Sunday, 3 August 2014

Tiree Regatta 2014

Last year's regatta was cancelled due to bad weather.  This year they managed!  The day started overcast, windy, but dry.  Perfect sailing weather really.

I hadn't planned to go originally but when I heard Jo was going with his litres of home made ice cream I decided to go down too.

The refreshment tent (most important):
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Scarinish harbour looking busy:
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Mad, mad souls about to go paddling around:
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I think this was "paddle to the other side and back so many times then run to the trailer".  Much enthusiastic cheering was heard anyway.
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There was a children's event of home built raft racing:
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After watching these for a while I trotted over to the beer tent and the other activities.

Pillow fighting!
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(alas, cancelled shortly after due to wet pole)
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My personal fave; welly wanging!  I think it was formally called "welly toss" but I prefer "wanging".  I did see one gent lose his grip on the welly and accidentally hit someone at the burger van, no injuries fortunately.

I had great fun with the camera trying to time my snaps!
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I think I have about another dozen of either no welly or welly just about to leave thrower's hand.

The sailing competition also started.  A bit of confusion was had and I'm afraid I missed boats coming back in due to helping pack the tea tent.

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Alas, by the time they started the wind had gotten up and the rain was fair belting down so I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted focusing the camera for fear of sodden lens.

So, that was the regatta.  The winning welly wanger got over 34m and I believe everyone who came enjoyed themselves.  Jo sold quite a few ice cream cones for the church funds and I was proven wrong about my assessment of the ginger flavour; people actually bought it!

Today is much better and the island is drying out again.


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