Update re visit to Festival de Loire d’Orleans

The Society has reviewed its position regarding the transportation of Gifford to France.  The Society’s priority is obviously to ensure the safety and integrity of the vessel.  Due to there still being unresolved matters concerning the safe procedures for transporting the boat to and from France and the time frame for addressing these issues appears now to be too short, the risk assessment for this phase of the project cannot be satisfactorily signed off.  Consequently, we have had to make the disappointing decision not to take Gifford to France.

However, the society is still very keen to have a presence at the Festival in the display areas which have been offered and we are currently working towards achieving that.