VIDEO: Selsey Lifeboat tug o’ war

THIS year’s Selsey Lifeboat Week went swimmingly – with raft races, a tug of war, funfair and quizzes, there was something for everyone.

Friday’s tug of war was popular, and Selsey RNLI chairman Colvin Rae said: “I think it’s gone extremely well. I think there’s more people here, more teams.”

The view of the Selsey Lifeboat Station over the tug of war

The view of the Selsey Lifeboat Station over the tug of war

Seven teams battled it out to be the tug of war champions, and the winner was the Selsey Lifeboat crew – beating last year’s champions Seal Island Tyres.

First Selsey Scouts and the Apuldram Centre also gave the tug of war a go in a friendly competition.

Beth Quinn and Dee Fowler were watching the competition in memory of Dee’s dad Joe, as he used to enjoy watching the competition and so the pair now come to watch the event.

“It’s fantastic to come every year,” said Beth.

John Light, former chairman of the RNLI at Selsey, said: “Look at the people, this is Selsey people – they’re tremendous supporters.

“When we started all those years ago it started as a one-day event. Then it’s built up from there and it’s become a major attraction in the Selsey calendar.

“Would you believe it, people on the Bunn Leisure site actually book their holidays to be down here for lifeboat week.”

Another event which brings out the crowds is Sunday’s raft race and lifeboat launch.

Hundreds of spectators massed on to the beach to watch the 16 competitors race on their handmade rafts.

Selsey-based marine blinds firm OceanAIR stormed the competition, coming first and second with OceanAIR 1 and OceanAIR 2.

When asked how it felt to win, Luke Weates from OceanAIR 1, said: “It’s pretty good. It took us ten hours to build. It’s made out of barrels, polystyrene and string.”

In third place was last year’s winner, the Selsey Lifeboat crew.

Chichester Canoe Club got the gong for best-dressed in their Thunderbirds outfits.

Throughout the week RNLI supporters have taken part in a clay pigeon shoot, a service on Lifeboat Green, treasure hunts, quiz nights and race nights, as well as enjoying the fete and fireworks on the green.

On Sunday there were vaious stalls, a BMX and scooter competition, and a display of classic cars and motorbikes, all in aid of Selsey RNLI.

“It was a very successful week,” said Mr Rae.

“We had an excellent turnout, which was much helped by the weather.

“We are extremely grateful to all our supporters and also to the people who contributed to and organised the events.”