Saturday 26 May saw the 1948 sailing relay torch arrive in Babbacombe to be looked after by Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club. It was down on Oddicombe Beach most of the day where the club had fun activities going on including various games.
It then travelled up the cliffside in Babbacombe Cliff Railway and was taken to the Sailing Club in St Marychurch where there was an evening of celebrations with live music and entertainment.
Sunday morning and the torch was off to Teignmouth to be met halfway by Seasports South West on the next part of its relay by boat from Oddicombe. The final destination for the torch is Weymouth, home of the sailing events at this year’s Olympic Games.
Ken Ricketts, Rear Commodore of Babbacombe Sailing Club, said “It was lovely to have the torch here over the weekend. We were delighted to be a part of this special relay and everyone had a great time. We’re so lucky to have Oddicombe Beach on our doorstep as it’s a great, family beach and a lovely place to learn and to sail from. This is a very friendly club and the clubhouse was full on Saturday night. We’re always looking for new members, whether you’re interested in sailing or just looking for somewhere to socialise and we run various sailing courses throughout the year.”
The next sailing event is the Club’s regatta which will be held over the weekend of 16 and 17 June.
For more information on Babbacombe Sailing Club go to www.babbacombe-sc.com.