Seaplane to launch on Windermere!
... and you could be enjoying this magnificent spectacle from the luxury of our Sealine F33 motor cruiser ...
"To fly over water is certainly to taste to the full the joy of flight, and when the water is Windermere and the scenery the pick of English Lakeland, which is to many a traveller the pick of the whole world, in its soft intimate loveliness, the result is something not lightly forgotten." - Gertrude Bacon (courtesy - www.waterbird.org.uk
Re-launching history - Thursday 12th May 2016
Waterbird was the first aeroplane to successfully take off from and alight on water in the British Empire, on 25th November 1911.
The airworthy replica of Waterbird is now under construction by The Lakes Flying Company Limited, and will be known as 'Spirit of Wakefield'. Click here for more detailed information on the history of this magnificent vessel. Photo showreel here.
Testing will take place on Lake Windermere on Thursday 12th May 2016. Times to be confirmed but approximatley 6:45pm.
You could see this once in a lifetime recreation of one of the most significant events in Lake District and aeronautical history - from the luxury of our 34ft motor cruiser!
We can accommodate groups of up to 9 passengers and can also incorporate a tour of the lake (for your chosen duration, see below). We can either anchor in a bay within safe proximity of the launch location, or perhaps we'll stay gently (and safely) on the move so as to maximise your vantage point.
This really is an event not to be missed and you can make it extra special by enjoying it from the luxury, warmth and comfort of our Sealine F33 cruiser...
You are just a few clicks away from securing yourself a "ringside seat" at one of the most exciting events to take place on Windermere in living memory.
The Watebird replica seaplane has been granted special permission to exceed the usual speed restrictions on Windermere and will be launching and landing on the lake on Thursday 12th May 2016.
All the excitement will take place early evening, with the official launch & landings taking place right on Windermere - all of which should be a spectacular sight!
You can book a "Waterbird Viewing Experience" cruise for up to 9 paassengers, including refreshments*. We can incorporate a cruise before and/ or after the event, and are happy to discuss tailoring the experience to exactly match your requirements. Contact us to enquire - there's no obligation!
*Refreshments include soft drinks & nibbles - we're not licensed but you're welcome to bring aboard your own alcohol if you like, we have glasses and a fridge which you're welcome to use.