Rocquaine Regatta welcomes team participation

ORGANISERS of this year’s Rocquaine Regatta are hoping for a big turn out in team events on the beach this Saturday.

The infamous greasy pole game at the Rocquaine Regatta which takes place on Saturday. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29807493)
The infamous greasy pole game at the Rocquaine Regatta which takes place on Saturday. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 29807493)

Regatta committee president Jon Collenette said they were hoping to encourage more team participation for this year.

‘We’ve got the raft races, frisbee throwing, and football, and it would be nice to get more involvement from the clubs, corporates and work places,’ he said.

‘Our traditional events remain very popular, particularly our beach events, but this year we will be without our stage on the Rocquaine lay-by. Our stage events have become less popular in recent years so we are focusing our efforts on the high participation events. In place of the stage will be a couple of fun stalls, more of which we hope to introduce in future years.

‘Although the regatta is associated with keeping the little ones entertained, we see it as entertainment for all ages, and the variety of events reflect.

‘There is nothing more satisfying than designing your raft, getting together with your mates and then paddling it across the bay to celebrate with a cold beer in the beer tent.’

Although last year’s Regatta, delayed until September by Covid, was a great success with super weather and record crowds, the committee was keen to return to a more traditional date. They know that many visitors book their holidays in line with the Regatta dates.

The organisers are asking teams to register beforehand and make contact through the Regatta Facebook page.

The day finishes in the field opposite Fort Grey with bands and licensed bar organised by the Vale Earth Fair along with a Regatta barbecue.

Largest display of military vehicles yet at Vintage Agricultural Show

THIS weekend also sees activity in the western parishes with the fourth Vintage Agricultural Show which will begin at Route des Paysans and continue on the Sunday.

Show chairman Ron Le Cras said the event had grown by the year and 2021 would be no exception.

A vintage fairground that was coming from the UK and Jersey would be a new addition for this year and the display of military vehicles would be the largest yet.

‘We’ve also got probably the last boiler which was used by Gilroys for steaming greenhouses,’ said Mr Le Cras.

‘There’ll also be a nine-tonne Fowler steam engine plus living van, an eight-tonne Foden steam lorry, and a stationary steam engine which will drive the machine that will thresh the barley.’

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