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Solva Regatta

Raft Race, Sailing Regatta and August Regatta Family Fun Day

Solva Regatta

The Solva Regatta has been part of the village calendar for the last 130 years.

Extremely popular with visitors and locals this is a great event for everyone

So how does it work?

In short, 10 teams compete with the same equipment supplied, 4 on each team.

They have to build a raft in 45 minutes, throw it over the harbour wall into the water, hope it stays afloat, 3 team members race over the harbour to the other side, pick up 4th team member and race back!

First raft to return to quay wall with all 4 team members are declared the Winners!

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Annual August Regatta and Family Fun Day

Solva Raft Race

The annual Solva Raft Race is now held during the week of the May Spring Bank Holiday. Extremely popular with visitors and locals this is a great event for everyone

So how does it work?

In short, 10 teams compete with the same equipment supplied, 4 on each team.

They have to build a raft in 45 minutes, throw it over the harbour wall into the water, hope it stays afloat, 3 team members race over the harbour to the other side, pick up 4th team member and race back!

First raft to return to quay wall with all 4 team members are declared the Winners!

Annual Solva Raft Race

About solva blur

Solva (Welsh: Solfach) is a village, community and electoral ward in Pembrokeshire, Wales. The village comprises principally Lower Solva and Upper Solva.

Location
Solva lies on the north side of St Bride’s Bay, in North Pembrokeshire in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.[2] It lies on a deep valley at the mouth of the River Solva. In the valley is Lower Solva, consisting of a long street ending at the small harbour. Most of the modern development has been in Upper Solva, on the cliff top to the west of the harbour.

History

Solva Harbour showing Lime Kilns

Solvach Bay and harbour, 1748
The village church honors Saint Aidan and is part of the parish of Whitchurch.[3]

The rocks at the entrance to Solva Harbour made it one of the most sheltered anchorages between Fishguard and Milford Haven.[4] Solva became the main trading centre of St Bride’s Bay in the medieval period, and was important for lime burning. Several lime kilns are preserved in the harbour area. In the 19th century, Solva had around 30 registered trading ships.[5] The fading coastal trade has been replaced by tourism, and the harbour is now a boating centre.

The village was the location for Wales’ first butterfly farm, Solva Nectarium, which opened in 1979.[6]

Geology
Solva Harbour is a good example of a flooded valley known as a ria. Local rocks contain fossils from the Cambrian period.[7] and the village gives its name to this rock sequence.

Governance
An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward extends to Brawdy and in fact some of the community was transferred there. The total population of the ward at the 2011 census was 1,877.[8]

Traditional events
Every year on Easter Monday Solva hosts a Duck Race for charity. The ducks are released into the River Solva near Middle Mill and float down stream to Solva harbour. The winner is the first to cross under the footbridge in lower Solva car park.[9]

Each summer, Solva hosts a Regatta which features rowing for adults and children.

Amenities and attractions
The local cliff coast is popular with walkers, and the classic cliff exposures of Cambrian rocks attract amateur and professional geologists.

Solva Woollen Mill, located at the nearby village of Middle Mill, claims to be the oldest continuously working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire. Today the mill mostly manufactures carpets and rugs. There is a tearoom and a shop, and visitors are able to see the looms at work.[10]

Notable people
The musician David Gray moved with his parents to Solva at the age of 8, and attended Solva Community School.[11][12] His parents ran the “Window on Wales” craft shop in the village.[13]
Ex-professional footballer Simon Davies, who played for Fulham and represented Wales, was brought up in Solva. His career started as a teenager at Solva AFC, and it was here that he was talent-spotted.[14]
Meic Stevens, the notable Welsh singer/songwriter, was born in Solva, and spent much of his early life here.[15] In 2002 he released a song and album called Ysbryd Solfa (“The Spirit of Solfa”) which contained songs about his childhood in Solva during the 1940s and early 1950s.[16][17]

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