Mal de Mer Club Arrives For Annual Sporting Tour

A previous Mal de Mer Club visit

The Mal de Mer Club sportsmen enjoyed the first full day of action on their 2012 tour of Scilly yesterday.

The group came over on Wednesday afternoon to take on islanders in a range of sporting events, something the club has been doing since 1932.

Challenges include everything from sailing to football and archery to tug-of-war. This year, the youngest participant is 22 and the oldest member, who captained the visitors’ sailing team yesterday afternoon, is 72.

Last year saw their biggest turnout when 44 members made the trip. This year numbers are down to 31.

Organisers say that’s partially down to the economy, and because two regulars have recently got married while two are celebrating births.

A familiar face has joined the visitors this year – former Tregarthen’s Hotel Manager, Ben Jakes.

Organiser Jeremy Chadwick described the new sports hall as ‘phenomenal.’ He said it’s making a huge difference to their visit with four badminton matches taking place at once, rather than just a single match previously in the Town Hall.

Jeremy says he enjoys coming over for the camaraderie and catching up with old friends on the islands.

Rob Acton is on first Mal’s tour. He was encouraged to visit by his brother and he’s enjoyed the experience so far.

He endured a 7-hour minibus trip from Lincolnshire and says he’s looking forward to a number of the sporting challenges. The ex-rugby player will be playing hockey and squash against the island teams and says he’ll be keeping his “hidden talents well hidden.”