Gig and Punt 'pirate' ditty 2017

We are pirates brave and bold

Some are young and some quite old

And now we’re going to sing our song

Then drink our beers and we’ll be gone

 

Back in 1817

We started our regatta thing

AJ, Clarrie, Stoyle and Tate

All are back to celebrate

 

Our legends crew has lots of Otts

Drinking rum both tots and shots

Captain Ray looks quite the same

He’s left behind his Zimmer frame

 

Two crew from the family Bell

Father, son but who can tell

In the river we’ll first send

Cause that’s where we’ll see one Bell end

 

Our younger team is one to fear

Rough and tough in designer gear

They will holler and they will shout

They think they know what it’s all about

 

On the beach before leaving:

Now it’s time for us to go

Jump in our boats off we row

We’ll go near and we’ll go far

As long as we can find a bar

 

Written by Leigh Extence

Round up of Regatta 2017

August Bank holiday Monday saw the end of another wonderful ten days of both water-based and shore-based events that make up the Shaldon Regatta, this year being the 200th anniversary since the first Regatta run in 1817. And what a week it was, the weather and the events making it in most people’s opinion the finest in living memory, with record sunshine and record entries, combined with some wonderful extra events to mark the milestone.

It all kicked off on Sunday afternoon, the 20th of August, with the Grand Opening of the bi-centenary Shaldon Regatta following the traditional first day Marathon row from Dawlish to Shaldon which had to undertake a course change as the weather made the tide conditions somewhat difficult. A new course was set along the opposite coastline with the start from Watcombe allowing for shelter from the cliffs and respite from the choppy swell. A battle ensued for the Men’s Pairs rowing for the Chirney Cup with Patrick Forster and Simon Putt holding off last year’s winners, local brothers James & Charlie Stoyle. The women were racing for the Sarah Jane Cup and at the final reckoning Sandra McCard and Lucy Bufton managed to keep ahead of the previous winners, Donna Bell and Yvonne Hudson, although this latter pairing did have the consolation of taking home the Duchess Cup for ladies over-45.

On Monday morning the sun shone brightly in time for the ever-popular Beach Rounders for the Simons trophy, with the Non-Runners proving victorious in a well-fought final.

By the evening the shore-line had become a mass of shovels, spades and buckets all used for digging and building frantically in trying to stem the flow of the fast-running tide in the King Canute competition with a record breaking number of budding builders in evidence. A wonderful calm and balmy hour saw the Non-Runners continue their winning efforts from earlier by taking the prize for any five persons in a team, whilst the event that had to have three under thirteen years of age was won by the James Powles led She is Going to Blow team and that which had to have all participants under thirteen was won by The Mermaid’s Crew captained by Alannah Williams.

On Tuesday morning a gentle breeze gave the sailors in the first of the weeks Otter dinghy races an excellent chance to get in some enjoyable sailing in the two-man craft, with races for both youngsters and visitors, allowing some less-experienced helms to take advantage of their more accomplished crew. There was some excellent sailing with a few well-known names taking the honours including Olly Goldby winning the Engagement Trophy for visitors ably crewed by Sarah Stoyle.

In the afternoon the always competitive Beach Volleyball took place with some outstanding sportsmanship and athleticism running throughout the tournament. The final saw the Teignmouth Tourists once again prove victorious and return across the harbour having retained the Mariners Weigh Shield in front of a large, noisy and colourful crowd, proving that the beaches of Rio are no match for the golden sands of Shaldon.

An early Wednesday morning start for a relatively new event for the Regatta, Beach Netball for the Shaldon Marine Trophy saw the Seagulls, resplendent in their turquoise kit show their prowess in winning and excellent final.

Rowing races in the afternoon included the prestigious Alice Cup for the Ladies Single Sculls, won by the previous year’s winner, Rachel Palmer, whilst the Cyril Extence handicap cup for boys 12 to 15 was won by last year’s runner-up William Annal, who was also victorious in the Palmer Cup later in the day. And it was good to see the Regatta chairman Mark Pile win the Generation Cup alongside his son Matt. It was fitting then that the John Pile Cup for Men’s Pair Oars was won by Will Burton alongside another Annal, William’s’ father Mark.

