Harbour News

Published: October 1, 2021 | Updated: October 1, 2021

New arrivals and the welcome return of Pip in a busy month at Poole Harbour Commissioners

By Andrew Diprose, editor

The latest update from Poole Harbour Commissioners

It’s been a busy few weeks as we welcomed back one very familiar face and also hosted calls from several cruise ships.

The familiar – and inspirational – face was solo yachtswoman Pip Hare.

We’re delighted that Pip has accepted our offer of a berth for her new boat, Medallia, at Poole Quay Boat Haven.

It has effectively fired the starting pistol on her campaign to sail single-handed, non-stop, around the world as a competitor in the 2024 Vendée Globe.

In the 2020/21 race, Pip finished as the first British skipper, and in 19th place overall, despite having one of the oldest boats in the fleet.

At a reception in her honour, our CEO, Jim Stewart, pictured right, described Pip as “one of the nicest, most inspiring people I’ve ever met.”

You can read more here.

In other news:

We welcomed the MS Ocean Explorer on her maiden voyage into Poole Harbour.

Our team also assisted with preparation for her inaugural cruise where guests were welcomed aboard for the first time.

The 2021-built cruise ship, pictured left, is an ice-strengthened (polar class 1A / PC6) expedition vessel and was in port for four days.

We’ve also welcomed Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky and also Hebridean Princess to the port.

Carrying just 50 guests, Hebridean Princess’ claims to fame include The Queen chartering her in 2006 and 2010 for sailing holidays around the Scottish Islands.

Earlier this month Poole Harbour Commissioners proudly flew the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day.

It was in recognition and support of all the brave sailors who kept the UK supplied during both world wars.

We also thank the Merchant Navy for putting food on our tables during the Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to support our sailors in the ongoing struggles they face.