Maldon Town Regatta returned for an action-packed weekend afloat the River Blackwater this month.

The sailing spectacular saw hundreds flock to the town to enjoy a variety of races including a parade of sail from Osea Pier to Maldon.

Chairman Gerry Courtney said: “The sun was shining, the wind was blowing, it was a perfect day for a regatta.

“On the water the conditions were ideal for the larger boats such as fishing smacks but were quite challenging for the smaller boats.

“Some had to retire due to the tide turning before they got to the outer mark.

“The Parade of Sail race into Maldon was spectacular as usual, with the quay and the Bath Wall filled with spectators.

“The number of people who came to the regatta on shore was probably the most we’ve ever seen.”

There were also plenty of stalls to browse and the stall holders reported good trading all afternoon.

Over 65 people had a go at the Concept II Rowing Challenge run by the Maldon Gig Club.

Gerry added: “It created much hilarity and some very hard rowing.

“Overall it was a great success and a very enjoyable day for all.”

The crew party in the Sail Loft boatyard was entertained by the Fish Street Band followed by the prize giving, attended by the Town Mayor Flo Shaughnessy who presented the many prizes.

Each boat was also given some Maldon Salt donated by the company and a complimentary copy of Classic Boat for each of the crew.