A lovely calm evening came with the first of the Seine boat races, this set being for the older crews! The Wrinkley Rollocks, coxed by Ben Smith took both the Veteran’s Trophy for the over 45’s with a crew of Dave Thornton, Chris Thornton, Matt Rawlinson and Bruce Dopson whilst the Old Codgers Cup for the over-55’s was one by last year’s winners, the Ring of Feathers, with a crew of Drew Astbury, Bob Deacon, Roger Bufton and Pete Holden. The Old Bat’s Trophy for those ladies over forty-five years old, was one by the James Stoyle coxed Ding Bats crewed by the evergreen Jane Ott, Carla Field, Suzie Ashleigh-Thomas and Angela Howell.

Thursday morning saw the first of the Happy-Go-Lucky water sports take place with a slight breeze greeting the swimmers with various names reaching the podium including Henry Beaulah, winner of the Frank Smith Memorial Cup for local boys under 12, and Ella Quartley, who took the Miriam McCarthy Cup for the first local woman over 15 years old to complete 100 yards.

Immediately following the swimming the Otter dinghy two-man sailing dinghies took to the harbour for another round of challenges with Trudie Fell, crewed by Sammy Fell, taking the Ott-over-the-Top trophy for the first visitor under forty-five whilst Simon Fell was first over the line in the helms over forty-five race to take the Wallace Mole Cup, this time with Trudie Fell as crew.

By the afternoon with the sun still shining high in the sky the Regatta dinghies took to the water for a set of rowing races including the Blue Riband event of the Regatta, the Cotgrave Cup for Mens’ Single Sculls. This proved a fascinating tussle with last year’s winner James Stoyle once again proving his stamina. Chris Clarance, a stalwart of many Regatta’s past, showed he staill had what it takes by winning two trophies in one race; the Abrams Folley Trophy for the first man 65 years or older as well as the Frank Thomas Cup awarded to the first man across the line.

And so the great weather that had blessed the week continued on Friday morning as the youngsters donned their swimming gear to undertake another series of Happy-go-Lucky water-sports races run from the shoreline out into the river. The Roger Hook Cup for the first local boy home for boys not yet 12 years was won by Sammy Mayhew, whilst the Benjamin Cup for boys 12 to 15 years was won by his brother Archie Mayhew, his second swimming trophy of the week. The first local girl not yet 12 to cross the line was Lauren Brown, who took home the Suzanne Hook Cup to add to two others won the previous day.

Friday afternoon is always reserved for the fun races on the water with most participants knowing that a wet dunking is bound to happen at some point, and so it proved. After a morning of kayak races, in which Rachel Palmer showed that it wasn’t just dinghies she was proficient in by winning the Ness Gift Shop ladies race, the afternoon brought out an odd assortment of outboard motors for the Row-and-Motor events. The continuing great weather help keep the spirits up and there were both the usual names on the winners list as well as a few new ones. Chris Deacon kept up the family tradition in the Seagull outboard race to win the Jack Matthews Trophy, with husband, and last year’s winner, Rob coming in second, with the Deacon family’s prowess in this event becoming almost as traditional as the Regatta itself. Mark and William Annal continuing their impressive week by taking the John Player Trophy with one participant rowing a leg and the other taking over with the outboard engine. The Nags Race was once again won by husband and wife team James and Charlotte Stoyle, with the blindfolded rower James showing he knows his place.

By the evening most participants had taken an hour or two to get dry before taking part in the Treasure Hunt by boat, a fiendishly difficult event with clues set both on-shore and on the water. Previous runners-up, The Nomads made up of the Stoyle family ended up worthy winners.

Another glorious day dawned on Saturday as youngsters and adults alike took their places for the Sandcastle competition. The usual high standard of building was in evidence with many of the younger architects having obviously put a lot of thought into their castles.

After lunch the Gig & Punt crew emerged from the Teignmouth side to regale the crowd with a re-enactment of days of yore when the bigger gig, with the larger crew, would race the smaller, but faster, punt out to the waiting boats to pilot them into harbour and therefore get paid for their efforts. For the 200-year celebration a second gig joined the fun, the crew made up of a number of previous members from years gone by and who gave an excellent account of themselves.

Prior to this, some serious sailing had taken place with the Jolly Boat Challenge cup, won by Ben Flower, being fought over at the same time as the under-18’s were battling for the Amory Cup, with Bruno Brett taking the line honours in his RS Feva.

