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The Boat Project – Weymouth and Portland Donation Day

Lone Twin invites the people of Weymouth and Portland to donate their wooden belongings to help create a 30ft seafaring boat. Mundane or extraordinary, donations can be small or large, but all donations must have a story behind them.

As people all over the world gather to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, a hand-built boat will set sail on its maiden voyage. The boat, crafted by a dedicated team of boat builders and volunteers, will be made from materials donated by members of the public.
Donation days are happening all over the South East region with one unique day in Weymouth and Portland as part of Spirit of the Sea Festival – taking place at Portland Marina, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset, DT5 1DX on Friday, 8 July from 1pm – 7pm.

The Boat Project; a collaboration between Lone Twin, acclaimed sailor and boat builder Mark Covell (Olympic Silver Medallist, Open Star Sailing, Sydney 2000), and international boat designer Simon Rogers is a region-wide Cultural Olympiad project, supported by Arts Council England.

After the launch of the boat in May 2012 it will be undertaking a maiden voyage along the South coast and stopping at various locations along the way, visiting all of the people who  have made donations. At each stop-off point there will be a festival of arts events and activities to celebrate the boat’s arrival.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, Arts Council England, says “that making a donation to The Boat Project is a great opportunities for people of all ages to take part in the arts and to feel a greater connection to the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. We’re pleased that so many people are involved in the Boat Project so far. I look forward to seeing the boat set sail for the first time next summer just in time for the Olympics and Paralympics and I hope that many people along the South Coast will also be able to observe the journey.”
Sally continued, “There is definitely a sense of pride and ownership from local communities emerging as the boat takes shape and the donations days that have already taken place have been very popular.”

Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters of Lone Twin, said:  ‘We’ve been open for over ten weeks and the response has been incredible, we’ve had thousands of people through the door bringing us hundreds of donations. This project is literally changing lives as our brilliant volunteers roll up their sleeves and learn a whole host of new skills, everyday’s a school day in the boat shed!  But of course we still need wood donations, we’ve had everything from a piece of the Ark Royal to a family’s much used 42 year-old bath brush – we’ll take anything so long as it has story!’

Lone Twin will be collecting donations up until 30 July 2011. Donations can also be made at The Boat Shed, Thornham Marina, nr. Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 8DDO, on a Saturday from 11th June-30th July, 1-7pm or on an other Donation Day Event taking place throughout the South East region;

Chichester Donation Day Event – 4 June 2011, 10am – 4.30pm
Marquee in Oaklands Park at Chichester Festival Theatre, PO19 6AP.

University of Kent Donation Day Event – 15 June, 1pm – 7pm
The Gulbenkian Theatre Foyer, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NB.

Gravesend Donation Day Event – 16 June, 12 – 7pm
The Civic Square, Gravesend, DA12 1AU.

Guildford Donation Day Event – 26 June, 11am – 4pm
Lockwood Day Centre, Slyfield Industrial Estate, GU1 1RR.

Lymington Donation Day Event – 10 July, 1-7pm
Royal Lymington Yacht Club, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3SE.

Billingshurst Donation Day Event – 16 July 2011, 1pm – 7pm
Daux Road Industrial Estate.

Bexhill-On-Sea Donation Day Event – 23 July 2011, 1pm – 6pm
Bexhill-On-Sea seafront, by the De La Warr Pavillion, TN40 LDP.

Reading Donation Day Event – 24 July, 12pm – 7pm
Rivermead Leisure ComplexRichfield Ave, Reading RG1 8EQ.


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