Remembering that 2012 marks the Jubilee Celebrations of HRH Elizabeth II, I received the following from the chair of this event:
We have confirmed/pencilled in attendance from;
-The Good Wood Boat Co.
-Brantwood House- along with John Ruskin's own rowing boat
-Electric Boat Association
-Mirror Class Dinghies
-Windermere Steamboat Museum
-Arthur Ransome Society- hopefully with one or two Swallows & Amazons lectures, possibly from Bank Ground Farm (where Arthur Ransome stayed and taught the Altounyan children to sail, the basis for the story) along with a chance that the restored 'Swallow' may be in attendance along with...
...-The Ruskin Museum, along with the unrestored 'Amazon', hopefully.
-National Trust- SY Gondola, hopefully offering half price cruises over one or two days with possibly an evening cruise with a talk from Bill Smith on the restoration of Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7 along with the National Trust stand.
-Beer on tap, BBQ's, rowing boats/electric boats/canoes for hire
Sunday 10th June is an assembly and arrival day with Mon/Tue being the regatta proper.
Unfortunately, as it stands, there won't be any royalty in attendance- other than the marine royalty of the visiting steamboats and Gondola, of course!
I know it all sounds a little up in the air at them moment, but it has only been a couple of weeks, and the above mentioned seem extremely responsive and keen on being involved.
There are many forms of accomadation in the locality- renging from log cabins in the woods to ****/***** hotels and everything inbetween. There are nationally famous eateries within 20 mile radius and numerous good ld fashioned pubs in Coniston and the surrounding towns and villages.
Local attractions include the home of William Wordsworth, the home of John Ruskin, SY Gondola, the Ruskin Museum, Hawkshead village and Beatirx Potter's house along with regular scheduled sailings on the four major lakes and two heritage railways. Manchester is a 2.5hr train ride, and Liverpool 3hrs.
It would be fantastic to have an international contingent, and of course they would be made most welcome.