THIS year’s Selsey Lifeboat Week promises to be bigger and better than ever – with treasure hunts, a tug of war and the ever popular raft race.
It’s a whole week jam-packed full of fundraising events for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), and last year it raised thousands for the all-important lifeboat station.
And it kicks off tomorrow (August 4).
“We have an exciting eight days of events planned, with something for everyone,” said Colvin Rae, chairman of RNLI Selsey lifeboat station branch.
“With your help we hope to raise a significant amount towards the funding of our new lifeboat. I hope you will come along and support as many events as possible.”
The fundraising week begins tomorrow with a clay pigeon shoot and a service on Lifeboat Green.
It ends with the raft race the following Sunday – always a great watch. Competitors must build their own rafts and race along the Selsey coast.
Last year, there were 14 teams, including the owl and the pussycat, some superheroes, and of course the Selsey lifeboat crew.
After the race there is a funfair, raffle and many stalls on Lifeboat Green, as well as a parachute display and the launch of the station’s finest lifeboats.
And there’s plenty in the week to get excited about – Monday’s Lifeboat Open Evening will give visitors the chance to visit the station’s 47-foot Tyne-class all-weather 47-031, Voluntary Worker, and the 16-foot D-class inflatable inshore lifeboat D-691, Betty and Thomas Moore.
There will also be the chance to talk to the crew as they guide visitors around the station and boats and visit the museum where an exhibition of the station’s history will be on show.
The treasure hunts on Tuesday and Saturday are a great way to get to know Selsey.
The tug of war on Friday is sponsored by the Observer, and gets more competitive every year – get together a team of eight, and have a go.
After the ‘war’, visitors can enjoy the funfair on Lifeboat Green and wait for the spectacular firework display over the sea.
Indoor activities include the quiz night at The Seal pub and the race night at the British Legion.
All the events will be raising cash for the RNLI, in particular Selsey’s new lifeboat.
“We are looking forward to having our new, Shannon-class all-weather lifeboat on station towards the end of 2014,” said Colvin.
“This will replace the current Tyne-class, Voluntary Worker, a class which is almost 30 years old.
“It is vital our volunteer crew can have the best equipment available to help them save lives at sea and keep them safe while so doing.”
The RNLI relies on volunteers, costs around £385,000 a day to run nationally and is entirely supported by voluntary contributions.
Last year, Voluntary Worker and the D-class lifeboat launched 27 times.
In the first quarter of 2013, Voluntary Worker launched three times.
Anyone who would like to support the lifeboat station can take part in one of the many events on offer.
For more information about the week, visit www.selseylifeboats.co.uk or pick up a programme in many shops around Selsey.
n Sunday, August 4
Clay pigeon shoot, 10am, Bunn Leisure
A service of praise and thanksgiving led by The Rev James Wesson, 6.30pm, Lifeboat Green
n Monday, August 5
Lifeboat station open evening, 6pm-9pm, lifeboat station
n Tuesday, August 6
Walking Treasure Hunt, start time 6pm-6.30pm, Hillfield Road car park, entry £1 per person
n Wednesday, August 7
Quiz night at The Seal, 9pm, The Seal, Hillfield Road, entry £2 per person, teams can be entered on the night
n Thursday, August 8
Race night at the Royal British Legion, doors open at 6.30pm, first race 8pm, Royal British Legion Club, High Street
n Friday, August 9
Tug of war, 7pm, Lifeboat Green, teams must be formed of eight people, to enter call Andrea Ford on 07917 711352 or email email@example.com
Firework Display, 9.30pm, lifeboat gantry
n Saturday, August 10
Flag day with Stormy Stan, all day, Budgens and the High Street
Car treasure hunt, starts between 4pm-5pm, inshore boathouse, £5 per car and driver, 50p per passenger
n Sunday, August 11
Raft race, 1pm, for entrance details contact Alistair Ghinn on 07780 875837 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifeboat launch day, all day, for a more detailed schedule see the Selsey Lifeboat Week programme.