Having finished the sandcastles, many of the younger competitors took part in the Beach Sports with many old favourites on the starting sheet, including the Three-legged race, the Egg-and-Spoon race and the Obstacle races.

The Tug-of-War in the afternoon was as competitive as ever with the New Quay Originals crossing the Teign to once again pull themselves to victory for the Coronation Cup, defeating the Gig and Punt crew who were still getting over their exertions of earlier, whilst the Seagulls also returned a the previous year’s winners to take the Graeme Challenge Cup for the Ladies.

The holiday Sunday was set aside for a number of special bi-centenary events, and is another fun day for the Regatta. To start the day’s proceedings various teams assembled for the beach five-a-side knock-out competition that is proving more and more popular each year. An abundance of skills, not to mention shirt colours, brightened the proceedings with the Royal Standard Cup going to eventual winners, a regular Regatta entrants, the Dagmar Street Devils. By mid-morning Shaldon beach was packed, with many remarking that they hadn’t seen so many people congregate for the Regatta, all in place to watch a further set of Seine boat races in glorious evening sunshine, with the Eric Yeo Memorial Trophy going to the Beach Crew coxed by Catherine Lovell whilst the Dora March Trophy for the Ladies went, once again to that fine team of lady rowers, and one of the rivers most successful, the Gatecrashers, coxed by Clive Luxton with a crew of Lucy Barczok, Helen O’Hora, Kelly Laness and Sue Heath.

Some excellent children’s entertainment was taking place on the beach, all waiting for the evening’s festivities to begin, starting with the annual Shaldon Regatta’s Great Duck Race, with over 1,500 of the well-trained yellow friends taking part, soon had punters reaching for their betting slips. The winning trainer was Jill King.

And on to one of the highlights of the 200-year celebration, the Nautical Pageant and Flotilla of bedecked boats parading around the harbour in all their glory, with some rather special and historical vessels taking part, including the Morgan-Giles built Louly that powered past its original birth place on the Teignmouth back-beach with much pride. It was hoped that two-hundred craft, of all shapes and sizes, would take part, with the final number being two-hundred-and-one. Dancing to a live band on the beach was followed by one of the most wonderful firework displayed seen outside of London on a New Year’s eve, drawing gasps and applause from the huge crowd, on both sides of the river, enjoying a special evening.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the finish of the Regatta, with the morning taken up with the excellent Beach Kricket tournament in which the Lockyer Cup was awarded to the winning team, the Derek’ Demons along with the Bristol Taverner’s Trophy to the most promising young cricketer going to Sam Stone and the Gillespie Woods Trophy for Best Lady Kricketer going to Kate Quartermain and the Reg Astbury Trophy for the overall most outstanding player awarded to Todd Powell.

The world famous Pillow Fight on a pole took centre stage in the afternoon, an event in which old scores are settled, new rivalries are planted and pantomime villains come to the fore. The Mark Platt Memorial Trophy for Men 16 and over was won by Mike Sutton whilst in the Ladies event Marta Lewin held-off all challengers to win the Sandra Surgenor Shield for ladies 16 and over.

It was then onto the prize giving with retiring chairman Mark Pile doing the honours after thirty-five years in the hot-seat, to be followed by the Grand Draw for the Regatta dinghy, with the most important trophies being presented, those for the youngsters who, in the opinion of the committee, have bought up the best showing for the week. There was no real surprise when the Clarance Cup, for those under eighteen years old, was jointly awarded to the very worthwhile participants, Will Annal and Archie Mayhew; with the Hulbert Trophy for those under sixteen years old won jointly by last year’s recipient Maisy Harbert and Ella Quartley both of whom also had a tremendous week and the De Vey trophy for youngsters under twelve years old won once again by William Burton. The Spirit of Regatta Trophy, now in its’ fourth year, is awarded for effort, enthusiasm and sportsmanship to a junior who is not a winner but shows spirit and embraces the ethos of the Regatta, and this summer it went to Mackenzie Podstatzky.

