The Ship in in Elie
The Ship in in Elie

Beach polo tournament arrives next week

Elie beach is set to provide a picturesque setting for the inaugural Scotland’s Cavalry Polo Tournament next weekend.

On Saturday, 19 October, the free event hosted by The Ship Inn will see the polo clubs from The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards pitted against The Scottish and North Irish Yeomanry and The University of St Andrews on the stunning beach.

Three players per team will play a triangular tournament for the coveted Scotland’s Cavalry Polo trophy. Each team will play two games with two chukkas in each game.

Elie beach usually sets the scene for The Ship’s Inn’s iconic cricket season from May–September. The polo tournament promises to be in every sense, a whole new ball game. The tournament will commence at noon and finish with the prize giving at 3pm and is free to watch.

The Ship Inn is something of an institution in Fife. With outstanding views over the beach at Elie, spectators will have first class views of the tournament from the comfort of The Ship Inn’s beer garden.

The Ship in in Elie

A range of burgers, hot dogs and more from the beachside BBQ will be served and the St. Andrews Brewing Co. is on hand to provide a variety of ales and beers for thirsty onlookers.

The Ship Inn has created a VIP Package that will be hosted in the recently launched private dining room at The Ship Inn, The Ship’s Cabin. With floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides it is situated on the sea wall, right above the beach offering the best seats in the house. The package includes exclusive access to The Ship’s Cabin and terrace, welcome drinks on arrival, lunch served with wine and beer and post-match drinks with players. It costs £50 per person; each guest will be entered into a prize draw to win an afternoon tea.

Graham Bucknall, co-owner of The Ship Inn said: ‘We are truly delighted to be hosting the first ever polo tournament on Elie beach. We hope that the tournament will create a legacy for the community and become an annual event in Elie. This promises to be a totally unique spectacle and I know that the crowds will create an exhilarating and unforgettable atmosphere.’

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