2017 Anstruther Muster - Friday 26 to Sunday 28 May
The 2017 Muster will again be part of the Anstruther Harbour Festival, which is a community festival with the aim of celebrating the maritime traditions of the historic royal burghs of Anstruther Easter, Anstruther Wester and Kilrenny & Cellardyke.
The Anstruther Harbour Festival will have a wide range of maritime-themed events and activities for the benefit of visiting yachtsmen, local residents and holidaymakers alike
This year's Muster starts on Friday 26th with the usual Pipe Band Parade, Scottish Country Dance display and ceilidh in the Festival's big marquee, with licensed bar and hot food
On Saturday and Sunday, there will be the Festival's Anster Fair’ with big marquee and food and craft traders, street entertainers, and live music all day and evening
Award of Muster trophies will be in the Muster marquee at 8pm on Saturday evening, with trophies for Furthest Travelled Boat, Best Dressed Boat, Smallest Boat and Oldest Boat.
And for the 20th anniversary, visiting boats will get 'Anstruther Muster 2017’ pennants, and there will be a photographic display of 20 years of Muster history in the Muster marquee
The Muster again includes the Classic Boat Rally, now in its 5th year - note that harbour dues for clsasics will be reimbursed by ASC, and special Anster Clssssic Boat Rally 2017 pennants will be provided by ASC
Other events over the weekend are :
Scottish Fisheries Museum Open Day – Saturday
Museum’s 70’ Reaper sailing drifter again open to the public – Saturday and Sunday
Model Boat Club exhibition Saturday and Sunday
Anstruther Lifeboat Open Day - Saturday
Boatyard tour/ talk showing the restoration work in progress in the Museum's workshop - Saturday and Sunday
Boat Jumble : the Muster/Festival will include a Boat Jumble organised by the Reaper Boats Club with funds raised to go to the Reaper Restoration Fund. ASC members are encouraged to look out their boat junk. For more details see http://www.anstrutherharbourfestival.co.uk/index.php
See the Harbour Festival website for full information on the 2017 Festival - http://www.anstrutherharbourfestival.co.uk/index.php
Notice to mariners - for those thinking of bringing a boat to the Muster, there are a limited number of pontoon berths that can be booked with the harbourmaster on 01333 310836.
However no booking is needed for the berths on the wall of the outer harbour wall. Note also that the pontoon area practically dries and deep keel boats will need to lie against the harbour walls.
In 2013 a new row of pontooons was installed on the outer wall of the inner harbour, hence this section of the quayside is no longer available to deep keel boats. Deep keel boats will still be able to lie against the wall of the outer harbour
The inner harbour wall at the middle pier is reserved for classic boats entered in the Muster's Classic Boat Rally. Skippers of classic boats wishing to take part in the Rally are asked to contact the harbourmaster (Tom.Fyall@fife.gov.uk) and ASC Hon Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) to give advance notice of their attendance at the Rally, so that they can be allocated a suitable berth
Boats wishing to register for the Classic Boat Rally should contact ASC Hon Secretary email@example.com, criteria for a classic boat being generally wooden or steel hulled, but also GRP if a descendant of a wooden hull design and with enough wood trim to pass as a classic, or boats of “classic” design of any period or construction form, subject to the discretion of ASC Hon Secretary.
ASC awards a trophy for the Best Classic Boat at the Muster, and for Furthest Travelled Boat, Oldest Boat and Smallest Boat
During the Muster information sheets describing the design, construction and history of each Classic Boat are displayed at the quayside adjacent to each boat