Looe Lugger Regatta / Festival 2011

Looe Lugger Regatta 2011Looe Lugger Regatta 2011 was blessed, once again, with wonderful weather and plenty of Luggers from around Cornwall and other far flung parts of the world.

I went down to see the boats on Friday and watch them set off out of Looe Harbour into the bay where they spent Saturday and Sunday racing each other. I am hoping to have the results in as soon as the organisers have collated all the information together. When I have it I’ll post it here and on the official CornishLuggers.co.uk website

More info and photographs of the Looe Lugger Association’s Lugger Regatta 2011, 

More info about our Cornish Lugger Regatta 2011

Races took place on Saturday 4th June from 10.30 and Sunday 5th June from 11.30 but I particularly like the atmosphere in Looe on the Friday night just as all the Luggers are arriving and mooring up on the quayside in the harbour.

We had family visiting us during the week so I didn’t get to take as many photographs as usual but I did manage a quick walk along West Looe Quay.

There were at least a dozen Luggers moored up at the visitors berth and as it was such a lovely evening there were people milling around chatting with crew, listening to music, and generally enjoying the evening. If you were in Looe do drop me a line to share your thoughts and don’t forget to add your pictures to the ilovelooe Flickr group.

Photographs of Cornish Luggers from 2009 and 2011

2009 – If you’d like to see more pictures of Luggers from 2009, I have photographs of Luggers here.

2011 – Click on this link to see this year’s Cornish Lugger photographs.

To see the remaining photographs go to the Cornish Lugger 2011 photo gallery.

Visiting the Lugger Regatta in 2013

If the Lugger Regatta is held in 2013 and you haven’t been before there are some good places from which to view the event.

Viewing moored up Luggers

East Looe Quay – Usually the best place to see the French boat the “” and any of the larger Luggers that attend the event.

West Looe Quay – The best place to view the smaller Luggers. Best place too if you want to chat with the owners and crew members.

Banjo Pier – At the end of out famous Banjo Pier you’ll get possibly the best viewing spot for Luggers anchored in the bay and boats leaving and entering the harbour.

Viewing the Lugger racing

East Looe Beach – Great place to watch the racing (bring binoculars) and take pictures of the boats. After the racing the Luggers anchor up in Looe Bay just off the beach. This is an age old scene and has been going on for centuries.

South West Coastal Path in East Looe – If you stroll out of town up along the coastal path you’ll get a really good vantage point from which to watch the racing and take photographs.

Hannafore Point – If you walk round to West Looe there are some excellent viewing points on Hannafore Point in front of the Hannafore Point Hotel. You can take good photographs here too of the boats as the leave and enter the harbour.

Banjo Pier – as mentioned above, this is a great viewing point for watching the racing too.

Top Secret Tip

The very best place to view the racing is from another boat. If you have a small craft or can blag a ride on a friend’s boat, then this is by far the best way to experience the Luggers in their element.

I hope you like the photographs. Please leave a comment below. Cheers. Chris.

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Cornwall was always one of our dream places to live, so we upped sticks in 2007 and moved to Looe. I now run iLoveLooe.co.uk and various social media locations for Looe on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Say 'Hi' sometime.