Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this page is still under construction.

Information is given here for guidance, and we make every effort to ensure it is accurate and up-to-date.  However in the event of any discrepancy, the official noticeboard, signals and race documents take precedence.

Q: What is the programme for the sailing races?
Q: Do I need any qualifications or experience to enter?
Q: Do I need my own boat to enter?
Q: When can I enter?
Q: What is the entry fee?
Q: Which class can I enter?
Q: How can I check which class or division I’m in? And who else is there?
Q: I’m not happy with the division I’ve been allocated (in the Yacht Series). Can this be changed?
Q: My sail number has changed. Who should I tell?
Q: How should I deliver my dinghy and where can I park my trailer?
Q: What is the timing for a typical day’s racing?
Q: What happens if the weather is bad?
Q: When and where is the competitors/skippers briefing and the prize-giving?
Q: Where can I get medical assistance?
Q: Where can I get something to eat?
Q: What entertainment and social events will there be?
Q:Where can I get cash?

 

Q: What is the programme for the sailing races?

A: See the Races and Events page for an overview of the sailing programme. Nearer the time, the Calendar page will give further details of timings.  Back to top

 

Q: Do I need any qualifications or experience to enter?

A: There are no specific requirements, but these races and events are not suitable for sailing novices. For the races, a season's experience of club racing is recommended, and for the informal competitions (White Sail and Gaffers) a standard equivalent to RYA Coastal Skipper is recommended. If you’re a newcomer to regatta sailing, don’t worry as help & advice will be available.  Back to top

 

Q: Do I need my own boat to enter?

A: As an entrant, you would be responsible for providing a suitable boat (and crew). If you do not own one, you may be able to charter, or borrow from your club. If you want to join the crew of a yacht, you can look for opportunities though our crew search page, and some sail-training companies offer places for individuals to join the crews on their yachts.  Back to top

 

Q: When can I enter?

A: Because of the pandemic-related uncertainties this year, we introduced Advance Registration. This has now closed except for the Junior Dinghies - it is initially free and without commitment.  Full entry with payment is now avaiable. Late entries are accepted up to the morning of the event concerned for Dinghies, White Sail and Gaffers, or until 17:00 the previous day for the Yacht and Day Sailing Boat races (see NoR available here for details). Please click here for more information on how to register or enter, or click here to go directly to the online registration/entry system.  Back to top

 

Q: What is the entry fee?

A: Entry fees for 2021 have been held at the same rate as in 2019, and there is an early-bird discount available until 31st July (except for the Juniors where we offer the discounted rate even for late entrants!) 

 

 

Early-bird fee (until 31st July)

Full fee (from 1st August)

Rockfish Junior Dinghies*

As helm (all classes)

£20/day, £45 for 4 days

(same)

As crew (in RS Feva)

£10/day, £20 for 4 days

(same)

Pilot Financial Senior Dinghies

 

£12/day, £36 for 4 days

£12/day, £48 for 4 days

Savills Passage Race

 

£20

£25

4-day Yacht and Day Sailing Boat Series

Over 12.5m LOA

£60/day,  £180 for 4 days

£60/day, £240 for 4 days

Over 10m to 12.5m LOA

£55/day, £165 for 4 days

£55/day, £220 for 4 days

Over 7.5 to 10m LOA

£50/day, £150 for 4 days

£50/day, £200 for 4 days

Over 6m to 7.5m LOA

£45/day, £135 for 4 days

£45/day, £180 for 4 days

6m and under LOA

£25/day, £75 for 4 days

£25/day, £100 for 4 days

White Sail and Gaffer Events

 

£12/day, £20 for 2 days

£15/day, £25 for 2 days

* Fees for junior dinghies are per child, and include lunch (Covid-related restrictions permitting). All other fees are per boat.

Fees can be paid by Credit Card, PayPal, GoCardless, Cheque or Cash. If events are cancelled for any reason associated with the current pandemic, entrants will be offered the options of a full refund or to carry over their entry to 2022. If the entrant cancels, there is an administration fee of 4% until 31st July (to cover payment charges), then 50% until a week before the race for dinghies, or 14th August for yachts (see NoR available here for details), and no refund thereafter except in exceptional circumstances. However refunds will be made to competitors withdrawing at short notice due to a positive Covid test or an official requirement to self-isolate.

