselves and their boats when sailing with other Shrimpers.   Those with less experience appreciate the extra degree of security of sailing in company, especially in conditions that crews might tend to avoid if on their own.   The experience only adds to the confidence we feel when sailing our remarkably seaworthy Shrimpers.  

 

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Our rallies have been held in many different locations over the years:-

 

 

2000  Brest  (Brittany)

2001    East Coast

2002    Southern Holland

2003    Poole

2004    Wales                           

2005    Friesland

2006    Falmouth/St.Mawes              

2007    Morbihan (Brittany)

2008    Plymouth                             

2009    Denmark  (Baltic)

2010    Scotland

2011    Holland

2012    Falmouth

2013    Solent & Chichester

2014    St Malo, Brittany

2015    Rothesay, Isle of Bute

2016    Friesland, Netherlands

2017    Milford Haven


The usual format sees an organised first week providing interesting day cruises under the guidance of local owners who have the vital 'local knowledge'.   During the first week a day is usually set aside for those keen on racing to compete for the Shrimper Challenge Cup See Shrimper trophies 

At the end of the first week there is a Prize Giving supper where there is always much enthusiastic discussion about the week's adventures and the various prizes are awarded, including the Challenge Cup.

The second week is generally of a more relaxed format where owners arrange and do "their own thing", usually in smaller groups. Perhaps revisiting locations or moving on to new areas and different harbours.

International Shrimper Week 2018 will be based on Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, and more information can be found on the dedicated ISW 2018 page, which will be available once the programme has been finalised.   

 

Every SOA Member is invited to attend ISW, but be sure to get your entry in early as spaces are generally limited.