Mark then drew out the winning draw ticket for either a Regatta dinghy or £750 cash to end a most splendid celebratory and successful Regatta with the winner being Lucy Pitts. And it is to Lucy that we turn to sum up the whole week having posted on the Regatta website: Well done Shaldon Regatta for another fantastic week. The perfect mix of fun and fierce competition with an absolutely fantastic highlight of the fireworks on Sunday. I’m proud to have won the 200th anniversary dinghy. Rest assured she’ll be put to good use!

Written by Leigh Extence

Junior Rowing programme starts!

This year's Junior Rowing programme starts tonight, Monday 26th June 2017 and runs each Monday until 14th August. Come and register on Shaldon Beach by the Ferry Shelter from 6pm each week. All children six years and older are invited to come along to learn to row in our regatta dinghies with the support of a cox. All equipment is provided. The cost is £1 per child per session.

We look forward to seeing you on the beach!

Kit yourself out in a special 200 year anniversary polo shirt!

Why not kit yourself out in our Polo shirts especially designed to celebrate our 200 years?

They are available to pre order for £15 and are available in XXL, XL, L, M and S in mens and womens fit and age 7-8, 9-11, 12-13 and 14-15 for children.

Please place your order before 30th July to Alec Collyer, 6 Laurel Lane, Shaldon, Devon TQ14 0AL. Please make cheques payable to Shaldon Regatta and include your name, mobile number and shirt sizes on the back of your cheque.

There will be a SMALL number of shirts available to buy during the Regatta.

What a Regatta!

Well......what a Regatta this year was! The best weather.........the most competitors.........the most children taking part..........the most fun........and the busiest village for at least 9 or 10 years.

All the regular events were packed with competitors and the team events were oversubscribed. We added a new event, to our packed schedule of 132 events, the Beach Netball, which proved a great success. This involved mixed teams of men, women and youngsters which emphasised the family atmosphere of Regatta.

In the rowing events it was great to see so many youngsters taking part. Many of these had attended our Monday night rowing sessions throughout the summer and came along to test out their new found or honed skills, and had great fun doing so.

Results of all of the events and some brilliant pictures are on our website for you to re-live some of the best moments.

All our draw tickets for the superb Regatta Dinghy sold out, and for another year the lucky winner lives in the village.

All our Ducks sold out as well, and had a great race around the harbour pool.

We thank all of you who bought Ducks and draw tickets, Boat sponsors, our patrons and of course all of you who added to our bucket collections, as the money raised is how we can afford to put on Shaldon Regatta every year, which this year cost around £15000, including boat maintenance.

We hope you all enjoyed the 9 days either taking part, supporting or just watching.

Now we start planning for next year......our 200th year.....what a nine days that will be. More news about the Family Beach Party and Boat Flotilla will be coming soon, so watch this space.

A number of evening celebrations during the Regatta week have already been organised. Tickets have been sold out for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night events, but there  are a few tickets still available for the Wednesday night buffet and dance for just £15. Get them while you can!. Tickets from, Alec Collyer.

Come along and celebrate our 200th!

Ray Edworthy

2016 SHALDON REGATTA REPORT

August Bank holiday Monday saw the end of another wonderful ten days of both water-based and shore-based events that make up the Shaldon Regatta.

The previous Sunday afternoon had seen the traditional opening day Marathon row from Dawlish to Shaldon undertake a course change as the weather made the tide conditions somewhat difficult and so a new course from Watcombe was set. I battle-royale ensued for the Mens’ Pairs rowing for the Chirney Cup with local brothers James & Charlie Stoyle taking the honours, holding off Patrick Forster and Paul Carpenter. The women were racing for the Sarah Jane Cup and at the final reckoning Donna Bell and Yvonne Hudson, two stalwarts of the River Teign Rowing Club, took the line over Shaldon rivals Sue Astbury and Jane Stoyle, the latter the mother of the Mens’ winners.

The Grand Opening followed and so a week or more of fun had begun.

On Monday morning a strong wind and rising tide gave the sailors in the Otter dinghies a number of challenges with the Astbury family showing their experience of these conditions; Juliet Astbury taking the Ott-over-the-Top trophy for the first visitor under forty-five whilst Drew Astbury was first over the line in the helms over forty-five race to take the Wallace Mole Cup. This was followed by the ever-popular Beach Rounders for the Simons trophy with the Hornets proving victorious in front of a large crowd.

