The Historical Maritime Society (HMS - geddit?) demonstrated their replica of an 18th century frigate's launch at Beale Park.
The replica is very impressive, 23ft long and pretty well made and accurate as far as I could see. The costumes looked good, giving an excellent impression of what a naval crew would have looked like in the age before uniforms.
Most of the crew needed to lose a couple of stone and at least three decades to look the part properly though.
Their rowing needs to sharpen up too. The authentic rowlocks, simple slots in the gunwale, obviously limit the swing of the oar but they must be able to come forward more and lean back a little further. Arms straight, boys!
And their timing is awful.
Apart from that, a top job.