West Mersea Town Regatta takes place on
Mersea Island in Essex, and has been running
The Town Regatta is run by a hard working
voluntary committee and although it is
usually held at the end of Mersea Week, has
no connection with other clubs and is
The sailing events take place on Regatta day
morning. There are about 23 different
classes which include smacks, dinghies and
cruisers, so there is a suitable class for
every sailing boat to enter. The River
Blackwater is literally full of boats!
For many sailors, this is the only race they
will do in the year, giving them an
opportunity to compare their performance
against other similar boats.
The Watersports events get underway in the
afternoon at about 3.30 pm, with a variety
of rowing and sculling races, an outboard
motor balloon race and a swimming race. The
final event is 'Walking The Greasy Pole'
which is rigged over the side of the Thames
Barge Committee Boat.
Entries for the Watersports are free and
entering is not required - just be on the
start line in a suitable boat for the event.
Full details of all races are printed in the
Regatta Programme, on sale in many local
For more information about West Mersea
visit their website