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Fareham Creek Regatta 2019

posted 18 Jun 2019, 12:02 by Zak Warren   [ updated 9 Sep 2019, 11:10 by Zak Warren ]
On a cool and overcast morning we arrived at 2nd Fareham HQ bearing the coveted Oar of Fareham on our shoulders. This trophy, a sign of a troop's pulling prowess, has been raced over between the two groups since the late 1960s. Ellen MacArthur Troop had held it for two years and were nervous over retaining it for a third year, something that had never been done before. 2nd Fareham were desperate to see it returned to their HQ. 

But first we enjoyed a series of fun Coypu races. Both troops formed mixed teams and demonstrated their skills in the under 14 and under 12.5 categories. These allowed the scouts to work together across the groups and makes the whole event a much friendlier experience. We also enjoyed tucking into 2nd Fareham's barbecue. Always a treat and one we look forward to every year! 

After lunch, it was time for 2nd Fareham to challenge the reigning champions for the Oar of Fareham. It was another tight race at first, but soon the Scouts of Ellen MacArthur pulled their Gig ahead by a comfortable distance and to victory! To retain the oar for a third year is a tremendous feat and one we're very proud of. We'll now be renaming the trophy to the Oar of Portchester! 

This year's regatta even made the Portsmouth News