Thames. It's a hands on weekend for everyone involved and everyone from the youngest to the oldest takes ownership and is involved in either food prep, organising, running the event, entertainment, tidying up, safety, communications etc, you name it and someone within the group has to do it. The week end belongs to everyone and although it takes place at our home, it is not our regatta but every ones. It is one of my favourite if not 'the' favourite weekend of my year. It has to be said not all take part in the water activities, but there is so much going on over the weekend that there is something for everyone. Long may this regatta continue and I hope the younger generation continue it, it's looking good so far...
Want a glimpse?
It all begins with the invite. Last year saw the first video invite and we decided to carry on with it again this year...
Regatta Invite 2016 click on the below link :
|A visit to the local lock keeper to purchase boat licenses|
|I managed to complete the boat garland|
for more info: Boat garland
|Cocktail prep for 30 ;)|
|One family arrived with printed t-shirts after |
protesting at a prize giving judgement last year...
'We woz robbed'
|Not everyone makes the Friday night meal |
and we always eat outside
|The youngest at 2 and the oldest at 80, it's a weekend for everyone|
|Proper Swallow and Amazon boats, |
two of them made by our friends
|Some of us dress the part|
|Buoyancy aides are a must requirement for the children, |
adults are allowed to choose whether to wear them or not
|We swim, boat, windsurf, kayak, canoe and row|
|Each year we seem to add more 'kit'|
|There is the odd entertainment, different each year|
|The family rowing race has become a tad raucous over the years|
|The forecast was not great so we |
brought a fire pit to keep us warm
|Warm popcorn served on returning from the river|
|We always begin the Saturday |
eating with Rosie's tit bits
|We watched the latest Brimble boat video|
|We couldn't all fit in to watch the video|
|Prize giving is generally outside too |
but not this year, it poured with rain!
|Prizes range from medals to moose heads!|
|Everyone who is presented with a F.O.C (Friends of the Classics)|
medal is required to wear it to prize-giving. Some years
the odd person forgets, here a little ditty had been composed
to apologise and beg forgiveness!
|After the prize giving we have main dinner.|
Due to the weather for the first time in
15 years we had to eat the BBQ indoors :(
We chat till the wee hours in the morning when someone else is giving the task of cooking breakfast for the masses before everyone departs for another year...
|Until next year...|
♥ Regatta 2016 ♥