Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend 2016

22nd - 24th July - in support of Ryde Inshore Rescue Independent Lifeboat service

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There was a packed programme of events and fabulous weather for the 4th annual Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend.

Visiting boats arriving on the FRIDAY afternoon tide enjoyed food from The Ralvins, Pimms from a pop-up horsebox bar and watched a beautiful sunset whilst being serenaded by an Island guitar duo.    

SATURDAY kicked off with a Hula Hooping Demonstration and Workshop by Hoopfinity IW at the Duver Marina - Mums, Dads, boys and girls, all joined in the fun with Gina leading the way- star of the show was the youngest hooper - just 3 and having a wonderful time! 

Over on Bembridge Point Beach in the afternoon there were egg and spoon races followed by sack, running and wheelbarrow races for various age groups and separate races, by demand, for the grown ups.  Prizes were donated by the Tollgate Cafe and the Harbour.   Bembridge Sailing Club kindly opened their doors and served cold drinks and coffees to hot, tired families and lunch for those who had worked up an appetite.      

Further along the beach there were 24 entries into the Sandcastle/Sculpture Competitions - winners were:

1st -  Team Paul
2nd - Enyn's Castle
3rd - Elliott's Lighthouse on a Rock

1st - Team Hamble with Crab
2nd - The Fb's Mermaid
3rd - Florence with Croccy

A colourful and quirky Eve Watson Scow Parade sailed through the Harbour from Brading Haven Yacht Club, with the Eve Watson Memorial Trophy being won by Sarah Jane Weigall in her Jungle themed Scow.  The All Comers Trophy was won by Toba Cole who Dressed Overall with flags galore.   

Tackt-Isle Adventures spent the afternoon running free Taster Splash sessions on Paddleboards and Kayaks and had their giant slide for slipping into the water to cool down.  There were also Segways for those who didn't want to get their feet wet!  Huge thanks to Tackt-Isle for providing all the equipment, instructors and safety boat cover free of charge and raising a fantastic £186.15 for Ryde Inshore Rescue!

The Best Dressed Overall Competition was won by the yacht Cypsela, winning a bottle of Wight Vodka donated by 50 Degrees North.  A bottle of Joseph Perrier Champagne donated by Eurovines was won by Smartie for  being the Best Decorated Boat.  Judging was by the Commodores of Bembridge Sailing Club and Brading Haven Yacht Club from on board the Harbour launch, Helena.

A sell out Dance on the Duver in the evening (in support of the RNLI and the Earl Mountbatten Hospice)  was rounded off with a Harbour sponsored Fireworks Display, enjoyed from all around the Harbour

Sunday morning saw a record 95 entries in the Crabbing Competition (smashing last year's record of 69!) ranging in age from 2 to 67.  Prizes in various age categories were awarded for the most crabs caught, the biggest crab, the smallest crab and the most crabs caught by a 2 year old as the youngest group was won by Ben Morrison.   The most crabs were caught by 11 year old Jude Porter with a haul of 39.  The rules stipulate hookless lines only and no nets and the crabs are carefully returned to the Harbour as soon as judging has finished.   

The Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race, organised and hosted by Brading Haven Yacht Club saw some weird but wonderful vessels on the starting line.   The winner of the children's race and also the Best Built Boat was 12 year old Aileen Armstrong, with Tommy Scourfield 2nd and John Gabbani 3rd.  The over 15s race was won by Ben Coombes with Howard Allen and Keith Baldock in 2nd and 3rd respectively.  Ben Coombes won the Best Built Boat in the senior class.  3 year old Oscar Faulkner won a prize as the youngest competitor and boat builder.

The children's prizes were donated by The Sports Shop and Toymaster in Ryde and the adults prizes by Bembridge Harbour Authority - £80 was raised through entry fees for Ryde Inshore Rescue.