The news is out! We’re back, and what better way to start the year than with wind in our sails. We would like to introduce the Parade of Sail 2025, to be held on 7th – 10th February 2025 on the River Derwent.   

The Parade of Sail is one of the most spectacular and popular events during our biennial festivals, anyone can be involved, even if you don’t have a boat and that’s why it is loved so much! Some of the best viewing points are from easily accessible spots along the shores of the River Derwent including Alexander Battery Park, Long Beach Sandy Bay, Wrest Point and anywhere near the wharf. We can practice social distancing and still have a great day out. Any excuse for a sail, right?  

So get onboard your wooden boat or your friend’s wooden boat, whether it’s motorised or wind powered, we want to see as many boats as we can out on 7th – 10th February 2025.   

We are also looking into options for berthing before and/or after the event, so stay tuned for more details as well as a confirmed sailing route and departure time. We told you we wouldn’t give up that easy so save the date and start scrubbing those decks. 

If you’re a wooden boat owner, please register your interest to participate in the Parade Of Sail 2025 by emailing with your name, boat name, email and phone number. We have extended the original EOI cut off date, we just want more boats! 

If you’re a spectator, grab the kids, grab the picnic basket and head to the shores of the River Derwent. Try and count the boats, we dare you!

7th – 10th February 2025