A warm bright morning after the 14th annual regatta at Varen yesterday. The new slipway was in use for the first time, but there was nothing new about the enthusiasm and excitement of participants and spectators alike. Numbers were boosted by the attendance of some 20 refugees from the Verfeil and Bruniquel centres, but despite their youth they were no match for the local families and visitors in the racing events.
Undaunted by the numbers (and language difficulties) Mimi Scragg, daughter Tilly and Francesca McCarthy rounded up crews, got them into boats and saw them hooted off by young Lydia. After the prize giving the traditional picnic was enjoyed by all, then "free swimming and boating" was the order of the day for a good couple of hours. Finally impromptu petanque games broke out across the site.
The indefatigable Kevin Scragg and Frank McCarthy entertained the littlest children present with boat rides, then cleared away the tables, rescue boat and canoes.
The event is an annual demonstration of solidarity among local families with everyone invited and has rarely failed to attract many competitors and spectators alike. Well done to all, and long may it continue.