Mini regatta racing at Portsmouth nursery

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YOUNGSTERS held their very own mini regatta to celebrate Cowes Week, the UK’s longest running and most successful sailing event.

Creative boys and girls at Busy Bees Day Nursery in North Harbour, Portsmouth, created boats out of rubbish materials like cereal boxes, plastic bottles and egg cartons to get in the spirit of the annual occasion.

To get inspiration for their models, the nursery children were treated to a trip to Port Solent where they viewed some of the beautiful yachts and sailing boats.

Helen Tucker, nursery manager, said: ‘The day is a great opportunity for the children to be creative in nursery and make their own boats.

‘Sailing is influential and important to many people in Portsmouth, and we thought celebrating the largest sailing event in the UK would be a great way to honour this.

‘The little ones have really enjoyed making their own boats to race in their own regatta! They even dressed up for the occasion by wearing nautical-themed clothes.’

Cowes Week stages up to 40 races each day for more than 1,000 boats and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world.

The event attracts over 100,000 spectators, who are able to enjoy not only the races, but parties and live entertainment as well.

The nursery is also holding a Summer Fun Day on Saturday, August 13 to celebrate the end of this historic event.