Borough of Poole Museum and Arts Service has acquired an important Poole yachting trophy in partnership with the Poole yachting community which will be presented to the winner of the Poole Regatta on 30 May 2016.
The Canford Cup was awarded in the fledgling 1849 Poole Regatta by the then MP, Sir John Guest, of Canford Manor. It was won by the yacht The Gleam and then not awarded again for 167 years.
On 30 May, it will be presented by the Mayor of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion to the overall winner of the International Paints Poole Regatta now the third largest regatta in the United Kingdom.
The silver Georgian cup, embossed and engraved with a beautiful yacht racing scene when it was converted into a yachting trophy, has been bought at auction in London by Poole Museum. The purchase was funded by donations to the museum and from the yachting community coordinated by Peter Burt of the Poole Maritime Trust.
Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure, Borough of Poole, said: “At the Poole Boat Show this month I had the chance to hold this magnificent trophy, thanks to the Poole Maritime Trust. It’s an important part of Poole’s history which is coming back to the town, and I’d encourage everyone to take a look when the trophy goes on display this summer."
Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “It is important and innovative that the Museum has engaged so closely with the yachting community to share the cost of the acquisition and the benefit of having the Canford Cup back in Poole”.
Following the presentation to the winner of the Poole Regatta, the Canford Cup will return to Poole Museum, where it will be on display with the winner’s photograph and name alongside it.