As high tide was reached, three St Ayles Skiffs were launched from their new pontoon at the Town Jetty. Festivities began with a speech from Alan Thorne. Philippa Foster Back CBE, (in memory of her husband Simon Foster) accompanied by Faversham’s Mayor, Trevor Martin, cut the ribbon and declared the pontoons open. They rowed up to the Bridge before racing started.

Simon Picot from the Elephant pub team reports: “The creek was alive with cheering crowds, including three generations of my family and friends. The view of Faversham from the creek is magical, and the rowing of skiffs is a good use of this under used waterway. Herne Bay rowing club’s mostly teenager team won the contest with the fastest run at 3mins 51secs. An exhilarating day that has grown in size, organisation and quality from last year’s brave beginnings.”

Faversham Creek Trust