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SATURDAY 26th May / SUNDAY 27th May 2018
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SATURDAY 26th and SUNDAY 27th MAY 2018.

  (Heritage Rally will be on Sept 15/16 2018.)

The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta has its roots in the Sailing Trawler races that have been held in Torbay since the early 1800’s. In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the 'King George V Cup' or the 'Kings Cup', to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons. This was competed for annually from 1919 until 1939 when the war ended racing and sailing trawlers were rapidly being retired. Racing did not resume after the War, but the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta was revived by enthusiasts in 1997.



Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta May 28th – Chris Coote

Brixham Yacht Club hosted a record breaking Heritage Regatta last Sunday as part of the overall bank holiday Brixfest activities in the town.  More entries of classic and historic sailing vessels of all shapes and sizes, were received and berthed on the main Town pontoon courtesy of the Harbour Authority.  The main sailing event took place on Sunday afternoon with a spectacular parade of sail as 30 boats left Brixham harbour for a trip around the Bay.  Torbay was filled with the sight of traditional sail shapes and colours including the famous red sails of the trawlers and for the first time this year, the red sails of 3 Chinese junk rigged boats.  Vessels ranged from the largest 80ft traditional Brixham sailing trawlers, Pilgrim and Vigilance, to the smallest sailing workboats such as the 19ft May Blossom and Amnesia.  The blue lugger “Our Daddy” has been under restoration on Middle Quay for 3 years now and recently completed.  She deservedly won the concours prize, but also proved beauty is more than skin deep by winning the best lugger in her class for skill in sailing.  The famous Brixham trawler “Ibex”, designed and built by Uphams locally, was so successful in the late 1800’s regattas that she was awarded a permanent silver trophy.  This has been “lost” for over 60 years, but was recently found and returned to Brixham.  The yacht “Stardust” visiting from Exmouth was awarded the rediscovered trophy for the best sailing performance of the day.

Due to the generous sponsorship of Bloor Homes and Roger Richards Solicitors, all crews were treated to evening suppers on both Saturday and Sunday, together with the award of commerative flags, china and glassware.  Crews were also able to obtain decorated shirts for the event remembering our former late chairman, Peter Blanchard, who did so much to re-invigorate this event in recent years.  The prize giving party was a lively affair finished off with an excellent auction in aid of the RNLI.  Generously donated lots included dinner for 2 at the Seahorse restaurant, a weekend for 2 at the RNLI HQ in Poole, artwork by photographer Chris Slack and sketch by Toni Knights.  Over £800 was raised for the charity due to the tireless efforts of auctioneer Alistair Moorhouse and the generosity of the bidders.

It will be difficult to match this event next year, but the small organising committee of Chris Coote, Richard Spreckley and Penny Jolley will be trying their hardest for next Bank Holiday Sunday in 2018!

Updated June 2017
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