Durgan regatta brings Helford regatta series to a close
CROWDS lined the beach and banks for the final regatta of the Helford River series.
Conditions were sunny and calm for the annual Durgan regatta, with rowers, swimmers and sailors battling for honours, and children's beach games, including a treasure hunt and a pirate-themed sandcastle competition.
As well as a fly-past by a Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter, the crowds enjoyed a display by the RNLI inshore lifeboat.
There were home-made cakes and a burger stand, while a tombola, raffle and auction of a luxury drinks hamper helped raise further funds for the RNLI and local charities.
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Competition was fierce for the 38 cups and trophies.
Regatta patron Colin Aitchison, who was celebrating his 80th birthday, presented prizes to winners.
Orion Page was the men's Victor Ludorum for the highest number of wins, including 15-and-under boys' swimming and gents' swimming. Women's Victor Ludorum went to Gill Pascoe, winner of the ladies' and veteran ladies' rowing races.
She and husband Mike were also victorious in the ladies' and gents' row.
Monty Lyall took the boys' 12-and-under trophy with a series of top-three placings, while Jessica Chamberlain won the girls' 12-and-under trophy. Her victories included girls' 11-and-under and 15-and-under rowing events, plus the father and child row with her dad Anton.
Jessica notched up a string of wins at the Helford River regattas this summer – Port Navas, Helford, Helford Passage and Durgan – for which she received a special trophy.
Giles Kent and Richard Winfrey won the 16-and-over land and sea race, which involves rowing and running. Giles, along with Martyn Addinall and Roger Philpot, won the ton-up race, a rowing event for three competitors with a combined age of 100 or more.
The mother and child rowing event went to Louise Hunt and her daughter Katie – Louise has now claimed this prize with each of her four children.
Younger rowers included Rafi Oakes, 6, who won both the 12-and-under kayak and the seven-and-under boys' rowing races; Phoebe Porter, 4, in the seven-and-under girls' rowing, and her brother Theo, 2, who competed with his mum Sarah and claimed the trophy for the youngest competitor.