Tarbert puts on the glitz to welcome regatta

Sunrise breaks over the Tarbert Regatta fleet.

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This was the weekend Tarbert was waiting for – an opportunity to welcome crews and spectators back to the waters of Loch Fyne.

And the village didn’t disappoint, turning on the glitz in wall-to-wall sunshine to ensure the Tarbert Regatta was one of the best events to be held in Tarbert. It even welcomed the Waverley for an afternoon visit.

While a fantastic new harbour, incredible weather and a new shoreside amenity area all contributed to improving the event for everyone involved, the overriding success of the regatta was the army of shoreside support who gave their time willingly and freely against a backdrop of uncertainty and setbacks.

Chairman of Tarbert Enterprise Company John Hardie was delighted to welcome this highly anticipated event to the village and said: ‘This is exactly what Tarbert needed. I’m thrilled to start our 2022 festival season in style.

‘Tarbert did what Tarbert does best – pulling together to put on a show that Scotland can be proud of. Even the weather was on our side.’

As well as the three-day regatta, Tarbert hosted its own platinum jubilee celebration, to celebrate the Queen’s 70-year reign, with a tea-party at the harbour marquee to which everyone was invited.

‘While the phrase ‘too many to mention’ is appropriate, there are some people who do need to be mentioned for their unstinting determination to make sure the Tarbert regatta went without a hitch. These include Clyde Cruising Club’s Commodore Geoff Crowley and Johnnie Redman, as well as Tarbert Enterprise Company director Malcolm MacDonald.

‘Thanks also to our outstanding hospitality team headed by Rachel Edwards; Big Vern and the Shootahs and Scott MacDonald who were responsible for making sure there were lots of sore feet and hoarse voices from all the singing and dancing in the marquee; John Hunt, the lone piper; Loch Fyne Pipe Band for its entertainment, the jubilee party organisers amd the model yachts and the fireworks team.’