Posted 3 August 2018 by Beverley Fuller
The excitement's mounting, the atmosphere's electric, the sails are unfurling... yes, this month it's the 141st Portscatho Regatta. Be there or miss out! It's a real family fun day, and whether you're taking part or watching there's plenty to see and do. On the water you'll find sailing, kayak, raft and swimming races, while on the beach you can be part of the action – there'll be live music, sports and activities for children, lots of stalls, a big barbecue and loads more. The sailing takes place in Gerrans Bay and you'll have a great view from the shore, so no one need miss out.
We all love the sandcastle competition and the fancy dress parade – the costumes are always fantastic, the effort people make is inspirational but it's just as much fun with last-minute outfits, so why not have a go? Another perennial favourite is the display of working boats out in the bay, reminding us that Portscatho, along with the whole Roseland coast, has a rich maritime history and heritage.
And would you know it, the Portscatho Regatta can even help find your lost property! Earlier this year an eagle-eyed person found a camera in the Scilly Isles, scrolled through in the hope of identifying the owner, and noticed that a gentleman in one of the pics was wearing a Portscatho Regatta shirt. So he posted it on the Regatta's social media page and it turned out the whole organising committee knew the wearer. Last I heard, camera and owner were about to be reunited. Isn't that great?
In fact that August weekend is one long party round here, with Portscatho Regatta on Saturday 25th and Percuil Regatta on the Sunday. This is a fabulous village-style regatta with sailing and windsurfing events on the creek and plenty of tasty lunches and teas for spectators. Even if you don't sail it's terrific fun to watch, so do join us for a wonderful weekend in August – or any time of year!