Looe Lugger Regatta
The Lugger Regatta in the busy seaside town of Looe is a celebration of the area’s fishing heritage. Traditional Luggers, two masted sailing boats once common along the coasts of England and France, head to the historical port for the regatta. Boats will arrive in Looe during the week leading up to the event depending on weather and tide conditions.
During the regatta, the Luggers, some of which sail across the channel from France, compete in six races spread over the two days of competition. Around fifty boats, many of which were built more than a hundred years ago and lovingly restored by their owners, unfurl their sails in the harbour creating a magnificent spectacle.
How can you take part?
The seaside town of Looe is still very much a working fishing port, level streets snake their way out to the beach where the town’s banjo-shaped pier provides a great viewing point as the boats head in and out of the harbour. The town provides a mix of shops and eateries, many of which are located in buildings dating from the 16th and17th centuries. Across the river in West Looe you can get a grandstand view from the long stretch of seafront above Hannafore Beach overlooking Looe Island. To wind down after a day of racing there is entertainment on the Saturday evening in Looe fish market.
Did you know?
Cornish luggers were the principal vessel of the Cornish fishing industry during its heyday. They were also used as privateer ships and for smuggling back the in 18th and 19th centuries when their speed and manoeuvrability became invaluable in outrunning revenue ships.
The wind it bloweth....
The weather is a fickle mistress and plays a large part in the weekends activities. Too much or too little and the programme for the weekend tends to get changed around a bit, but even if the boats don't leave the harbour, there will be something to see.