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Hundreds gather to enjoy fantastic RNLI Torbay Seaside Special!

Lifeboats News Release

Large crowds flocked to a sun-drenched Brixham on Sunday 13 August to enjoy a day packed with fun and activities for RNLI Torbay’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Chris Slack Photography

Teignmouth Lifeboat & Torbay all-weather lifeboat taking part in the Search & Rescue demonstration

The Seaside Special day followed a series of fundraising activities which began on 1 August and included walk the extra mile, cover the flag, children's face painting, model lifeboats, quiz nights, coffee mornings, an angling contest with 36 entrants (1) and daily lifeboat tours – a mammoth fundraising effort by the Torbay team!

And that was all before the big day itself, which began with 76 competitors (including Stormy Stan!) registering for the annual ‘Two Lighthouse Run’ (along the breakwater to Brixham lighthouse, then up to Berry Head Lighthouse before returning). (2)

Visitors to the boathouse area found a wonderful variety on offer from food, craft and retail stalls, activities to try - such as canoeing and water ball challenge - and waterboard, wakeboard, flyboard and jet ski displays.

The RNLI Torbay Community Safety team were on hand to offer advice on staying safe in and around the water, and visitors were kept entertained by Bollywood dancers, live music performances and shanty singers as well as RNLI favourite Stormy Stan amusing the crowds.

Beautiful vintage lifeboats Oniros and Duke of Cornwall were moored at the lifeboat pontoon, and the WAGs Tea Room, Ron’s BBQ and a licensed bar kept everyone fed and watered. The Pedalo Grand Prix (3) saw 18 teams of four battle it out in the water, with competitors going in circles due to faulty rudders, a spectacular capsize by team Passing Wind (soon rescued by the safety boat), broken pedals used as oars - and Brixham’s resident seal Sammy popping up to referee!

Torbay all-weather and inshore lifeboats were joined by the Teignmouth lifeboat The Two Annes for a stunning search & rescue demonstration at 5pm watched by hundreds of spectators lining the breakwater and beach; the demonstration included an ‘un-manned’ spiralling small vessel being recaptured using a rope strung between two lifeboats …

Following the demonstration, dozens of sponsored toy ducks were launched from the all-weather lifeboat, with the winning four individuals super-excited to be pressing the ‘start’ buttons on the fireworks display later. (4)

Fishermen’s Mission Superintendent Matt Skinner led a moving service of dedication below the boathouse at 6.30pm, accompanied by the wonderful Brixham Town Band. Following the service, supporters continued the annual tradition of purchasing candle lanterns to settle on the breakwater or beach as dusk fell to await the Grand Firework Display.

As evening fell, 150 guests set sail on a tickets-only cruise aboard local vessels Dart Princess and Western Lady to enjoy an atmospheric voyage around Torbay with delicious canapes served by the lifeboat crew, before an exhilarating surprise ‘fly past’ by the Severn Class Alec & Christina Dykes all-weather lifeboat at close quarters!

Live music continued on the stage, and the evening ended with a truly spectacular Grand Firework Display (kindly sponsored by local company Inter-Line Building Supplies) which rounded off a long but perfect day.

The RNLI Torbay team wish to thank everyone who helped make this wonderful day a rip-roaring success – all competition winners’ details will be shared on the RNLI Torbay Facebook and Twitter pages, along with lots of wonderful photographs of the day.

Notes to editors

1) ANGLING COMP WINNER: Matt Brooks with a 1lb 5oz mackerel!

2) 2 LIGHTHOUSE RUN WINNERS:

Overall 1st: Jurriaan de Rouw; 2nd: Sean Ingham (Crew Member) and 3rd: Adam Taylor

1st Female: Silvia Morris

1st Junior: Sam Barnaby (son of Crew Member)

3) PEDALO GP WINNNG TEAM: Brixham Sea Anglers: Tim Clyburn, Adam Slack, Joseph Caunter and Maitland Criddle (son of Crew Member)

4) FIREWORK STARTERS: Geoff Cole, Jamie Harvett, Jenson Booth & Joan Coysh


RNLI TORBAY TEAM WISH TO THANK EVENT SPONSORS:

Inter-Line Building Supplies Ltd

The Brixham Steam Packet Company

Bloor Homes

Brixham Trawler Agents Ltd

AND:

the Blue Sea food company : Mifsuds : Boyce Brixham : darby & darby : Cards 2 Confetti : Gliddon Ford : Latitude Clothing : Amy Stanford Photography : T & I Stockman : Ron Campion Interiors : Broadway Pharmacy : Brixham Bait & Tackle : Goldstar Leisure : Adams Gas Heating Ltd : Bradleys Estate Agents : Richard Blake Estate Agents : Hammer & Nails : Ocean Mini Torbay : St Lukes & Greenswood Medical : Caterfood : Berry Head Hotel : RAGE : Breakwater Bistro

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Visiting vintage lifeboats Oniros & Duke of Cornwall with Torbay all-weather lifeboat

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Large crowds attended the Seaside Special event on Sunday 13 August

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Winner of the Two Lighthouse Run Jurriaan de Rouw is presented with his prize by Lifeboat Operations Manager Nick O'Brien

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Stormy Stan kept everyone entertained ...

Chris Slack Photography

Stunning Grand Fireworks Display (sponsored by Inter-Line Builders Merchants) to round off the evening

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