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South West: Fowey Regatta
31st August 2018 - 2nd September 2018
After spending two days in the Mayflower Marina, Plymouth, we set off for the Fowey Rally.
The sea was slight and there was next to no wind, so unfortunately we spent three hours using the engine, much to the Skipper’s disgust I might add. We did however have a little company at times, as a pod of dolphins seem to enjoy swimming alongside the boat and then would suddenly disappear. What an incredible site they were.
We arrived at the Fowey Gridiron Pontoon on the Thursday afternoon, which was a day early for the Regatta but there were already a number of boats moored. Everyone seemed busy sorting themselves out; inflating their dinghy’s etc., but never too busy to catch your ropes and help tie up safely. We moored alongside Kittiwake, owned by Andy and John who are new members to WOA. Another member of Kittiwake’s crew is their twelve year old tabby cat Bosun, who has sailed all her life. She has infact sailed to New Zealand with Andy and John on a previously owned boat.
On Friday the rest of the WOA fleet arrived. In total there were sixteen boats varying in size from 26ft to 49ft. That evening Barbara Box hosted a very enjoyable pontoon party. The party was even more special when Tony Clements announced he and his wife Carol were celebrating their 54th Wedding Anniversary that very day. Tony not only provided the bubbly for the toast but also for quite a few top ups as well. After lots of lively chat varying from boat maintenance to summer travels, as you might guess, everyone went back to their boats feeling quite merry.
On Saturday morning there was a visit to the St Austell Brewery arranged. Twenty two of us took the water taxi to shore and then walked up to Hanson Drive to find the coach that would take us the rest of the way. After a short drive we arrived at the St Austell Brewery where lunch was served in their café. We were also given a bottle top each, that we could either exchange for a drink with lunch or a bottle to take away with us. There was such a choice of beers that it was difficult to decide which one to have. After lunch we were split into two groups and taken on a tour of the Brewery by two very knowledgeable tour guides. At four o’clock we boarded the coach for our return to Fowey followed by a water taxi to the Gridiron pontoon.
The Regatta Dinner (35 attended) was held at the Royal Fowey Yacht Club. A previously chosen three course meal was served followed by coffee. As always the food was really good and everyone seemed pleased with their choice of menu. Barbara thanked everyone for taking part in the Regatta and reminded all those that could make it, that coffee and homemade cakes would be available on the Gridiron pontoon on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, some members had to make an early start, so missed Barbara’s delicious cakes. Andy Truscott thanked Barbara for organising such an enjoyable Regatta and for all her hard work in doing so.
For the Regatta the weather was very good no significant rain and reasonably warm with not a lot of wind.
Terry and Veronica Griffin