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Fun in the sun at regatta

PUBLISHED: 09:15 03 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:51 08 September 2016

James Trevett, Graham French, Mike Leworthy, Harry Thompson and Lewis and Jake Voss were part of the winning fancy dress team in the raft race with the X Wing from Star Wars. Picture: Jud Lascelles

James Trevett, Graham French, Mike Leworthy, Harry Thompson and Lewis and Jake Voss were part of the winning fancy dress team in the raft race with the X Wing from Star Wars. Picture: Jud Lascelles

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Numbers were up for this year’s Sidmouth Regatta, with crowds enjoying a packed programme of family fun.

Following the Red Arrow spectacle the night before, boats took to the water on Saturday morning for sailing races.

In the afternoon, participants hobbled to the start line for the three-legged race around six of the town’s pubs. It was won by Vicky Morris and Chris Helyar.

Sidmouth Regatta committee member Oliver Salter said: “We were happy with the whole weekend generally and, although numbers were up on last year, they were not as good as was the norm for several years ago. The raft race was well-supported, however, and a lot of effort was put in by competitors.”

The committee received more entries into the raft race following an appeal for increased participation.

James Trevett, Graham French, Mike Leworthy, Harry Thompson and Lewis and Jake Voss were named the winners of the fancy dress competition - proving they were from a galaxy far far away by building the X-Wing ship from Star Wars.

James said: “There was twice as many rafts this year. I think the weather may have helped as it was a perfect day for it.

“It would be good to have even more entries next year and make some good rivalries between teams.

“Winning was nice, but, honestly, it was just a good laugh and we will be back bigger and better for next year.”

Live music from Service and Reception drew in crowds before the grand fireworks display. The spectacle was organised by Firebird Fireworks and described as the ‘best-ever’ - raising just under £1,300 for the RNLI and capping off a successful first day.

On Sunday, poor weather forced some of the children’s activities indoors, but youngsters still enjoyed a variety of activities including a treasure hunt, fancy dress and a drawing competition organised by Oliver’s wife Adele.

Oliver added: “Obviously the Red Arrows were brilliant and a huge draw for the Friday and gridlocked the town before and after the display purely due to the number of visitors attending.”

On behalf of the committee, he thanked all the businesses and hotels which sponsored and donated prizes to the regatta.

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