Our textile designer, Sophie Chadwick, creates an array of beautiful prints for each of our collections. After exploring Daymer Bay on the north Cornish coast, Sophie created a set of intricate patterns that reminded her of the area. Here are a few of her latest prints… Read the rest of this entry »
Our latest collection is inspired by the view from Daymer Bay on the north Cornish coast. It’s here that the River Camel finally meets the sea, leaving behind the summertime bustle of Rock and Padstow and reaches the wilder north coast. Read the rest of this entry »
Our latest collection has seen us exploring North Cornwall, from Wenford Bridge to Wadebridge and then onto Rock. Our photography team have been finding beautiful locations to shoot in, including artists’ studios and beautiful beaches.
Here’s a little peek behind the scenes of our latest photo-shoot:
This week we’ve been reminiscing about our weekend at Port Eliot Festival. It was lovely to meet so many of our customers so we wanted to share our “How To Make A Fabric Fish” workshop with those of you who couldn’t join us! It’s a great rainy day activity, something we seem to be having a lot of at the moment!
We love any excuse to get out on the water, and a regatta gives us the perfect excuse to ditch the desks and jump aboard a boat to cheer on sailing crews.
The summer months are the ideal time for boat races, waters are calmer and the weather balmy, (although being in Cornwall we take this with a pinch of salt and make sure we have a trusty Seafolly in hand) and we’re lucky enough to have lots of events taking place right on our doorsteps.
Falmouth Week Regatta starts today. Both beginners and experts will take to the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay in a series of races, there are events throughout the town as well as the eagerly anticipated Champagne Race.
The annual Champagne Race takes place on Wednesday, culminating in a display from the Red Arrows. This traditional race earned its name after avid sailor Lord Shawcross and his friend, Jack Silley, broke free from the main race they were taking part in in 1951 and raced between themselves to settle the result. The loser graciously presented the winner with a case of champagne and so the tradition was born. All types of boat can take place in this race and seeing all the boats out in the bay is a real highlight of the week.
The Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta is also taking place this week, celebrating their 120th regatta!
The Fowey Regatta (16th-22nd August) is one not be missed. Aside from a full programme of races, there’s also a carnival through the town, sandcastle competitions, gig rowing, crab catching competitions, closing with a fireworks display over the Fowey River.
The Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place over the 27th – 29th August. The annual regatta on the River Dart started back in 1822, and after a visit from Queen Victoria in the 1850s it was granted Royal status. This year, nearly 300 boats will be taking to the water, local rowing teams will battle it out to become champions, and aircraft including the Red Arrows will take to the skies for spectacular air demonstrations.
Good luck to everyone taking part in a regatta this month, and if you’re going along to support pop into one of our shops and say hi, we’ll be in the regatta spirit.
We’re heading to the Port Eliot Festival (30th July – 2nd August) to host a range of fun and creative workshops one of which will be ‘Embellish a Seasalt Sailor Shirt’ – so to get everyone in the Port Eliot spirit the teams at the Design Studios were challenged to customise our classic striped shirt, with the winner receiving a ticket to the festival!
Challenge accepted and Sailor Shirts in hand we were told to go forth a create. After a week of snipping, sewing and dying we reassembled in the Show Room for the judging….
Everyone was blown away by the quality of the new shirts, each design was completely different and ranged from embellishments and embroidery to complete redesigns. We were particularly taken with Sarah Jane’s seafarer embroidery – even Pepé the office puppy got a feature.
After a tough round of judging, Laura, our Design Director, announced the winner …
…Lucy for turning her Sailor Shirt into a corset! Well done, Lucy.
All of the custom shirts will be on display at Port Eliot so make sure you pop by and see them. We’ll be running our customising workshops at 10am Friday – Sunday so come along and create your own, we can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Not far from our little shop in Rock is Porthilly Farm, owned and operated by the Marshall family since 1918. But this farm does not just work the land; since the early 1980s it has also been an oyster, mussel and clam farm! Read the rest of this entry »
There’s only one week to go until Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival kicks off for another year, and we can’t quite contain our excitement!
Sit back, pour yourself a class of cool, Cornish beer and relive the highlights of last years festival in the film above from Idenna. To really get you in the shanty spirit, we’ve even got the lyrics to the Fisherman’s Friends ‘No Hopers, Jokers & Rogues’ so you can sing along while you watch! Read the rest of this entry »
The rugged Cornish coastline presents a hazard today for many, but in the 17th Century (even before Poldark’s day!) it presented a particular hazard for any large ship looking to dock in Cornwall’s little harbours. The solution was found in a small, wooden rowing boat that could be swiftly and expertly navigated to the ship, along with the harbour pilot to safely guide the ship in.
Jobs went to the first pilot that arrived on board, so this craft needed to be lightweight, built for speed, manoeuvrability and with plenty of room for pilots or trade. Where other harbour pilots around the UK used sails, the Cornish used pure, hard-core manpower because this was proven to be the fastest way to head into prevailing winds off the South West coast.
With gig builders racing to build the best gigs, it was William Peters of St Mawes who gained a reputation for building the fastest and most seaworthy of crafts. In 1838, it was his gig, the ‘Treffry’, which became the standard specification by which all other gigs followed. In fact, the original ‘Treffry’ is still actively rowed today by the Newquay Rowing Club!
With the introduction of the motor boat, pilot gigs became disserved, but plenty of men continued to race them for fun. There are now over 100 gig and rowing clubs around the world that use Cornish Pilot Gigs, including as far afield as Australia and Canada, and many hold major events that attract hundreds and thousands of spectators. One such event is happening this Sunday in Devon. On Sunday 31st May, the Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club will be hosting the Salcombe Rowing and Gig Regatta. The club continues to use three Cornish Pilot Gigs: the ‘Bolt’, the ‘Cadmus’ and the ‘Wolf’. For details visit: http://www.salcomberowing.co.uk/
Why not pop into our Seasalt Salcombe shop while you’re in town and shop the rowing look? Oars at the ready everyone!