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Small Ships

June 1 @ 11:00 am - June 4 @ 3:00 pm

Design, build and race your own miniature ship in our Small Ships competition.

Love the Tall Ships? Fancy sailing yourself?  Now is your chance. Alongside the Tall Ships this year we are running Small Ships.  Race your miniature boat over a fathom (that’s 6′ to landlubbers) in our specially-designed course and record your speed. We’ll be offering prizes for design and speed in four age categories.

We’ll be providing sea and wind (okay, it’s a big fan….), you bring the ships.


  • ships must be no larger than 18″ high, 12″ long and 8″ wide (sails furled)
  • ships must be wind-powered (no motors!)
  • entry open to all by donation (£1 per entry please)
  • entries open Wednesday 1 June at 11.00am
  • last entry Saturday 4 June at 3.00pm
  • Prizes will be awarded for design and speed in four categories
    • Apprentice (primary school age)
    • Able Seamen (secondary school age)
    • Officers (adult under 50)
    • Ancient Mariners (adult 50+)

Prizes will be awarded on Sunday 5 June at 2.00pm by our Mock Mayor of Barton, Hashim Norat. May the best mariner win!

If you’d like some help with design or build, check out our two free ship-building workshops on Saturdays 21 and 28 May 11am-1.00pm https://discoverdecrypt.org.uk/event/jubilee-ship-building-workshop-1/


June 1 @ 11:00 am
June 4 @ 3:00 pm
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