We were sailing full of pride

1992: The Mail's coverage of the regatta
1992: The Mail's coverage of the regatta

POOLIES will have their fingers crossed for some decent weather this bank holiday weekend. ANDREW LEVETT looks back at some fun in the sun at the same time of year back in 1992.

BANK holiday crowds flocked to Hartlepool Marina for a sweltering climax to the town’s Spring Regatta.

Bright sunshine brought out the shorts and T-shirts for the ambitious event, organised by the Tesside Development Corporation, Hartlepool Borough Council, the town’s yacht club and the North-east Coat Racing Association.

Many eyes were on the dragon boat competition, which came to an unceremonious end for one 22-strong crew.

Rounding a buoy at top speed, the boat tipped up and sent the horrified paddlers into the water – much to the amusement of spectators on the dockside.

Bank holiday Monday, May 25, 1992, also saw the launch of Pride of Teesside, which was to represent the area in the British Steel Challenge Round the World Yacht Race starting in September, coming home fifth of the ten yachts.

Hartlepool Yacht Club’s inshore race gave local sailors a chance to show what they could do but the regatta included more than water-based events.

TFM DJs Francis Currie and Nick Wright hosted a radio roadshow and Philip Middlemiss, described by Mail reporter Damian Spellman as “Hartlepool’s Coronation Street heart-throb” was on hand to sign autographs.

Local musicians and gunnery displays also entertained the crowds.

Teesside Development Corporation chief executive Duncan Hall said the regatta would help put Hartlepool on national and international sailing maps.

He told the Mail: “The varied range of events that are taking place during the regatta, both on and off the water, shows that the Marina is bringing a new focus to the life of Hartlepool, offering opportunities not imagined before but which are available to a wide cross-section of people.”

Do you have any memories of the regatta? Contact Andrew Levett by emailing andrew.levett@northeast-press.co.uk or write to him at Hartlepool Mail, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX.