Manningtree Town Regatta took place on 20/21 July and was hosted by the Stour Sailing Club. It is a whole town event and is supported by local businesses and organisations.
The Stour Sailing Club held sailing races on both days and competition was strong across a range of boat classes in spite of the tremendous downpour and thunderstorm the competitors experienced at the start of Saturday’s races. Luckily Sunday’s weather was much improved and almost balmy! All racing results are posted on this website, all of the prizes for the racing were sponsored by ilecs lift consultants.
There were a number of Have A Go opportunities for members of the public to try – all for free – including paddle boarding, dinghy sailing, kayaking and wildlife and photography trips. Saturday’s 7 am Yoga on the beach was cancelled due to the weather conditions but Sunday’s session went ahead and was well attended.
There were 109 people attending the Regatta Evening Dance on the Saturday night – it was a great evening with wonderful food and a superb local band – Playing Around – look them up! The firework display on the Saturday night was truly spectacular and enjoyed by the whole town.
The famous mud sports was held on Sunday morning in glorious weather with a great number of children, men and women taking part, The hotly contested tug of war witnessed teams fighting it out with Rose Builders Ltd triumphing in both the men’s and women’s team categories.
Children’s races were held on the beach and included bail the boat out as well as their own tug of war with the children beating the adults – which they enjoyed very much.
The antiques market was held in the town on the Sunday with lots of people looking through the variety of stalls. We had Mel Winning face painting and Walk About Whiskers delighting the many children on the beach.
The Sailing Club’s marquee was open for tea, coffee and cake throughout the weekend proving to be a great spot to enjoy the racing and the beach events
Racing results and Pictures of many activities can been seen via the link above.