The harbour and
The Harbour And The Community
Wells Harbour Commissioners (WHC) and the Harbour Executive support many community events and permit use of the harbour and quayside wherever possible. WHC are keen to support requests that benefit and promote Wells-next-the-sea.
North Norfolk Triathlon
There was another fantastic turnout for the North Norfolk Triathlon on 4th September 2016 which raises money for the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust. The Olympic distance event, now in its ninth year is more popular than ever and saw entries from 304 individuals and 16 relay teams.
The 1.5km swim in the quay was split into three waves followed by a 40km cycle route around the villages of North Norfolk returning to the quayside for a 10km run down the sea wall into the Holkham woods and returning along the beach back to the finish at the quay.
The winner of the male competition was Simon Hoppe in a time of 02:06:01, ahead of Wells man Niall McCallum finishing second in a time of 02:06:15. The ladies competition was won by Amy Ogden in a time of 02:17:15. Local family Team O'Neil came first in the relay for the fourth time with a time of 02:00:04.
The triathlon is considered one of North Norfolk's most prestigious sporting events and one of the most enjoyable amateur triathlons in the country for competitors due to its unique venue and friendly atmosphere with encouragement from watching spectators and marshals who are all unpaid and volunteer from the local area making it a real community event.
The annual RNLI Service
This annual event is enjoyed by townsfolk and visitors. WHC ensure space is made available at the visiting pontoons for the arrival of the lifeboat and give up space on the quay for people to come and enjoy the service and hymns to honour our lifeboat crew. WHC did receive concerns about the number of visiting vessels at the pontoons at the time of the service, however it is peak season and WHC make every endeavours to ensure that the event is not compromised and were delighted that the RNLI received record donations from the visiting craft.
WHC have since the inception of Christmastide organised the arrival of Santa for this unique and fantastic event. WHC sponsored a Christmas Tree and work in collaboration with Wells Lighting committee. The quayside is used for crowds to witness the lantern procession coming down Staithe Street to the quay and more importantly to welcome Santa who visits Wells each year arriving on the tide from the North Sea by boat.
The Annual Raft Race is held each year by the Carnival Committee and Harbour staff organise the course and supply safety boats.
WHC support the event and help organisers with the pirate boat trips.
Support for the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust (WHMT)
The Harbour Master and staff organised a Fun on the Water day for the WHMT to benefit school children from Wells Primary which involved kayaking activities. These events are available to any local schools so do get in touch if you would like your school involved. In addition kayak safaris were held which enabled adults and accompanied children to take to the water and enjoy the harbour from a different perspective. Demand was so great that following the first safari a further two were arranged. No charge was made to the participants who were able to borrow kayaks and buoyancy aids for free but the Trust is very grateful to those who made donations. Due to the popularity of the event, these will be organised again next year. The Harbour Master also gives many talks to groups and institutions throughout the year donating his fees to the Trust.
Wells Harbour Commissioners make no charge of use of the quay or their time to support these activities and car park income is foregone.