Our 2011 regatta will be held mid-June in Mevagissey Harbour. The schedule is:
Friday 10th (or earlier): Arrival of all boats.
Saturday 11th: Friendly race.
Sunday 12th: Harbour sail-past by all boats.
All three days: As last year the Social club will be booked on the 3 nights of the regatta with music and food
Friday is arrivals day. If you want to see the luggers coming into the harbour and taking up their moorings, this is the time to be around. As you know, time and tide aren't known for waiting so that's going to be your job! We can't predict when each lugger will arrive, so why not make a full day of it and watch from one of the many benches surrounding Mevagissey harbour? There are pubs, restaurants, cafés and take-aways all around the village, and we're well equipped with public spaces (and public loos!) If you fancy a panoramic view, head for one of the cliff-top parks and take a picnic. From the North you have fantastic views out to sea, and all along the coast to the East. From the South side you can look down into the harbour and watch the activity as it unfolds.
For all taking part in the Regatta, Friday night is welcome night. Mevagissey Social Club is once again opening its function room for us, and there'll be a cash bar and a welcoming Cornish Pasty (now Appellation d'origine contrôlée, of course how do you say that in Cornish!?).
Saturday is the main event for competitors and spectators alike! During the day the Luggers will be taking part in a friendly race around the bay, winner gets bragging rights in the bar that night. This is a fantastic opportunity to see these lovely old boats doing what they do best - and in numbers that are extraordinary in modern times. This is a sight you won't want to miss.
In addition to the boats themselves, the day will feature stalls on the jetty, music, a fish fry provided by Mevagissey's own Fountain Inn, and Cornish Brewery Wooden Hand's stunning local ales - plus all the usual great Mevagissey attractions such as museum, model railway and aquarium.
We're thrilled to announce that Richard Ead, the last remaining withy lobster pot maker in the land will demonstrating his skills, and selling his wares, on the quayside on Saturday. A chance to see, and take home, a piece of fishing history before it vanishes forever.
In the evening the Social Club's now legendary (yes, just once and it's a legend, it was that good!) Regatta Party is taking place. Live music, hot food, a cash bar... and all within a few steps of the harbour. This was a cracking good night last year so make sure you come along and join in the fun.
Sunday's departure day. If you still haven't seen these beautiful boats take to the sea by Sunday (what have you been doing!?) this is your last chance. There will be much stowing of gear, pulling of ropes*, and nursing of hangovers.
*Yes, we know - just the one on the bell!
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