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Posted 25th June 2014

Steamers' Birkett Cup Event Will Communicate The Essence of Ullswater


Yachts will be competing for the right to lift the Birkett Cup on July 5, as Ullswater becomes the place to be for sailing action and enjoyment.


To help spectators get closer to the action on the water, Ullswater Steamers is organising a special boat charter for which tickets are available.  For £20 for an adult and £10 for a child, people can enjoy the racing action from the top deck of one of the Steamers’ vessels and also raise a toast with a glass of cava or squash.


The Birkett Cup is part of Ullswater’s rich historical story, being named in memory of Lord Birkett, who foiled the attempts of the Manchester Corporation to turn Ullswater into a reservoir 52 years ago.


Typically, over 200 vessels compete in the regatta, creating a unique atmosphere amidst some of England’s most stunning scenery.  The Birkett Cup consists of two races, which cover the entire 9-mile length of the lake, so there’s excitement all around Ullswater on the day.


The special Ullswater ‘Steamers’ service leaves Pooley Bridge, at the northern end of the lake, at 12.30pm.  It returns to Pooley Bridge at around 3.30pm. 


Ullswater ‘Steamers’ marketing manager, Rachel Bell, says: “This event really encompasses all that is special about Ullswater – scenery, boats on the lake, heritage and passion.  We hope to allow some people who have never seen the Birkett Cup to get a taste for all these elements during their day with us.”


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