Tuesday morning saw another round of Otter Sailing races, this time with less challenging conditions, with the Hamlett family in the spotlight; Adam winning the helms race for 18 to 44 years, crewed by Max who himself then went on to take the honours in the Open race.

In the afternoon the Spirit of Rio was well and truly in place for the Beach Volleyball with some outstanding sportsmanship and athleticism running to the final which saw the Teignmouth Tourists return across the water holding the Mariners Weigh Shield.

On Wednesday morning the youngsters donned their swimming gear to undertake a series of Happy-go-Lucky water-sports run from the shoreline out into the river. The Jemima Cup for the first local girl home, 12 to 15 years was won by Bethany Partridge whilst the equivalent for the boys, the Benjamin Cup, was taken by Jonathan Radford.

Rowing races in the afternoon included the prestigious Alice Cup for the Ladies Single Sculls, won once again by Rachel Palmer, with previous winner Amanda Williams a close second. The Cyril Extence handicap cup for boys 12 to 15 was won by Charlie Bloor with William Annal second, with these two swapping positions for the Palmer Cup later in the day.

A lovely evening came with the first of the Seine boat races, this set being for the older crews! The Pheasant Pluckers, coxed by Lewis Bloor took both the Veteran’s Trophy for the over 45’s and the Old Codgers Cup for the over-55’s with a crew of Drew Astbury, Bob Deacon, Chris Deacon and Bob Holden.

By Thursday morning the weather had turned and a downpour of some magnitude ushered in a new event for the regatta, Netball, again proving that any sport taking place during the week is both competitive but sporting, with the Shaldon Hornets making sure that the inaugural win stayed on the ‘right’ side of the river.

The weather was still somewhat inclement as the swimmers returned for a second series of Happy-go-Lucky water sports with various names reaching the podium time-after-time including Freddy Harbert, winner of the Kelland Cup for local boys under 15, and Abby Foster, who took the Oyster Cup for girls in the same category.

By the afternoon the sun was finding its way through for a set of rowing races including the Blue Riband event of the regatta, the Cotgrave Cup for Mens’ Single Sculls. This proved a fascinating tussle as the two men who had rowed together on Sunday to take the honours in the Marathon row found themselves neck-and-neck to the line with James Stoyle beating his brother Charlie into second place.

Friday is always reserved for the fun races on the water with most participants knowing that a wet dunking is bound to happen at some point, and so it proved. After a morning of kayak races, the afternoon brought out an odd assortment of outboard motors for the Row-and-Motor events. Great weather help keep the spirits up and there were both the usual names on the winners list as well as a few new ones. Rob Deacon kept up the family tradition in the Seagull outboard race to win the Jack Matthews Trophy, with Amy Deacon coming in second. Most locals have given up trying to recall the last time a Deacon didn’t take this trophy, believing that somewhere up-country is a training ground dedicated to these small, ancient outboards.

By the evening most participants had taken an hour or two to get dry before taking part in the Treasure Hunt by boat, a fiendishly difficult event with clues set both on-shore and on the water. As winners the Indecisives proved anything-but, pushing other local teams the Stoyles + 5 into second and the Taits into third.

Another glorious day dawned on Saturday as youngsters and adults alike took their places for the Sandcastle competition. The usual high standard of building was in evidence with many of the younger architects having obviously put a lot of thought into their castles.

After lunch the Gig & Punt crew emerged from the Teignmouth side to regale the crowd with a re-enactment of days of yore when the bigger gig, with the larger crew, would race the smaller, but faster, punt out to the waiting boats to pilot them into harbour and therefore get paid for their efforts.

Some serious sailing was taking place at this time with the Jolly Boat Challenge cup being fought over and won by one of the greats of Shaldon Regatta sailing, David Hill, at the same time as the under-18’s were battling for the Amory Cup which was won by Charlie Barrett sailing his Topaz Magno.

Having finished the sandcastles, many of the younger competitors took part in the Beach Sports with many old favourites on the starting sheet, including the Three-legged race, the Egg-and-Spoon race and the Obstacle race for 11-13 years in which Josh Bishop showed how international the Shaldon Regatta has become in this Olympic year by coming all the way from Los Angeles to take second place.

The Tug-of-War in the afternoon was as competitive as ever with the New Quay Originals crossing the Teign to pull themselves to victory for the Coronation Cup whilst the Seagulls took the Graeme Challenge Cup for the Ladies.

