Portaferry Sails & Sounds - Classic Boat and Music Festival is a music and traditional sailing festival celebrating its third year.
Traditional Sailing and music are no strangers to this area; for many years, the annual ‘Portaferry Hooker Regatta’ set the bar for classic yachts and traditional boat regattas north of the border, and the town echoed to the sounds of laughter, traditional Irish music and dancing. Something which has been missing for a few years since its demise.
Portaferry Sails & Sounds has revived these essential elements of the Portaferry-style traditional sailing regatta, but for a more modern era. The Northern Ireland Old Gaffers Association has teamed up with Portaferry Sailing Club to re-invent the traditional sailing regatta.
Street theatre, busking competitions, a brand new town-wide, multi-venue music festival, classic car displays, Irish Dancing exhibitions, farmer’s markets, art and craft exhibitions, historical re-enactments - and these are not even the main events! We hope to enjoy the company of the cream of Irish, Isle of Man, Scottish, English and Welsh traditional sailing yachts and working craft. Racing, parades of sail and Skiff racing will provide a spectacle to behold on the world famous beautiful waters of Strangford Lough.