Fareham Regatta proves to be a hit despite the weather
DESPITE the weather, the local community turned out in force to support the annual Fareham Creek Regatta.
The two day event saw participants young and old take part in a series of rowing and sailing races with sea scouts from Portchester and Fareham being put into mixed teams.
Owen Lacy, 11, who took part in the Under 12’s race, said: ‘I really enjoyed the race and loved being out on the water.’
Oscar Molyneaux, 10, added: ‘We won the race and in the windy conditions it was really important to work as a team. I also enjoyed the food as the doughnuts and hotdogs were really nice.’
For those not venturing onto the water there was plenty to keep people entertained with a barbeque, bar and evening performance from local band the Creek Knotts.
The regatta was organised by Fareham Sailing and Motor Boat Club member, Nicolas How.
‘Despite the rain, everyone has had a really good time and it is particularly good to see so many youngsters here from the sea scouts,’ he explained
Attending the event was the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Pamela Bryant, and the Mayoress, Louise Clubley, who was taking part in the ladies gig race.
Cllr Clubley said: ‘It was quite wet and windy out there but I really enjoyed the event.’
For Cllr Bryant one of the key aspects of the regatta is its role in bringing the community together.
‘I like to come every year and it has once again been lovely to be part of this fantastic event. It really brings the community together with people of all ages, young and old , taking part,’ she explained.
It is a sentiment echoed by sea scout, Josh Nash, aged 14.
Josh said: ‘It was good to mix with people from other clubs. Other regattas are often more serious and can be really competitive whereas today has been great fun. The weather hasn’t spoiled it because when you are out on the water you get wet anyway. It was great to win my race and I am looking forward to getting my medal.’