FROM yacht racing to crabbing competitions there is plenty of watery fun to be watched during Appledore and Instow Regatta week.
This year’s main regatta will be held on Sunday (August 2) with sailing races taking place on both sides of the river from around 2pm.The popular family Sand Castle Competition takes place on Instow Sands, starting at 1pm in an area that will be marked by bunting. Everyone is invited to go along and have a dig.
Also, on Instow sands at 2pm there will be children’s races. A ferry will operate between Appledore and Instow on the day.
Salmon boat races for the Championship of Torridge on Tuesday (August 4) at around 6pm. These races are open to all and for crews of up to four who fancy their chances, there will be boats available. If there are more crews than boats, heats will be arranged.
Fishing Competition on Wednesday (August 5). Open to all. Details from Angie Smale: 01237 429745.
Annual Cornish Pilot Gig Challenge Sprint races at Appledore on Thursday (August 6) at 6pm. With more gigs now in the area including two each from the Appledore and Torridge clubs, and more from Clovelly, Ilfracombe and North Cornwall clubs, racing should be keen for the trophies, with classes for seniors, ladies, juniors and veterans.
The International Crabbing Competition takes place on Friday August 7 on Appledore Quay at around 6pm. This is open to teams of four children who will need to take their own buckets and bait. Also, on the same evening it is hoped the popular outboard motor races from Appledore Quay will be able to take place. These are open to all with entrance on the night.
Sailing races for gaffers and lugsail boats will be held off Appledore Quay on Saturday August 8. This is open to anyone whose boat has four sides to the sail. Racing starts at around 6pm.
Model Yacht Races take place at low water on the sand ridge near the Royal George Slip on Sunday August 9 at around 2.30pm. The model yacht racing is always popular and there will be races for all classes and ages with boats to borrow if you haven’t got one. It’s an interesting spectacle to watch and people are invited to go along and join the fun. A Sandcastle competition will also be held on the ridge at Appledore.
The regatta committee are in need of more helpers on the Instow side of the river.
To volunteer your help phone Norman Johns: 01271 860578.
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