As well as a crabbing competition,
the pirates made and raced scrapheap boats, learned to row and had a go with a
teaching VHF set.
The scrapheap boats were a particular
success; made from waste cardboard, newspaper, string and plastic cups to
whatever design sprang to mind, they varied from simple origami to complex
cup-catamarans and even a rigged two-master with a bowsprit.
sailed across the marina with prizes awarded for the most imaginative and
fastest designs. This activity fired the imagination of the Dads, who got
quite competitive with the sticky tape.
There was serious intent behind the
fun and games: East Cowes Marina assistant manager Rachel Hibberd said "We
organised the fun day to give boat-owning families a chance to get to know each
other - having other families to meet-up with makes boating more enjoyable for
children and parents. There's a lot of pressure on families, so making boats
more fun is a great way to keep the children interested."
participant, Harry (aged three and three quarters) said that it was the best
fun he'd had, and showed his appreciation by falling soundly asleep.
The Family Fun Day was the latest in
a number of activities that East Cowes Marina has organised since joining the
RYA Active Marina scheme at the end of 2013. These have included a
hands-on flare demonstration, talk on Solent weather patterns, own boat
tuition, RYA courses as well as a party and social barbecues.
The Isle of Wight is a popular
holiday destination, and one of the sunniest places in England. Many
visitors come to East Cowes Marina and use it as a base to explore the Island
by bus or bike.
Sandy beaches, amusement parks, castles and quiet
villages are all within a bus ride of the marina, turning the family cruiser
into a holiday home for a few days.
East Cowes is the largest marina on
the Isle of Wight, with 200 berth holders and space for 100 visitors. East Cowes Marina 01983