Sidmouth Regatta raises more than £1,000 for RNLI

Competitors head off from Port Royal in the Sidmouth Regatta three legged race on Saturday. Photo by

Competitors head off from Port Royal in the Sidmouth Regatta three legged race on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7283-35-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to and click on Photo Orders. - Credit: Archant

THE 2013 Sidmouth Regatta event proved a huge success, and has raised more than £1,000 for the RNLI.

“It went very well indeed,” said Oliver Salter of the Regatta Committee, which organises the annual event.

“It was much beter than last year’s turnout. The weather helped, obviously, although generally the town was quieter than normal.”

On the Saturday there were sailing races, a three-legged race and a raft race.

Eight rafts – a much improved entry on last year – battled it out, with close racing all the way. However the lifeguards team, which originally came second, were disqualified for having an illegal craft.

A cycle, donated by WV Fish, was raffled with a good response. It was won by a visitor staying at the Royal York.

In the evening there was a spectacular fireworks display, with an 8-in mortar that “lit up all of Sidmouth”.

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Sunday was the main day for children’s events. These ranged from pavement art drawing to a fancy-dress competition with prizes – donated by Gliddons toy shop - for the judges’ favourites.

There was also a fiercely competed treasure hunt with nearly 40 entries.

Listed below are the names of all the winners who took part in the numerous events, along with thanks to all the many sponsors – without whom the event simply could not have taken place.

Three-Legged Race:

Fancy Dress: 1 Festival Rejects, Janet Ackford and Trina Cooper; 2 Super Robman, Leanne Bennett and Donna Barnard; 3 One Dalmation, Gina Jenkin and Irene Lund.

Male Race: 1 Dragon Slayers, Fez and Moo Amin; 2 Scorpion Elite, Alan Ritchie and Barry Wolfenden.

Female Race: 1 Cow Girls, Vicky Morris and Christie Bryant; 2. The Two Sandy’s, Pauline and Sharon Denning.

Raft Race:

Fancy Dress: 1 Trust in Us, Sue Willey, Kate French, Dawn Lake and Shelia Tallon; 2 Scimitar of Sinbad, Rachel Hill, Barry Morton, Alan Cordey, Ray Badcock and Charlie Morton.

Raft Races:

1 Saints and Sinners, John Felton, B Lowden, Gareth Smith, Malcolm Crabtree, Mark Barrett and John Montgomery; 2 Trust in Us, Sue Willey, Kate French, Dawn Lake and Shelia Tallon.

Children’s Drawing:

1 James, 12; 2 Libby, 10; 3 Eloise, 9; 4 Chloe, 9; 5 Evie,8; 6 Millie, 8; 7 Oliver, 8; 8 Posy,7; 9 Ramzey, 6; 10 Emma, 5; 11 Taylan, 5; 12 Luke, 3; 13 Edie, 1.

Children’s Fancy Dress:

0-5 years: 1 Pirate with Eye Patch, MorganVincent; 2 RAF Toddler Squadron, Edie Parker; 3 Pink Jellyfish, Kayra Coombes.

6-8 years: 1 Mr Strong, Edward Day; 2 Cowboy and Horse, William Morris; 3 Egyptian Mummy – Ayrton Rose.

9 and over: 1 Cow, Molly Garrett; 2 Kate with Baby George, Chloe Beard.

Treasure Hunt: 1 Edward Day; 2 The Clapps.

Shop Window Competition:

1 Fearn Leigh and Jojo Eden from Temple Street.

Swimming Races: U13 Richard Briggs; Adult Rachael Vincent.

Sailing Races:

Scorpions: 1 Barry and Linda Wolfenden, Chipstead SC; 2 Janet and Alan Ritchie, Chipstead SC; 3 James Salter and Hope Brodie, Sidmouth SC; 4 Alex and Andy Hayman, Sidmouth SC; 5 Miles Hapgood and Steve Smith, Sidmouth SC; 6 Nick Jennings and Connor Fitch, Sidmouth SC.

Lasers: 1 Stuart Aplin, Beer SC; 2 Bob Vince, Sidmouth SC; 3 Mike Taylor, Beer SC; 4 Barney Croft, Sidmouth SC; 5 Paul Whitlow, Beer SC.

Feva: 1 Jack Rea and Kyle Fitch, Sidmouth SC; 2 Oliver Moore-Jones and Michael Elsom, Sidmouth SC.

Toppers: 1 Charlie Smith, Sidmouth SC; 2 Willow Casbolt-Grant, Sidmouth SC.

The Regatta Committee would like to thank the following for their support of the weekend:

The Mocha, Prospect Plaice, Nosh Smoothie, Fords of Sidmouth, Potburys of Sidmouth, The Clock Tower Restaurant, National Westchem, Bagwells Ltd, Royal York and Faulkner Hotel, Michelmores – Solicitors, Hunters Moon Hotel, Delderfields, AJ Mounstephen, John Nicolle – Holmdale Surgery, Ian Winchester and Sons, Hotel Riviera, The Kingswood and Devoran Hotels, Dukes, Gliddons Toy Centre, Royal Glen Hotel, Harrison Lavers and Potburys, Adrian and Jules at The Swan, Easterbrook Eaton Ltd, St John Ambulance, East Devon Physio Sports Clinic, Challice Architects, Housewares Ltd, Hotel Elizabeth, Jim at W V Fish Cycle Shop, Goviers of Sidmouth, The Port Royal Club, Sidmouth Sailing Club, Sidmouth Sea Angling Club, East Devon District Council, The Volunteer Inn, The Radway Inn, The Anchor Inn, The Black Horse, C & C Electrical, The Sidmouth Herald.