August 18 the date for your diary with 33 rowing races on the agenda

The annual Appledore & Instow Regatta is almost upon us, with many fun events planned in addition to a packed racing schedule on August 18.

This year's regatta week starts on Thursday 15th with a pilot gig race to the middle ridge estuary buoy and back to Appledore quay.

The main event is regatta day on Sunday August 18. Last year's regatta was one of the best on record and the organisers hope that this year will be even better.

There is a large rowing entry of 33 races, two more than last year, with crews as young as 12 from all over the Southwest rowing.

There are also five sailing races for different types of dinghies and catamarans.

The fun activities will centre on Appledore quay with the main event being the unique greasy pole walking attempts - a tradition at Appledore for over 100 years.

There's also the Miller and Sweep flour battle, boat tug of war, gig and punt chase and sculling over the stern race, and many more.

The following week sees the World Championship Crabbing Contest, last year televised as part of a TV series starring Rory Mcgrath, take centre stage, as well as further races including model yacht racing for the youngsters.

This year's regatta promises to be a full week of free entertainment and fun for all.