A FLOTILLA of ribs, motorboats and family luggers, all loaded with children, escorted the Bembridge RNLI Lifeboat into Seaview.

The Seaview RNLI Day, held last Saturday, included a rescue demonstration by the lifeboat crew, who also held a question and answer session, followed by the RNLI Pennant Race.

Sponsored by Seaview boatbuilder V. A. Warren and Son and run by the Sea View Yacht Club, the race was open to all dinghy classes.

It was a family event — the youngest competitor was four-year-old Amaryllis Thomas — with more than 40 boats taking part.

The race winners, in various classes, were Phoebe Cazely, 12, Finlay Stevens, 13, Tom Evans and Simon Broxham.

A special prize for determination and sportsmanship at the helm was awarded to Ella Cecil, 11.

An event spokesperson said: "The lifeboat's visit has been the highlight of Seaview's summer to date.

"There is much talk and happy anecdotes about the visit and the RNLI Pennant Race.

"Seaview is certainly the place to be this August."

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