Messing About on the River
03 August 2018
Many will brave the waters all year round, but the summer is when our rivers and ports really come alive. It’s when the regatta season comes into full swing, with a whole host of events – big and small, ashore and afloat – to look forward to across the Cornish coast.
There’s nothing more spectacular than witnessing hundreds of vessels taking to the water, great sheets of canvas, a multitude of shapes and colours, flags and regalia on display. You don’t need any prior experience of boats to enjoy yourself. Indeed, whether a hardy sailor, a keen novice or a shoreline spectator, there’s something happening on every river, creek, estuary and waterway just waiting to be discovered. And the revelry continues well into the evening too, with the sky now becoming the backdrop for yet more heroics, from fireworks to aerobatics.
Falmouth Week in early August gets things going, and another great highlight follows hot on it heels, just down the south coast: Fowey Royal Regatta, with vessels typically beginning to arrive from Falmouth at the start of the week.
Fowey boasts a rich maritime heritage and the regatta itself has an impressive and colourful history, having enjoyed the royal seal of approval from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and, more recently, the current Queen Elizabeth herself. This is a busy and popular regatta both on the water and on dry land, with a plethora of great events daily and plenty of visitors.
Fowey itself is a beautiful riverside town, complete with independent boutiques, bistros and galleries as well as a smattering of high street brands. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a meal by the riverside or pick up gifts for loved ones back home. It’s also family-friendly, with plenty to keep children or grandchildren entertained. Typical activities for the little ones at past regattas have included daily story times, a visit from Newquay Zoo and Cornwall Wildlife Show, crab catching, sandcastle building competitions and gingerbread decorating. There’s also an annual procession involving the world’s largest pasty – a spectacle in itself!
Don’t miss the annual carnival procession or the wonderful music every night, whatever the weather, on Town Quay. For the competitive there are sailing, raft, rowing, gig and swimming races. Fowey is particularly know for the ‘Troy’ class of dinghies, beautifully designed vessels unique to the town, so keep a look out for the flotilla, with organised racing in the surrounding waters throughout the week.
Our favourite part is the torch-lit procession, which signals the end of the event before the fireworks. And then there are the fireworks themselves – something that Fowey really knows how to do properly; bright and dazzling displays lighting up the entire river, that’s lined with hundreds of boats of all sizes.
So, if you are already starting to plan your visits to your luxury holiday lodge, at either of our resorts in south Cornwall, make sure you pencil in the Fowey Royal Regatta – it’s an event not to be missed!
Discover more about this year’s event which is on from 19 - 25 August 2018 by visiting the official website - www.foweyroyalregatta.co.uk
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