Fun for everyone on water and land as Shaldon enjoys regatta
BUMPER crowds turned out for all the fun of Shaldon Regatta.
Throughout the week hundreds of people headed into the town to see what was on offer.
Spokesman Leigh Extence said: "On Sunday, the sailors once again hoisted their mainsails for a series of handicap races in which Tim Martin was once again victorious in taking the class one honours while another Shaldon sailing stalwart, Gilbert Gill, took the line honours in the class two handicap race.
"Meanwhile on the beach, some serious football was taking place with the five-a-side competition proving that all the pre-season training was worth it, especially for Molly's Lollies who went on to take the Royal Standard cup.
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"This was followed by the King Canute competition where teams of five, mainly children, where seen to build reinforcements against the incoming tide with the winners being those who managed to build the best-looking fortress as well as keep the water at bay.
"This was quite a colourful and frantic spectacle with the building work taking up the whole of the shoreline from Clipper Quay down to the Ferry Shelter.
"The Not Here Yet team from Shaldon won the prize for the under-fives, while another local team, the Rule Britannias, won the under-13 event and visitors from Brighton, the Spades of Glory, won the any five prize."
Seine boat racing took place on Sunday with some famous trophies up for grabs, in a combined meeting with the River Teign Rowing Club.
Leigh said: "The three main races were keenly contested with the Eric Yeo Memorial Cup for those crews under-16 went to Four Buoys in a Boat coxed by Gerald Atkins, and the Dora March Trophy for the women's crew went to Rocomotion, coxed by Jill Barczok.
"No real surprise in the men's race for the Charlie Bloor Trophy which for a second year running was won by a 'scratch' team of the best of Shaldon's rowers made up of Ben Smith, Ed Rawlings with brothers Tommy and James Stoyle, ably coxed by Amanda Edworthy.
"A barbecue afterwards allowed crews to discuss the tactics employed and bury any grudges held over from the water."