Regatta, August 1909

Under very favourable auspices the third annual Regatta was held off the Green on Saturday, 21st August, the weather being all that could be desired for such an event. There was a good breeze for the sailing craft and some excellent races took place.

A capital display of bunting was made at the Coastguard station. The Wootton Brass Band, under the direction of Mr. A. Coffin, gave an excellent selection of music during the afternoon. The committee, under the presidency of Mr. Capel Morris, were congratulated on the excellent programme they provided.

At the close of the programme the prizes were presented by Mrs. Gordon Sinden, in the boat-house. Capt. Wilson thanked Mrs. Sinden for so kindly discharging the duty. Mr. Sinden, on behalf of his wife, thanked Capt. Wilson for his kind remarks, and said he should like to see a sailing club started there, so that they might rival some of the other Island clubs. He also thanked the Ryde Rowing Club, the coastguards and many others for the great assistance they had rendered the committee.

The results:

Handicap race for fishing boats over 16 ft LOA for boats belonging to Wootton Creek.
1. Red Cap (Capt. T F Wilson), 2. Norman (R Barkham). At the finish Red Cap came in 7 mins. ahead of Norman.

Handicap race for yachts and pleasure boats 33 ft and under LOA, open to boats belonging to Ryde and Wootton Creek.
1 Jap, 2 Umbagi, 3 Lapwing.

Handicap sailing race open centre-board boats.
1 Kitty Wake (F Young), 2 Fishbourne Coastguard (Chief Boatman Lake), 3 Dean Swift (A Clements)

Race for boats belonging to Obsolete Fleet, single handed.
1 Antelope, 2 Melampus, 3 Barfleur

Sailing race for open boats 16 ft and under, open to Ryde and Wootton Creek
1 Mayfly. Three started but only Mayfly finished.

Coastguard galley race.
1 East Cowes, 2 Fishbourne, 3 Gurnard.

Rowing race for ladies in dinghies:-
1 Miss C Chatfield, 2 Miss Gill, 3 Miss L Chatfield, 4 Miss Kenworthy

Plus other races.

The greasy pole climbing caused immense amusement lasting over half an hour, and it was eventually won by Coastguardsman Davis.

Source: Isle of Wight County Press

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