Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend

Bembridge Harbour Family Fun Weekend

2018's Family Fun Weekend - 27th to 29th July - Event Report

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After the last few weeks of amazing weather, the wind and rain were a bit of a surprise, but did nothing to dampen spirits or enthusiasm!      

The Paper Boat Building Workshop on Friday resulted in a amazing array of wonderful designs - created and painted ready for Saturday’s Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race.  Wild Oats provided fabulous musical entertainment and the Duver Cafe laid on a delicious Family Fun Supper, washed down courtesy of the Island's only Water Horse Box Bar.

Saturday morning's blustery conditions on Bembridge Point Beach did not stop the fun, as egg and spoon, 3-legged, sack, hopping, running and wheelbarrow races were hotly contested in age groups ranging from under 5s up to the adults!  7 fortifications impressed in the Sandcastle Competition and 10 Sand Sculptures, featuring a winning mermaid, built by the "Kairos Crew", who  ranged in age from 8 months to 66!  A (saltwater) crocodile, several crabs, a decorated "I LOVE  IoW" and a giant flip-flop were just a few of the imaginative creations!  Many thanks to the wonderful army of volunteers from Bembridge Sailing Club, and to rangers from Bird Aware Solent who joined us on the beach.

The Border Force brought their latest generation CPV Hunter alongside the Duver pontoon -keeping good company with the Bembridge RNLI Tamar Lifeboat, both giving tours to the public.  The RYA Safety Officer was on hand conducting safety checks on lifejackets and buoyancy aids and Coast Guard representatives were also there offering information and advice - huge thanks to all.  

The boat "Best Dressed Overall" was Kairos II, winning a bottle of Wight Vodka, donated by 50 Degrees North Ltd..  "Best Decorated Boat", proved extremely difficult for the Commodores of Brading Haven Yacht Club and Bembridge Sailing Club to judge, with the eventual victor being Hagitta, winning a bottle of Joseph Perrier Champagne donated by Eurovines.  A special prize was awarded to Ligera - whose fantastic efforts turned their boat into a much admired underwater extravaganza.

Tackt-Isle Adventures had Segways and a Mega SUP out for people to try - they asked for a donation for each activity and raised £112.54 for KissyPuppy - fantastic! 

The Great Bembridge Paper Boat Race, organised and hosted by Brading Haven Yacht Club, was especially tense this year, with the wind constantly changing direction and boats alternating between floating about going nowhere, hurtling forwards with sudden bursts of energetic speed, and on occasion sailing backwards (quite quickly) towards the starting line!  A few capsizes and near sinkings were rescued from the water to dry out and may even, with a few modifications, be re-launched to race again next year ...  The 2 Junior races were followed by a Senior competition - results on the GBPBR page.        

Our annual Crabbing Competition was brought forward to Saturday due to the severe weather forecast for Sunday.  The number of crab catchers, 64, wasn't a record but the number of crabs caught certainly was - 1,497!  All were returned safety to the Harbour after being counted - results on the CC page.

The Raffle was also drawn on Saturday, with some wonderful prizes generously donated by Island companies in support of The Sophie Rolf Trust - KissyPuppy, adding  £570 to our fundraising efforts.  Our grateful thanks to them all and to everyone who bought tickets. There are still a few unclaimed prizes - see the list here.

The Fireworks Display sadly had to be cancelled, with weather conditions making it simply too hazardous.  The Village Regatta suffered the same fate, but they'll both be back next year. 

A great weekend, which we hope all who attended enjoyed as much as we did - thank you for coming!

Raffle Draw

Below is a list of prize winners in the Raffle Draw held on Saturday in support of our nominated charity The Sophie Rolf Trust - KissyPuppy (please note the Draw was moved to Saturday afternoon due to the severe weather forecast for Sunday).  Most prizes were collected at the time of the Draw - please scroll down for a list of ticket numbers for unclaimed prizes.

Our grateful thanks to all prize donors for their generous support and to all those who bought tickets for theirs! £570 was raised for the event charity. 

Pimms Hamper from Bookers, Sandown
VIP Tour of Bembridge Lifeboat & Station
Notebook & card set from The Wight Pencil
Nest of 3 storage tins from Harwoods of Yarmouth
Selection of Garlic Mayonnaise from IoW Garlic Farm
Selection of Island Produce from the Duver Cafe
Mounted photo of St Helens Old Church from Available Light
Vouchers from Isle of Wight Jump
4 x Isle of Wight Cheese goodie bags from the Isle of Wight Cheese Company
Adult T-Shirt & Bamboo socks from Rapanui Clothing
Driftwood sculpture by Gillian Connor
Afternoon Tea Recipe Book from Brading Haven Yacht Club
Beverley Hewitt Cream Jug from The Beach Hut, Yarmouth
Hand-made Cushion from Brading Haven Yacht Club
Set of Tea Light Lanterns from Brading Haven Yacht Club
9m mooring line from Bembridge Marine Ltd
Selection of hand made candles from IoW Soy Candles
Voucher from the Coastal Gardener Nursery, St Helens
Gift Box Selection from Wild Island Dressings
Winners of the children's Raffle Prizes (pink tickets) chose from the selection available.  

Unclaimed Raffle Prizes for ticket numbers: 2, 149, 173, 271, 273, 350 - Prizes are available for collection from the Harbour Office.