Sidmouth Regatta excitement grows

ORGANISERS of Sidmouth Regatta are hoping for sunshine when the event takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Programmes for a fun-filled two days of festivities are available at Sidmouth Tourist Information Centre or Delderfields from Monday (August 9).

The tradition, staged on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, provides fun for local families and visitors wishing to join in - and a more serious side for those taking part in sailing races.

Entrants for an annual three-legged race, which starts at Port Royal at 1pm on the Saturday, are welcome.

Competitors are reminded they should wear some form of buoyancy aid, which is mandatory for all entrants aged below 16.

This year’s musical entertainment will be provided by Southern Scene, fronted by Neil ‘Bav’ Bavingdon, and the evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display.

The format of the regatta has barely changed since Sidmouth Sailing Club formed a committee to revive the event 21 years ago.

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“Now this year, in conjunction with the local RNLI branch, it’s hoped we’ll be well supported to celebrate those 21 years,” said Keith Knight, regatta organiser.

“We’re most grateful to the local businesses and hotels who continue to support this event. Without that support the regatta would not happen. More support is always welcome,” he added.

The regatta has boosted the local RNLI branch with collections during Saturday evening events. Exmouth Lifeboat will pay a courtesy visit after a raft race, weather and operational duties permitting.

Sunday events are for children and their families. Pavement drawing, which has attracted up to 200 youngsters in recent years, fancy dress and a treasure hunt are among highlights with prizes and free to enter.

A shop window competition, which can be entered through buying a �1.50 programme, will offer a cash prize.

Entrants are encouraged to look in shops for a numbered disc. Those taking part will display a poster.

Owners of W V Fish Cycle Shop in Temple Street have donated a junior bicycle for a raffle.

To support the event contact Keith on (01395) 515707.