Mersea Town Regatta, Cobmarsh Marathon takes place before the main Regatta and in 2014 is on Saturday 16th August. The main Cobmarsh event is a pair-oared Rowing Race around Cobmarsh Island, followed by several more light-hearted rowing races. There is a Prizegiving and social event in the evening.
On the 30th August 2014, the Sailing Races start Regatta Day events. The first start is at 0900 hrs with about 200 boats taking part, split into 16 different classes.
The competing boats range from Smacks, Racing Yachts and Classic Yachts, to Fisherman’s Open Boats and Dinghy Classes. Entry Forms for the sailing events are available in the Regatta Programme and must be handed in to the West Mersea Yacht Club.
The Watersports events get underway in the afternoon, with a variety of Rowing Races, an Outboard Motor Balloon Race, a Swimming Race and the ever popular final event is ‘Walking The Greasy Pole’ which is rigged over the side of the Thames Barge Committee Boat.
Entries for the Watersports are free and entering is not required – just be on the start line.
Waterside Attractions include Displays, Stalls and Entertainment on the car park including Regatta T-Shirts & Polo Shirts, the Bocking Concert Brass Band, Bert Stock’s Fair as well as Refreshments and RNLI Souvenirs at the Old Lifeboat Station. Prize Giving for Watersports and Sailing will be outside the Old Lifeboat Station – starting approximately at 7.30 pm.
A Grand Firework Display takes place at dusk. Please give generously to the bucket collection, as this is the only funding for the display. The Regatta Emergency Contact Point is the Old Lifeboat Station situated at the bottom of Firs Chase.
A friendly ‘Coast Road Evening’ social event is held in Peter Clarke’s Shed with the Poachers. Details of tickets may be found in the Regatta Programme.
All West Mersea Town Regatta Cups for the Cobmarsh, Sailing and Watersports Events should be returned to MarineStore Wyatts by Saturday 9th August 2014.