FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR ISLANDS' REGATTA  

The Isles of Scilly's inaugural Islands' Regatta starts today in what is expected to be bright sunshine.

A flotilla of 25 classic boats will arrive from Falmouth in the afternoon, including a 120-year-old Cornish lugger, a replica of a pilot cutter owned by writer Jules Verne and a replica 18th Century customs lugger. Navy frigate HMS Sutherland and tall ship Spirit of Falmouth will also arrive on Friday.

 

HMS Sutherland will be open to the public on Sunday between 10am and 4pm, and on Monday between 10am and 2pm.

 

A Round the Island Race, organised by the Redwing Race Committee, takes place on Saturday at 11am. Boats will sail anti-clockwise around St Mary’s and finish on St Agnes.

 

A highlight on Sunday is the RNLI Water Carnival between 2:30 and 4:30pm, which will include the annual raft race at 3:30pm in St Mary’s harbour.

 

On Monday there is the opportunity to try your hand at gig rowing at 11:30am on Town beach. There is no charge and local crews will be on hand to offer help and advice.

 

The highlight of the weekend for many is the aerobatic display by the Red Arrows, which starts at 3pm on Monday and lasts for 25 minutes.

 

Other events across the weekend include a dedicated maritime exhibition at the Isles of Scilly Museum on Friday, Saturday and Monday, ale festivals on St Mary’s and Tresco, and a Parade of Sail at 10.30am on Sunday.

 

Holgates Green is expected to be busy throughout the afternoons where the attractions include live music, street entertainers, a range of craft and food stalls and a bar courtesy of the Rotary Club.

 

The weather is expected to be dry across the weekend with temperatures around 17 degrees.

You can view the full programme of activities here.

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