From:                                         Amy Johnson <>

Sent:                                           16 March 2012 17:48

To:                                               Amy Johnson

Subject:                                     Pageant News: Issue Three


Issue Three – 16 March, 2012


Dress to Impress


We’ve had so many questions about how you should decorate your vessels that we thought it best to devote an article to our vision of the Pageant and how each of you will form a special part of it.


In all the planning and preparations it’s very easy to forget the scale of this event. But when it comes to what to wear and how to dress our vessels, it’s important to remember that we will be watched by over a billion people worldwide… so we need to look our best!


There’s no official dress code policy for the Pageant, nor are there formal guidelines for the dressing of vessels, however, we expect every vessel to take pride in her appearance and would ask you to decorate your vessel in an appropriate style to reflect the royal and celebratory nature of this unique, historic event.


To give you some pointers:

-          Flags and bunting will emphasise the celebratory tone and flags can be used to promote your Club, your County or the charities you represent.

-          Period clothing and uniforms that reflect the origin, history or heritage of your boat are encouraged.

-          Banners promoting sponsors, companies, charities etc will not be acceptable.

-          We advise against inflatables and any decorative constructions that are not in-keeping with the character of your vessel.


Please note that it is vital that any decorations or additions to your boat do not compromise its safety. Please do not include anything that might distract your skipper or crew or might get in the way of their line of site.


Further information on decorations and flags will be available via our Q&A next week.




Insurance Update


Thank you for sending your insurance details through to us as part of your acceptance.


Since receiving these, we have been advised by our insurers that all boat owners should confirm their participation in the Pageant with their insurers. It is in your interests, as well as those of other boat owners and the Pageant, to make sure they are aware of the event and your involvement.


We would therefore ask that you send a letter to your insurers based on this draft.  If for any reason your insurers indicate that the event will not be covered you will need to let us know, otherwise just keep the confirmation in a safe place in case you should need it.



In The Press…

The Queen’s former yachtsmen have been carrying out sea trials in preparation for the Pageant, please read the full article from Fife Today to find out more:


Fife Today Article


Obair-Na-Ghoal will be making its way from Scotland to join us for the Pageant. Built by Alex Slater, the fishing boat and its crew tell what it means to them to be involved. To read the full article:


FishUpdate.Com Article


Boat of the Week: Islay


Built in 1922 by the world famous Camper and Nicholson firm, designers and builders of yachts for the royal family, the gentleman’s motor launch Islay will take her place with pride in the historic and service section of the Pageant. 


The immaculate restoration of Islay was conceived when Adam Toop, Commodore of the Thames Vintage Boat Club, discovered her as a very tired museum piece in Italy some ten years ago. As one of just six of these stunning launches remaining in the world, and boasting such strong pedigree, the project proved irresistible.  After repatriation to the UK, the painstaking restoration took two years.


Designed as a tender to the large J-Class yachts that competed in the early America’s Cup races, Islay has gone on to win many accolades herself, including the coveted ‘Best boat in show’ at the Thames Traditional Boat Rally.


Adam is hugely enthusiastic about Islay’s involvement in the Pageant, with crew including his father and close friends.   




Things to check…


We have asked you to complete a number of actions since inviting you to participate, so to ensure you’ve ticked all the boxes please can you check that you have:


  1. Responded to your invitation with:

-          confirmation of your vessel dimensions

-          responses to any queries raised by the Marine Selection Panel

-          submission of a copy of your insurance certificate that covers the event period.


  1. Sent your signed Data Protection Agreement to us (by 23rd March 2012)


  1. Submitted your Security Risk Assessment to the Metropolitan Police (by 6th April 2012)


  1. Sent a letter to your insurers advising them of your participation.


  1. Sent us your boat stories and photographs.



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