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Anstruther Muster & Classic Boat Rally 

The Anstruther Muster, first held in 1997 and organised by Anstruther Sailing Club, is an annual gathering of boats from all over the east coast

The Muster has formed part of the Anstruther Harbour Festival since the Festival's inception in 2013 and since 2016 the Muster has been organised by the Festival.

Boats for the Muster generally arrive on the Friday and depart on the Sunday of the Festival weekend,


 Since 2013 the Muster has included a Classic Boat Rally - for  photos of the 2015 Rally see https://www.flickr.com/photos/136961567@N07/albums/72157661143173243

And in 2019 the Muster included a very successful May Isle Flotilla on the Saturday - see https://www.flickr.com/photos/22796770@N06/albums/72157709803110992/with/48345795967/

At its Muster awards ceremony in the music marquee, the Festival awards trophies for :

  • Best Dressed Boat, i.e. best display of flags and bunting
  • Furthest Travelled Boat
  • Smallest Boat
  • Oldest Boat
  • Classic Boat of the Year

Information for skippers on attending the Muster

For those bringing a boat to the Muster, there are likely to be about 20 available spaces on pontoon berths and rafted out on hammerhead pontoons, and up to 20 berths double-rafted at the ladders of the outer harbour wall. The east wall of the outer harbour now has new ladders but note that only the 4 berths closest to the harbpur entrance are suitable for drying out, as the bottom elsewhere on the east pier is rock. The berths on the east wall of the outer harbour have very limited shelter from southerlies or westerlies

The inner harbour wall at the middle pier is reserved for classic boats entered in the Muster's Classic Boat Rally. 

Visiting boats will each receive an ‘Anstruther Muster’ pennant - to be sure of receiving a pennant please give a week's notice of your attendance to AHF Muster Organiser Bill Kennaway (william.kennaway@btopenworld.com)

Fife Council Harbours Dept have in previous years offered reduced harbour dues of £15/ £20/ £25 for 1/ 2/ 3 nights berthing during the Muster, and it is hoped these will apply at the next Muster, but the reduced dues only apply to pier berths.  Pontoon berths, including boats rafted at hammerhead pontoons will be charged at the normal rates.

Information for skippers on attending the Classic Boat Rally  

Boats wishing to register for the Classic Boat Rally should contact AHF Muster organiser  Bill Kennaway (william.kennaway@btopenworld.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 AHF’sMuster organiser

The Festival awards a ‘Classic Boat of the Year’ trophy at its Muster reception on Saturday,  and each participating classic boat receives a  ‘Anstruther Classic Boat Rally 2019’ pennant  (to be sure of your pennant please register at least one week in advance).

The Festival will pay all harbour dues for visiting classic boats

During the Muster information sheets describing the design, construction and history of each Classic Boat are displayed at the quayside adjacent to each boat

Skippers should berth on the inner harbour wall of the middle pier reserved for classic boats. To ensure allocation of a suitable berth, skippers of classic boats wishing to reserve a berth should contact the harbourmaster (Tom.Fyall@fife.gov.uk) and AHF Muster organiser (william.kennaway@btopenworld.com) to give advance notice of their attendance at the Rally.