The day started out very well; the sun was shining and there wasnít a cloud in the sky. The girls, Terrie, Rose, Lou and Mandy, were set up under a gazebo by 13.30, busy taking registration fees, selling Lifeboat Week programmes and fishing bait.
The competition started at 14.30 with thirty-four anglers taking part. By 14.35 a heavy squall descended, with bucketing rain and strong wind, leaving the gazebo in bits and four drenched girls heading for home.
Unperturbed by the weather, the majority of the anglers continued through to the end. A number of fish were caught including several Black Bream, Gilt Head Bream, a small Tub Gurnard and a small Bass, both of the latter being released back to the sea. The winning fish was a 2lb Black Bream, caught, we understand, by a former member of the Lifeboat Crew.
During the competition the anglers were afforded the opportunity of watching the Inshore Lifeboat being launched to aid a power boat with engine failure, eventually towing it back to the East Beach ramp, giving a clear insight as to where the fund raising monies go. Despite Willís protests, we can confirm that he was not given a refund just because he was called out on the shout!
On behalf of Selsey Lifeboat, a big thanks to the anglers who braved the elements, to John, Tony and Mark from Insulated Construction Ltd who sponsored this event and donated the prize money and trophies, to the girls who helped out, and to the others who made contributions, all of whom made this event a resounding success, raising a very substantial amount for the new Selsey Lifeboat.
Looking forward to seeing you all again next year!!
(Article written by Clive Wildman, Organiser of the Beach Fishing Competition)