"Regatta go-ahead relies on summer of smooth sailing
Saltash Regatta organiser, Karen Lilley, is excited to bring the event back this year
14th April 2021
By Suzanne Cleave
One of the most colourful events to be held in Cornwall, the Saltash Regatta, is set to return to the town this September.
Last year was the first year in the event’s history that it had to be cancelled, due to covid-19 restrictions.
Now organisers are excited to bring the Regatta back for locals and visitors alike to enjoy.
The event, which is free to attend, will be held on September 4 and 5.
Organiser, Karen Lilley said: “There had to come a point where we had to make a decision. We have decided to give it our best shot for September.”
Activities for the weekend are still being planned and will be subject to current Government guidelines.
Karen added: “It will be different from past years, more family focussed, and an opportunity for our community to come out to this free event as always and enjoy the music, enjoy the visuals. We will still have things on the water.”
There will be plenty of live music, bars, food, children’s rides and stalls.
Plans are also in place for paddleboards, involvement from Saltash Rowing Club and wild swimmers. Gig rowing will also be taking place, subject to guidelines.
“We’re trying to think outside the box,” Karen added.
One of the most popular parts of the Regatta has been the cardboard boat race, which was started four years ago, and sees local companies taking part in cardboard vessels they have made.
The event started off with three boats being entered, and two years ago there were 15.
Other planned events include a treasure hunt on the Sunday, an appearance from children’s entertainer, Billy Wiz, Churches Together will hold a live church service and the committee is hoping to be able to have a children’s parade.
Each year, organisers have 25 tonnes of Padstow sand shipped to Ashtorre Slip to create a beach, and this year will be no different.
Karen urged the community to look out for future fundraising opportunities, and the committee is always on the look-out for volunteers.
This year will be the 185th regatta, and it is an important entry in Saltash’s calendar.
“It’s an event that’s been happening for years,” said Karen. “It was unprecedented to cancel it last year. We’re very hopeful.”
More updates will be posted on the Saltash Regatta Facebook page, and www.saltashregatta.co.uk
The regatta AGM is to be held tomorrow (April 15) at 7pm via Zoom . Details of how to join can be found on the website.