Despite the weather which has blighted most of the events this year, I think everyone who attended our Family Fun Day on Saturday 17 September had a good time. The sea events were the first on the list of “fun” activities with a Wading race to start the day. Everyone, Sandhoppers, Nippers, Juniors, Seniors, Parents and other family members had been split into 4 different coloured teams – red, yellow, orange and blue and enthusiasm was running high to gain points for their relevant team. Each wave of age grouped participants thundered into the sea, the men like a herd of buffalos, and each time at least one person fell flat on their face in the waves after only a few strides – a good laugh for the course markers and safety cover in the water. The look on most parent’s faces was the realisation that this wasn’t an easy race and very hard work! It was decided to scrap the surf (swim) race due to the very messy sea conditions and we swiftly moved onto the Nipper board race – very interesting for the larger members of the teams!

The heavy showers didn’t let up and with a strong cross shore wind things were getting a bit chilly so it was decided to retire to the clubhouse for lunch. Some of the parents had brought bbq’s as we were hoping for a warm, sunny day and I know of at least one family that were determined to have their sausages no matter what. Emma Tredinnick had the bright idea of setting up her cooking facilities in the gear store, with the door open of course.

The heavy showers and strong winds didn’t let up and Traci made the decision to abandon the Fun Day before we all caught pneumonia! Everyone had a drinks bottle kindly donated by SW Water through SLSGB which were filled with stickers, sweets, pens, badges etc donated by Cornwall College, the RNLI and parents. Thanks to everyone who attended, donated things for the goody bottles and helped to fill them. The points results were annouced even though we’d only managed two races – the blue team were the highest scorers.

Thank you to Traci Parker for organising the day, Catherine Eustace for recording the results, everyone who helped with the tent etc and to the water safety cover, a few of whom came off worst of all after first, Trish Merrett, then Niall Merritt and then Jordan Roberts were all weavered – 3 out of 7 not a bad result for those little blighters that live in our sea!

[box]Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who came to support the family fun day at the weekend. Of course, the weather was typical of Surf Life Saving events and finally beat us after lunch. I am really pleased that over 60 people still turned out and competed in the water – so a massive thanks to you all for coming to support the club in this event. Thanks also to those of you who donated goodies for the goodie bags. Of course, a huge thanks also go to the safety cover, who did a great job in very cold conditions. Thanks also to the recorder, Catherine, and her able assistants. Sorry if I have forgotten anyone! Well done to all those who took part – there is always room in the masters team for all of you keen parents! Traci Parker [/box]

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