Eastbourne lifeboat regatta is to end in its current format with the final cheque presentation taking place recently at the lifeboat station at Sovereign Harbour
The Eastbourne Regatta was started back in 2004 by Mark Robinson and Mark Sawyer, second coxswain and coxswain of Eastbourne Lifeboat, with help from members of their crew and other volunteers. Mark coordinated lifeboat crew and their friends and families in helping stage the event which over the ten years generated in excess of £80,000 for the RNLI. The event has been supported by Bates Wharf, Premier Marinas, Harveys Brewery from Lewes and Mercedes Benz of Eastbourne. Additional funds were raised through revenue generated by advertising and sponsorship of the races by a great number of local businesses. Attending the cheque presentation were Simon Yates from Harveys and Graeme Dengate from Mercedes.
Presenting the cheque Mark Robinson said: “I would like to thank everyone, especially the crew and their wives and families that have helped run this event and so raise funds for our lifeboat station. There are too many to mention individually but a big thank you to everyone. I would also like to thank all the companies that have supported the event through advertising, sponsorship or providing help in other ways. With the development of the remaining sites on the harbour it is time to call it a day for the event as we have run it, although there will still be a regatta over the August bank holiday weekend run by Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club.”
The cheque for £12,542.79 was presented to Dr Colin McKee and will be used towards the running of Eastbourne Lifeboat station.