THE sun is expected to keep shining as one of the largest events of the Cardiff Harbour Festival starts drawing the annual summer extravaganza to a close.
This weekend’s Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts a range of events, including, for the second year, the Extreme Sailing Series.
Kicking off today with the preliminary races, the main racing takes place tomorrow, Sunday and Monday.
The award-winning Extreme Sailing Series is an innovative and uncompromising format, offering a grandstand experience up close to the high-speed action of the boats racing.
Teams battle each other at breakneck speeds around demanding courses, often within touching distance of the shore, guaranteeing spectators a view of the fast and furious action.
On shore there will be another type of battle taking place with The British Fish Craft Championships 2013.
Skilled fishmongers from across the UK and industry experts will be on hand to provide fish filleting demonstrations.
They will answer questions on how to prepare fish, how to cook the different species featured in the demonstration, the different catch methods involved and also important issues about sustainability.
On Sunday, competitors will be tested and show off their precision skills in a series of competitions that will eventually decide who will be crowned the 61st British Fish Craft Champion.
The Cardiff Harbour Festival will also have a nautical theme, with entertainment for all the family including walkabout entertainment, live music on the bandstand with this year’s Big Gig winner Maddie Jones and a continental market offering an array of produce from across the world.
In keeping with the nautical theme there will also be a pirate-themed fancy dress competition taking place on Sunday.
Cardiff’s council cabinet member for sport, culture and leisure, Councillor Ramesh Patel, said: “The bank holiday weekend will be jam-packed with entertainment as the Cardiff Harbour Festival hosts the Extreme Sailing Series.
“There will be something for all the family to enjoy and best of all, it’s free.
“The weekend will combine top family entertainment with world-class sailing.
“We are delighted to welcome back the Extreme Sailing Series to Cardiff Bay, giving people the opportunity to see the cream of the crop of the sailing world taking to the waters.
“This year the Cardiff Harbour Festival will also feature the Cardiff Bay beach, providing the perfect opportunity for families to relax and unwind.”
Heather Brown, the event development officer, is excited about the weekend’s activities.
“There is so much going on and the weather forecast is not looking too bad either,” she says.
“We have had an amazing Cardiff Harbour Festival this year. The weather has helped and we have seen big numbers at our events.
“I think this is a fitting way of marking summer coming to and end and the fact we have had such a good summer.
“It has been a brilliant summer and this is a great way of rounding it up.”
For more information, visit www.cardiff-festival.com
and on the Extreme sailing here