The holiday Sunday is another fun day in for the Regatta and the Great Duck Race, with over 1,500 of the well-trained yellow quackers taking part, soon had punters reaching for their betting slips. The winning trainer was Florence Miles who had obviously spent many hours fine-tuning her entry, Bradley Widgeon.

As leaden skies moved overhead the various teams assembled for the beach five-a-side competition that is proving more and more popular each year. An abundance of skills, not to mention shirt colours, brightened the proceedings but none of the local sides were able to stop the Royal Standard Cup going to eventual winners, the Midlands Massive.

By the evening the shore-line had become a mass of shovels, spades and buckets all used for digging and building frantically in trying to stem the flow of the tide in the King Kanute competition with many budding builders in evidence.

This was followed by a further set of Seine boat races in glorious evening sunshine, with the Eric Yeo Memorial Trophy once again going to the Little Busteds coxed by Andy Forte whilst the Dora March Trophy for the Ladies went to one of the finest teams seen on the river for some years, the Gatecrashers, having won the River Teign Rowing Club series as well as the Teignmouth Regatta race, coxed by Clive Luxton with a crew of Sarah Free, Helen O’Hora, Donna Bell and Sue Heath. The Stoyle boys, James and Charlie completed an excellent week of rowing events by joining James Crawford and Ben Smith, coxed by Sue Astbury, to win the Charlie Bloor Trophy.

Bank Holiday Monday saw the finish of the Regatta, with the Beach Kricket again in danger of upstaging the recent England Test matches with the Lockyer Trophyup for grabs. A thrilling final saw the Hornets take the honours with James Stoyle being handed the Reg Astbury award for Outstanding Kricketer, Jack Southwood the Bristol Taverners Trophy for the most promising Kricketer and Gaby Dopson the Gillespie Woods Trophy most outstanding lady Kricketer.

Two days of sailing in the handicap races saw Ben Flower, in his Laser, take the fast fleet event whilst David Hill completed the double by seeing off Gilbert Gill to skipper his Otter over the line into first place.

The world famous Pillow Fight on a pole taking centre stage in the afternoon. This is an event in which old scores are settled, new rivalries are planted and pantomime villains come to the fore. A previous winner Ben Smith threw off the exertions of the last evenings racing to once again power his way through the rounds to take the Mark Platt Memorial Trophy whilst in the Ladies event Gaby Dopson held-off all challengers to win the Sandra Surgenor Shield for the second year running having already excelled herself earlier.

It was then onto the prize giving with special guest local MP Anne-Marie Morris to be followed by the Grand Draw for the regatta dinghy, with the most important trophies being presented, those for the youngsters who, in the opinion of the committee, have bought up the best showing for the week. The Clarance Cup, for those under eighteen years old, was once again won by Ben Flower who had another extremely successful regatta; the Hulbert Trophy for those under sixteen years old was won jointly by Charlie Bloor and Maisy Harbert who had also had a tremendous week and the De Vey trophy for youngsters under twelve years old won by William Burton who is proving that a competitive spirit on the water runs in the family. The Spirit of Regatta Trophy, now in its’ third year, is awarded for effort, enthusiasm and sportsmanship to a junior who is not a winner but shows spirit and embraces the ethos of the regatta, and this summer it went to Alana Williams.

Anne-Marie Morris then drew out the winning draw ticket for either a regatta dinghy or £750 cash to end another successful regatta and which bodes well for next year when there will be much celebrating of the two-hundred years of being the country’s oldest water-based regatta.

By Leigh Extence

Parish News March April 2016

Shaldon Regatta (1817)

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We’ve had our “programme meeting” and everything is set for Regatta 2016. All the favourite events will be there as usual, plus, we will be trialling Beach Netball this year on the Thursday morning. We have a packed programme as it is, but we like to get as many different people involved in Regatta as possible, which is why we add new events when we can. So if you haven’t taken part in Regatta before and you play Netball, come and have a go.

We have committed to spend several thousands of pounds on refurbishing our 6 Otter sailing dinghies and our 8 Regatta rowing dinghies. Both are free to use by anyone wanting to take part in Regatta races, and the Regatta dinghies are used for 8 weeks of the summer for the Junior Rowing Experience. They lead a hard life, and we are grateful to Shaldon Marine, run by James Crawford (07521047986),for giving us a reasonable price to restore them.

