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Fareham Regatta

posted 17 Sep 2016, 12:10 by Zak Warren   [ updated 21 Sep 2016, 10:14 ]
3rd Portchester approach the starting line
Felicitations to everyone who took part in this year’s Fareham Regatta. All the Scouts did really well, demonstrating a lot of skill and working together in true Scout spirit.

We began by two teams made up of a mixture of both 2nd Fareham and 3rd Portchester Scouts. This way they got the chance to work with new people in a friendly atmosphere while still competing. After some encouragement, the team leaders managed to put together crews for the under-12s and under-14s events.

After several races in the coypus, and several burgers from the barbecue, it was time for the only race between 2nd Fareham and 3rd Portchester Scouts. This was for the coveted Oar of Fareham, which has been a trophy between the two groups for several decades and is still going strong. The race was very close all the way through, with both crews mirroring each other exactly until the final turn. The team from 2nd Fareham, who had won the national regatta several weeks before, made the turn fractionally faster and went on to win in a photo finish.

Under-12 gold medals
There was also time for a few adult races, mainly between crews of Fareham sailing club. However the Scout Groups managed to field a Leaders’ team between them and there was even a parents’ team.

Then came the moment we’d all been waiting for: the prize-giving! The mayor presented lots of medals to the Scouts, with gold and silver places for the under-12s, the under-14s and the Oar of Fareham. Finally, there was a chance to take part in some fun races, including blind-folded rowing and canoeing.

Everyone seemed to have a great day. We’re all looking forward to next year’s regatta as well as taking part in more events with our friends at 2nd Fareham. 

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