Two years ago we had a hog roast at the Aquarius regatta. This proved to be very
popular, so … it was decided to have another one this year.
Nigel arranged delivery of the oversize rotisserie complete with pig, Pete visited
the Hog's Back Brewery and picked up a keg of TEA (Traditional English Ale), Rodger
and Linda organised the food for Saturday night and Joan and George the regatta tea
on Sunday while everyone else ran around in ever decreasing circles.
We used to get a pin of 'Hair of the Hog' which, by name, was quite appropriate but
unfortunately the brewery has stopped producing it.
Saturday morning produced the normal pre-regatta chaos. The marquee needed erecting
over the quarterdeck. The clubhouse needed sorting out and tables and chairs putting
out. The hog roast had to be manhandled onto the rotisserie and fired up. A course
had to be laid and a hundred and one things were missing. Oh yes, our No.1 safety
boat was out of action having a new propeller and prop shaft fitted. As I said the
The Saturday racing under Richard's eye went well with enough wind to make it interesting,
I think seven or eight boats were out at one time. Towards the end of the afternoon
people started drifting in to watch and wait for the evening events.
Those of us that stayed had a quick shower, got the boats put away and started preparing
for the evening.
By 7:30pm Jazz was blaring out and the place was heaving; and by 8:00pm we had 80+
members and guests at the club. Nigel duly started carving and the Aquarius ladies
served the array of salads that accompanied. This was followed by a desert and coffee
from Pete's famous Cappuccino machine. We left just before midnight but the place
was still rocking. It was the best attended social this century.
Sunday started as a very still morning but picked up around the start of the first
race. The second race was the Commodores novelty event set over a triangular course.
On the two upstream marks buckets were attached, one containing coloured plastic
balls while the other was empty. Contestants had to sail to the full bucket, grab
a ball, and then sail around the course to deposit the ball in the empty bucket.
Then go back and do it all again. I have never seen so many boats going in so many
different directions at once.
The last race was the Ladies and Novices race. We had a record entry due to the recently
finished Youth Sail Instruction Programme; 7 novices and 4 ladies. Unfortunately
it was marred by a couple of accidents. Imogen Morris's Pico was picked up by another
boat and as the boom was released it swung back and hit her across the face. She
had to retire and receive first aid for a heavily bleeding nose. The same boat then
went on, collided with Imogen's brother Edmund's Pico, and capsized him. He righted
the boat and the rest of the race passed without incident.
The day ended with a paddling race using dis-masted Pico hulls around a couple of
buoys. The number of people you can get on a Pico competition ended when the top
of the centre plate box was driven under water and the boat sank, but great fun was
had by all, including a number of, shall I say, our more mature members (they are
just big kids really).
Once everybody was ashore and accounted for the Aquarius ladies served our traditional
'regatta tea' including sandwiches, savouries, cakes and, of course, strawberries
Our Commodore Tony Hopkins then presented the Youth Sail Instruction Course certificates
to everyone who had taken part. Imogen & Edmund Morris and Dominic Lunniss received
gold certificates for completing the course. The course log sheets are still open
and everybody is encouraged to keep sailing and complete the programme.
Tony then thanked everybody who had helped prepare the regatta tea, including Joan
& George who had picked all the strawberries at Garson Farm (I think George eats
as many in the field as he bring back). By 6:00pm things were winding down but I
think this year's Hog Roast and Regatta was a classic! Many thanks to everyone involved
and I do hope our newer, younger sailors enjoyed their first Aquarius Regatta.
Mike (Over Easy) Baker
Nigel Knowles carving the Hog - Picture by Frank Rainsborough