MarinaFest 2015

A mass of maritime fun was had at a Hartlepool festival and it could become an annual attraction.
The first ever MarinaFest was held in town on Saturday complete with events such as a rafting race, paddle boarding, and the new attraction known as flyboarding.
 It was all based around the Marina and Jacksons Wharf and there was also a chance to enjoy a barbecue and live music.
It all started with an aquathlon which saw athletes tackle a swim and run before other water-based activities got under way.
The fun was organised jointly by Hartlepool Marina, the Jacksons Wharf pub and Trigma.
Hartlepool Marina director Adam Henderson said: “Hopefully this can be an annual event. We have worked together to bring something to the Marina this summer.
“This is a chance for people to see what you can do at the Marina, and to come and have a try.
“It is also an end-of-season celebration, primarily for the berth holders down here, but also for the 
general public to come along.
“We would really like to organise this every year. We will embrace it and hopefully it can get bigger and better year on year.”
Hartlepool Marina is no stranger to big events after playing its part in the town leg of The Tall Ships Races in 2010.
The town also regularly held maritime festivals and Mr Henderson believes the venue is ideal for more success.
Gary Wilson, who set up Trigma with Matt Turnbull, said this year’s MarinaFest was being held to “test the water for bigger and better things to come.”
He said there were hopes of making the event a week-long festival in the future and if that happened it would be “incorporating lots of different things.
It is about bringing people to the Marina 
and using this body of water.”
Matthew John is the manager at Jacksons Wharf which was the setting for the barbecue, for the destination and to “gel it all together.”
He said: “It is good for the area in general.”
“This is a snippet of what is happening and if it can continue in years to come, it could become a big deal.”

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