Once again Looe will be filled with classic fishing boats over the weekend of the 3 – 5 June. Arriving in the days leading up to the event the luggers will race in Looe Bay, weather permitting, on the first Saturday and Sunday of June. This wonderful event which takes place in Looe every two years, brings these traditional craft back to the Cornish fishing town of Looe in South East Cornwall from far and wide, with regular attendance by boats from Brittany in France. Some of these boats are over 100 years old and provide a colourful spectacle, both out at sea and once tied up in the harbour, where a very pleasant evening can be spent strolling along the quay.
The lugger was the main fishing boat operating off the south Cornish coast up untill the 1960s. Originally sailing vessels, some were later installed with engines. Over this weekend the engines will once again be switched off as both boats from Looe and as far afield as Brittany turn back time.
Those wishing to watch the races will find great vantage points at Hannafore, West Looe or from the end of the Banjo Pier. The highly popular event, organised by The Looe Lugger Association, is supported by local business and Town Organisations. It is very much a tradition – a Cornish tradition – but with huge appeal to visitors to the county as it offers such great photo opportunities and the atmosphere is really authentic.
Races will take place on the Saturday from 10.30 till 17.40, Sunday from 11.30 till 3.30, weather permitting. The Sailing Club in Looe and the Fish Market tend to be the centre of most social activity but if you stroll along the quayside, you may stumble across the occasional ‘boat party’ accompanied by the sounds of a French accordion played by our visiting friends from Brittany.