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Scilly’s First Islands’ Regatta (26th-29th)

August 26, 2016

It’s Full Sail Ahead for Scilly’s First Islands’ Regatta!

In the past, ships approached the Isles of Scilly with trepidation – it’s the most shipwreck-strewn area of British waters. But on Friday, 26 August, a small fleet of 25 classic and traditional boats will sail into St. Mary’s harbour confident of a warm reception, as the centrepiece of Scilly’s first Islands’ Regatta.

After congregating in Falmouth the night before, the flotilla’s arrival will launch a weekend-long celebration of the Isles of Scilly’s unique maritime history, running from 26 to 29 August. Visitors over the August Bank Holiday weekend will be treated to a Round the Island race circling St. Mary’s, a Parade of Sail between St. Mary’s and Tresco, and a visit from a Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, which will be open to the public. A breathtaking display from the Red Arrows will top the bill on the final day.

Concluding Scilly’s biggest event of the summer will be a thrilling aerobatic display over the islands by the Royal Air Force Red Arrows. The 25-minute display by the world-famous Hawk jets and their pilots will start at 3pm on Bank Holiday Monday, 29 August. 

Back on land, visitors can also enjoy a non-stop shoreside programme with live music from local bands, ale festivals, street entertainment, stalls and demonstrations. There will be a guided walk by leading historic shipwreck expert Richard Larn, and a maritime exhibition at the Isles of Scilly Museum.

Children’s activities will include a swashbuckling pirate cruise from St. Mary’s to St. Martin’s on Saturday afternoon, with storytelling, colourful nautical characters and an island treasure hunt at Karma St. Martin’s Hotel. Pop-up performances of poems, stories and theatre will surprise and entertain outdoors, in shops and on boats. And Scilly’s much-loved annual RNLI Water Carnival takes place on the Sunday, with favourites such as a raft race, slippery pole and ‘Dunk the Hunk’.

Visiting the Islands’ Regatta for the day or popping over to see the Red Arrows is easy. You can sail to St. Mary’s on the Scillonian III passenger ferry from Penzance, soaking up the sights of the Cornish coastline and the islands from the sea. Then enjoy an afternoon at the regatta before returning by ship at the end of a memorable day. Anyone sailing or flying to Scilly for the event can take advantage of a special 10% discount on travel, valid from 24 to 31 August. Quote MTM when making your booking through Isles of Scilly Travel ( If you live in Cornwall within the TR postcode, you can also take advantage of a new locals’ travel offer for day trip sailings on Sundays in August and September, with a saving of a third off the brochure fare. 

If you and your family love the sea, then the Isles of Scilly is the place to be over the August Bank Holiday weekend. For more information, visit:

The Islands’ Regatta is one of a series of new events on Scilly for 2016 supported by the Coastal Communities Fund. Other events include the first Taste of Scilly festival running throughout September, when Scilly raises a glass to the very best of its local food and drink.


August 26, 2016
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Porthcressa Bank, St. Mary's,
Isles of Scilly,, TR21 0LW, United Kingdom
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