Scilly Isles Island Regatta 4-day Event in August, 2016
If you enjoy the sea, then you should have been to the Isles of Scilly from the August 26 to 29, 2016. The island was holding its biggest event of the summer – the inaugural Regatta which was a breathtaking celebration of the Islands’ profound maritime past.
The attraction was a flotilla of traditional and classic boats that sailed to St. Mary’s harbor from Falmouth, England. The fleet included ketches, classic gaffs, luggers, and sloops, and Ripple, the Saint-Michel II, which resembles a pilot cutter owned by Jules Verne, a 120-year-old Cornish lugger, and the Grayhound Lugger, and a copy of the 18th Century customs lugger that was built with traditional methods and materials.
The boats brought an atmosphere of past years to the Islands. The nautical event included a visit from a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate that was open to the public, parade of sail, and a ‘round the islands’ race. During the last day, there was a wonderful performance by the Red Arrows who added to the festivities.
The event also included a continuous shore-side plan of activities in the four days which included sea shanties sung with gusto, nautical themed games and fun, and live music. There were exhibitions and walks with a maritime theme, treasure hunts, pirate cruises, food stalls, street entertainment, and a RNLI water carnival.
The awarding of prizes for the 2016 Redwing Championships that involved the wooden red-sailed dinghies added to the excitement, pomp, and color of the event. The visitors who were attending the event had been offered a special 10% Isles of Scilly travel discount that was valid from August 24 to 31, 2016. The next years’ event promises to be even more colorful and successful.