Bristol Gig Club gets ready for annual regatta to be held in Bristol in April.  With support from Wapping Wharf, the newest harbour side quarter.

Umberslade, the developers behind Wapping Wharf, is sponsoring Bristol Regatta 2016 for the second year running, having also bought a gig boat (a six-oared rowing boat), called Wapping Wharf, for the club last year.

The event, which will take place at Baltic Wharf near the Bristol Marina on Saturday April 2 from 10am, will include gig boat racing throughout the day and there will be plenty for spectators and non-rowers too including a raffle, stalls and BBQ.

Stuart Hatton, director of Umberslade, said: “The regatta chimes perfectly with the community vibe of Bristol’s vibrant harbourside area and we want to continue supporting events like this, which help make this part of the city such a lively, fun and colourful place to live. Bristol has a totally unique character based on its strong sense of localism and independence and we want to nurture that at Wapping Wharf.”

“I’ve tried my hand at rowing a few times and am really looking forward to seeing the Wapping Wharf gig boat take to the water again this year. It’s great to know that our sponsorship of the regatta is helping to support a fantastic community initiative which brings people from across the city and beyond together.”  Stuart adds.WW-Gig-with-Club-lrgGlenn Baker, regatta co-ordinator at Bristol Gig Club, said: “It’s brilliant to have Umberslade’s support again. We are very happy to be working with people who are so actively involved in regenerating this part of Bristol and who are committed to creating a vibrant new dockside neighbourhood for our city.”

Wapping Wharf, a new community-focused neighbourhood for the city, will deliver more than 600 apartments in total. More than 100 residents have now moved into phase 1, which includes 113 private homes, with only one remaining for sale, as well as 55 homes that are operated for private rent by Sovereign. There are an additional 26 affordable homes that form part of the site. This new quarter, which is the final piece in the jigsaw that will complete the regeneration of the iconic floating harbour, will also include independent restaurants, cafes and shops.

Small Street Espresso has already confirmed it will open a new cafe on the site. Meanwhile, there are plans for a ‘foodie’-focused retail hub, named Cargo, comprising 10 recycled shipping container units located in front of Wapping Wharf. An important new connection between the south of Bristol and the city centre is also being created as part of the Wapping Wharf development. Gaol Ferry Steps, which will be tree-lined, will run through from Gaol Ferry Bridge to the new public square.

Wapping Wharf:  www.wappingwharf.co.uk