We have also purchased professional quality “crash mats” for the pillow fight......in Regatta blue....which will replace the sometimes less than healthy looking old mattresses.

Two of our committee are organising a boat flotilla for the arrival of the “Jolie Brise,” a 22m-56’ gaff rigged pilot cutter built in 1913. She is one of the most famous tall ships in the world and she is visiting the Teign on May 22nd. If you’ve got a boat, look out for information nearer the date and come and cheer her in.

We are organising a Fund Raising Row on behalf of the Sea Scouts who need money to fit out their kitchen in their new headquarters at the Ness. The “Brixham Row”, which was so successful in helping us to raise money for our store, is to be repeated by popular demand. The event will take place on Saturday June 25th or if the weather is bad Saturday July 9th. All Seine boats, Gigs and coastal boats are welcome, as are duty boats and following boats.  More details nearer the date or contact Keith Stoyle 01626872637.

Tickets for the” 200 years of Shaldon Regatta” celebration parties in 2017 will be on sale at  this year’s Regatta, on Fri 26th  Aug and Sat. 27th Aug at the committee stand at 6pm. First come ....there will be 3 great nights of entertainment in the Victoria Hall, none costing more than £15pp. Details will be on a flyer in a future Parish news, or..............................Follow our website for all information.

Ray Edworthy.

Mid-week 2015 Regatta report!

Sunday evening, the 23rd of August, saw the start of the annual Shaldon Regatta with the running of the Dawlish to Shaldon marathon row. A fine turn-out of fifty-five regatta dinghies were towed to the start line with the usual array of crews ranging from the young and eager to the more mature, but just as keen. The weather had threatened to put a dampener on the proceedings, but the rain was swept away and the sun shone through for the evening opener to the regatta. This event has been in place since 1971 and it was good to see the first winners, Bernard Howard and Roger Stoyle, on the beach to witness the winners of the Chirney Cup for the first Mens’ Pair, Patrick Forster and Paul Carpenter, cross the line ahead of Simon Hounsell and Rupert Holliday, the latter also receiving the Collyer cup for the over-45s. Various other trophies were up for grabs including the Sarah Jane Cup for the first Ladies’ pair home which was won by Catherine Lovell and Kate Rew, who also won the Duchess Cup for the Ladies over-45s; both men and ladies showing that the older generation are able to more than hold their own with the younger upstarts. The president Mark Pile then officially opened the weeks’ proceedings hoping that all would enjoy the ten days of both water-based and onshore events.

Monday afternoon saw a brave collection of plucky and brave swimmers ready to tackle the wind and rain in the first of the Happy-go-Lucky swimming events with a number of children taking to the water a number of times including fine showings from Daniel Tucker-Bailey, Harriet Endall and Lewis Orchard.

Following the swimming the beach was cleared for the beach rounders where the Natives team were to prove that local knowledge of beach conditions is critical as they made their way through the heats to win the Simons Trophy.

Early Tuesday morning looked fairly grim as the Otter sailing dinghies were rigged for the first of the harbour-based races with the weather threatening to make life difficult for the participants. This was to prove the case as just as the first heat for the Patrick Nicholls Trophy for the under fourteens set off the wind started to gust and the rain swept in; as such the rest of the programme was unfortunately cancelled, although all were reminded that a second set of races was in place for the following day.  As usual the beach volleyball was an eagerly contested event with the more serious teams of six seen limbering up beforehand, being cooled by the Summer downpour. The Natives, a team of Shaldon locals, won a tight-fought final to win the trophy for the third year running, beating the regular visitors, a Bunch of Brummies as the sun finally made an appearance.

The second set of Happy-go-Lucky swimming events saw many of the same competitors once again brave conditions of the beach with the Frank Smith Memorial Cup for boys not yet 12 years old going to Callum Tucker-Bailey and the Phil Smith Memorial Trophy for girls not yet 12 years old going to Maisy Gregory.

The rest of the regatta week is filled with events on the water and beach to be enjoyed by both participants and spectators alike with the bank holiday weekend especially catering for the youngsters with sandcastle competitions and beach sports alongside sailing, rowing and other varied spectacles.