Fowey Regatta future secured after agreement with mussel farmers reached
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
Sailing in St Austell Bay will continue as usual for now, after the sport's governing body reached an agreement with two mussel farms which were setting up in an area which is used by racing boats.
Two farms had applied to permission to expand their pre-existing operations in the bay, which would create two new rope-grown mussel farms.
However, the chosen areas were in the way of routes used by competitive sailors, and the farms would have presented a hazard to the boats navigating the area. This led to the worry that recreational boating in the area, and even the Fowey Regatta itself would suffer as a consequence.
However, after the Royal Yachting Association intervened, an agreement was reached to change the location of the farms, to the benefit of all parties involved.
The Fowey Regatta is a major sporting event not just in Cornwall, but right across the UK. Not only would the interference have affected the event, but it would have also risked the future of boating as a whole in Fowey. There are around 200 associated jobs with the industry in the area, so it would have been a huge loss.
With this great news, why not plan your trip to next year's Regatta and book your room? It may be a long way off, but it's never too early to look for hotels in Fowey, right?
Photo courtesy of Rib, under Creative Commons