The first Rocquaine Regatta took place in 1910, and this favourite festival on the west coast has been an annual event in Guernsey’s calendar since 1974. Next Saturday, August 6th, the 2016 Regatta will be taking place, with the sea and sand hosting numerous activities from boat, rowing and swimming races in Rocquaine Bay through to beach activities and tournaments followed by a barbeque and bands in the evening.
Many of the events are open to enter, so if you fancy your chances then you can take part in the visitor’s rowing race or any of the swimming races (there’s the 1000 yard Portelet to Le Crocq-du-Sud race, or any of the shorter inshore races) or you can simply watch the colourful fishermen’s “go-as-you-please” boat race or the raft race.
Outdoor Guernsey will be offering sea kayaking, whilst on the sand there will be open activities for all ages such as petanque, beach volleyball, crab racing and a greasy pole contest. Guernsey Museums are offering free entry to Fort Grey and the Shipwreck Museum (it will be open between 10am-4.30pm), with pirate themed family activities in the afternoon and a “Speed-Patois” gathering on the lawn inside the fort from 11am-midday for anybody interested in finding out more about Guernsey French. In the evening the field opposite Fort Grey will host a barbeque (hopefully featuring freshly caught mackerel) with live local bands playing and a bar until 9.30pm. You could pop along for an hour or two to soak up the atmosphere at this classic Guernsey festival, or make a day of it and join in with some of the events and activities on offer before watching the sun set over the sea whilst enjoying a drink and the sounds of some local bands. Entry to the event is free, and you can check out a full programme of events for the 2016 Rocquaine Regatta festivities here. If you need directions or assistance planning your visit then please don’t hesitate to ask the Bella Luce’s reception team who will be happy to help. If you’re visiting Guernsey over the weekend of August 6th then this event is sure to give you a very memorable day out.
Images copyright of Jonathan Hill and Mark Woodall.