Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend 2017
2018's Family Fun Weekend will be 27th-29th July
Click on Gallery for images of 2017's event and here's a report on the weekend:
Force 6 winds and driving rain on Thursday and Friday forced many boats and rallies to cancel their visit to Bembridge Harbour, but the 100 or so boats who made the trip enjoyed a packed programme of events, which all went ahead in spite of the weather!
On Friday afternoon an entire fleet of paper boats (26 in all) were designed, created, modified and painted ready to compete in Saturday’s Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race. The Ralvins provided a scrumptious Buffet Supper and thirsts were quenched by the Water Horse Bar (a beautifully refurbished vintage horse box). Fantastic musical entertainment from J C & Angelina’s Fun Band had everyone on their feet and joining in - it was quite a party!
Saturday morning’s drier calmer conditions saw everyone on Bembridge Point Beach taking part in egg and spoon, 3-legged, sack, and hopping races. It was hard to tell who was having the most fun - the children or the many adults who joined in! Races were followed by Sandcastle and Sandsculpture Competitions - 28 entries in total, many being a family affair! Winners included a mermaid, a unicorn and a crocodile, as well as a plethora of impressive fortifications, with extra prizes for effort, teamwork and imagination, of which there was an abundance!
Tackt-Isle Adventures generously provided Segways, Paddleboards, Kayaks, Safety Boats and Instructors, all for voluntary donations to nominated event charity The Sophie Rolf Trust - KissyPuppy, a wonderful local charity supporting and developing services on the Island for children with life shortening conditions and their families.
The Best Dressed Overall Competition was won by the yacht Soldier Sailor, winning a bottle of Wight Vodka donated by 50 Degrees North Ltd. A bottle of Joseph Perrier Champagne donated by Eurovines was awarded to Avalon as 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.
The RNLI Safety Officer was on hand offering free checks on lifejackets and buoyancy aids, and advice on all aspects of safety at sea, and there was a surprise visit from the Border Force who kindly invited everyone on board for a look around one of their newest vessels - and over 200 of their newest friends did exactly that!
The Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race, organised and hosted by Brading Haven Yacht Club, was held in rain and little to no breeze, but that didn’t dampen start line nerves, or the wonderful high spirits and enthusiasm of competitors and spectators alike - as in the name, a great event!
Later in the evening, Dance on the Duver was rounded off with a Harbour Fireworks Display, in a dry, clear sky, allowing the spectacle to be enjoyed from all around the Harbour.
Sunday saw 75 Crabbing Competition entrants between the ages of 2 and 63 catching a total of 838 crabs (all then safely returned to the Harbour). Prizes were awarded in age categories for the most caught, the biggest and smallest crabs and the youngest (and oldest) crab catchers. A new competition this year was “How many crabs?” the Harbour’s equivalent of guessing how many sweets in a jar! Colourful Origami crabs in a basket attracted estimates from 20 to 3000 ….. the actual number was 109 - the winner guessed 107 and several runners-up guessed 102. Bembridge’s own Best Dressed Crab Café donated 3 of their delicious dressed crabs as prizes, and there were also penny boards, kites and buckets and spades. Hoopfinity IoW donated a hoop as a prize and followed the prize-giving with a Demonstration of amazing hooping skills (including a human “slinky” of multiple hoops) followed by a Workshop for all.
A fantastic weekend was had by all, with some worthwhile fund-raising achieved for The Sophie Rolf Trust!