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Jun
09

Award from Waitrose Southsea

A huge thanks to our local branch of Waitrose for our Community Matters award: This sum will help us to keep traditional boatbuilding skills alive.

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May
30

‘Dolly Varden’ – Dolly The Movie part one

Dolly Varden was built in 1872 and has had a long and distinguished racing career with an ever changing rig as she was used extensively for testing sails and rigging under the ownership of Tom Ratsey of Ratsey and Lapthorne sail makers, who are still operating to this day. She caused quite a stir when she arrived with us […]

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May
20

Young Boat Builders Meet American Ambassador to the UK

Marking an important stage in the build, young people from 3 local schools took part in ceremoniously turning their St Ayles Skiff yesterday in front of the American Ambassador to the UK. Well done to all the young boat-builders from Portsmouth Sail Training Trust and to Oarsome Chance Foundation  for an excellent project. IBTC Portsmouth students and instructors were very […]

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May
19

Beale Park Boat Show 3,4 & 5 June

We’ll be exhibiting at Beale Park Boat Show in June 3, 4 & 5. Come and talk to us about our boat-building training courses in the amazing space of Boathouse 4. Our Adirondack Guide boat is shaping up nicely. Find us in The Green area, where we always are!    

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May
18

Tool Chest Restoration

This beautiful, old tool chest was restored with great care by one of our students – complete with a new key to fit the original lock. We love the attention to detail, particularly where they have ensured that each of the screw heads line up.

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May
11

HMS Warrior 1860 guests enjoyed coffee and bacon in the fabulous Midships Cookhouse during their talk and tour of Boathouse 4 last Saturday. What a great way to start the weekend!    

By Franw | IBTC Portsmouth
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May
09

2 Day Short Course in Dovetail Joints

A two day short course in dovetail joints took place over a weekend in Boathouse 4. “Brilliant course – my tutor was outstanding. It was so nice to be taught by someone who has a real passion for their craft and loves sharing his knowledge.  On top of the outstanding facilities it was interesting to develop the […]

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May
04

Generous Gesture from Royal Naval Shipwrights

The Portsmouth branch of the Association of Royal Naval Shipwrights has wound up after many years of comradeship and in doing so, decided to create a permanent legacy of their work. In a generous final gesture before the winding up of the Association, members used their remaining funds to create a trophy, depicting a skilled […]

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