Regatta this weekend

SAILING crafts of all shapes and sizes will be taking to the waves this bank holiday weekend when Eastbourne’s eighth RNLI regatta takes place at Sovereign Harbour.

Organisers are hoping this year’s Eastbourne RNLI Regatta will be the biggest and best yet because the local lifeboat charity has had a lot to celebrate this year.

The volunteer crews at Eastbourne Lifeboats were delighted to receive a new boat called Diamond Jubilee earlier this year and the £2.4 million vessel will be on show at the regatta on August 25, 26 and 27.

Mark Robinson, second coxswain at Eastbourne Lifeboat Station, said, “Everyone will be welcome to come aboard the newest addition to the RNLI family and see what it’s like to be aboard a state of the art lifeboat.

“Every penny we make over the Regatta weekend will be go into the appeal fund. Eastbourne Lifeboat Station was tasked with raising £700,000 towards the cost of building the Tamar.”

There will be a range of attractions at the event including a beer festival, fun fair, live music and a food and crafts market.

The main attraction will be a full programme of racing out in Eastbourne Bay, and in the inner harbour local company Spray Watersports will be on hand with a fleet of dinghies for the children to try as well as some kayaks for both children and adults to have a go on, courtesy of Perception Kayaks.

Mark added, “Please come along to the Eastbourne RNLI Regatta over the August Bank Holiday, join in the fun, come and see our new Tamar class lifeboat Diamond Jubilee, and help us raise lots of money at the same time.”

People will be able to sign up for the races at the Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club at 8.30am on Saturday (August 25) before the site, stalls and attractions open at 10am.

A full list of the events including the race times, presentations and live music acts is available on www.eastbournernliregatta.org.uk.