Fowey Annual Regatta

Fowey is preparing for its annual regatta, which will fill this little town to bursting point

Wednesday August 9th 2000, Author: Gerald New, Location: United Kingdom
Fowey, tucked away in Cornwall, is preparing for its annual regatta, which starts on the 13th August. One of dozens of town sailing regattas held at this time of the year, it continues a tradition seen more spectacularly at the large events such at Cowes and Cork.
Those events require huge dollops of sponsorship money to provide the facilities demanded by the high-level, international competition they attract. Fowey will not see the deluge of media attention or the corporate entertaining of Cowes - but it will provide racing for the local owners and regular visitors in a low key, festival atmosphere for everything from Lasers to offshore cruiser racers.

This year, as well as local classes such as the Troy's, which have celebrated their 75th anniversary, four Six-Metre yachts will join the regatta. Along with the youngest, Kirlo, built in 1981, will be the 1921 built Sheila - racing for the first time since 1922. These beautiful craft vary in length from 29ft to 38ft., all built under the same rule. For practical purposes they now race to a self-imposed handicap.

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