A Welcome to Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week 2019 – from our Chairman, Peter Boote:
Dartmouth Roayl Regatta Sailing Week Welcomes You Aboard!
This year we are celebrating the 175th Dartmouth Royal Regatta and it will be a great event both on and off the water. Our Regatta is one of the oldest in the UK being first held in 1822. The regatta received Royal Assent from H.M. Queen Victoria in 1856 and has been a premier event in the yachting calendar ever since.
Set in some of the most picturesque coastline in the British Isles, the natural harbour of the River Dart and the wide expanse of Start Bay bring competitors from all over the UK to take part in these outstanding yacht and dinghy racing events.
Our charter stipulates that the Regatta must include the last Friday in August and this year we have events running from Saturday 24th August through to Sunday September 1st. The sailing activity is complemented by a wide range of shore and river based events centred in Dartmouth.
Racing starts with the dinghies running from Saturday 24th to Tuesday 27th August. The Seniors Pilot Financial Regatta is at Dittisham Sailing Club up river from Dartmouth and the Juniors Rockfish Regatta is held at the Royal Dart Yacht Club in Kingswear. Both venues are ideal for watching the racing so please come along and support the competitors. Yacht racing gets underway on Tuesday the 27th with the traditional Savills Passage Race from Torbay to bring competitors around to Dartmouth. Yacht racing in Start Bay takes place from Wednesday 28th to Sunday September 1st and includes the Spinlock South West IRC Championships which will add another level of competition. Daily races are sponsored by Paradigm Norton, Chatham Marine, Hawksmoor and Salcombe Gin, with the latter’s ever popular Gin and Tonic deliveries to the racers!
All of this ambitious programme of racing and sailing would not be possible without the generous support of the many local and national businesses which sponsor the events. We appreciate the commitment these companies make which enable us to offer our competitors professionally run racing and great prizes (see page 27 for the list of sponsors).
We are very aware that there are sailing families who like to take part in a competition but don’t want the hurly burly of racing starts so we have our “White Sail Event” on the Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday 25-26th August (see page 28). This is complemented by the Gaffers Regatta held at the same time.
Our Regatta is run by volunteers from the three yacht clubs who jointly manage the whole series of events and all of the considerable logistics of setting up and administering the programme. All the volunteers wear polo shirts with the Dartmouth Sailing Week logo so please show your appreciation when you see them.
Finally on behalf of all of us on the Joint Regatta Sailing Committee, may I extend a warm welcome to all of our competitors and wish them the best of luck and good sailing!
Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week