Note also that for visiting yachts, harbour dues (but not berthing fees) will be waived by Dart Harbour from Wednesday to Sunday night inclusive.  Back to top

 

Q: Which class can I enter?

A: Junior dinghy classes are one-design, so entries are only accepted from the following boats: Topper, RS Tera Pro, RS Tera Sport, RS Feva.

For the Senior dinghies, there are classes for Laser (standard rig), Laser (radial rig) and National Solo, and other boats should enter in the PY handicap class.

For the yacht/day boat series, there will be a class for National Squibs. Other boats for the Series, and also for the Passage Race, should enter according to which rating certificate they hold – either IRC, SW YTC for the Cruiser classes, or JCH for the Classic Yachts (click here for more information). Other one-design classes may be added if there are sufficient entries, so if interested, please enter initially according to your rating certificate and indicate on the entry form that your boat is class-compliant. Our aim is to offer as much flexibility as possible in this year of Covid-related uncertainty. Those holding IRC certificates may obtain a SW YTC and enter the Cruiser class if preferred. Non-spinnaker options are available for both IRC and Cruiser yachts, perhaps suiting those who prefer to sail with family-only crews, or be unable to muster the full crew numbers. Change of class can be made up to August 13th. (See NoR available here for details)   Back to top

  

Q: How can I check which class or division I’m in? And who else is there?

A: To find your class and division, go to the List of Entries, click on All Entries (searchable). Type your name, boat name or sail number into the search box. Provisional classes are showing now, but these may be subject to change - we will contact the entrants concerned by email if there are insufficient entries for an advertised class, or if there are sufficient entries to form a one-design class. Divisions for the Yacht classes will be announced by 21st August.

To see who else is competing in the same class or division, go to the List of Entries and select the relevant link from the list.   Back to top

 

Q: I’m not happy with the division I’ve been allocated (in the Yacht Series). Can this be changed?

A: Divisions are decided by the race management team to give fleets with evenly matched boats. They are based on the rating (either IRC or SW YTC) which is independently assessed based on the boat’s measurements. However choosing the split points can be quite tricky when widely differing craft have entered. If your boat’s rating is close to a division boundary and you are unhappy with the decision, please contact the help desk ASAP to discuss this. It is not possible to change after racing has started.   Back to top

 

Q: My sail number has changed. Who should I tell? ?

A: Before the start of racing, please email entries@dartmouthsailingweek.com. Once racing has started, please email or inform the help desk/reception – for the Yacht series, you will be asked to complete a Request Form.   Back to top

 

Q: When/how should I deliver my dinghy and where can I park my trailer?

A: Directions and joining instructions are given on the Getting around and Parking page, or to download in the General Information documents (pdf) available here. Seniors please note that roads around Dittisham are very narrow and it is important to follow only the recommended route.   Back to top

 

Q: What is the timing for a typical day’s racing?

A: Pilot Financial Senior Dinghies : Competitors arrive at DSC about 90 minutes to an hour before the first race (see NoR/SIs for start time, which changes daily due to the tide) to prepare and launch their boats, and attend the daily briefing. There are usually two races, each lasting about 60 minutes with about 30 minutes between. There is a window of 2 hours after racing for protests to be lodged. Provisional results are usually available online within an hour of the finish of racing, and any scoring enquiries should be lodged promptly. Refreshments for all competitors are usually provided at DSC after racing, followed on the last day by prize-giving, but arrangements this year will be announced later dependent on government restrictions. (NoR available here, also SIs from 31st July)

Rockfish Junior Dinghies : Competitors arrive at RDYC around 09:00 to prepare their boats, attend a briefing at 09:30, and then launch ready for racing to start at 10:30. There are usually two races. Protests are lodged while still on the water. The children come back off the water around 12:00-12:30. Provisional results are usually available in the marquee and online within an hour of the finish of racing. Refreshments for parents are usually available all morning, and lunch for competitors is provided about 12:30 (Covid-related restrictions permitting), followed by daily prize-giving. The main prize-giving will be on Thursday evening at RDYC (NB note change of location), and will be available via Zoom. (NoR available here, also SIs from 1st August)

Savills Passage Race: Competitors should arrive off Brixham in time for the 14:00 start. The race to Dartmouth takes 1-4 hours depending on the weather, tide and boat type, with a cut-off at 18:00. There is a window of 1 hour (TBC) after the last boat finishes for protests to be lodged. Provisional results are usually available online within an hour of the finish of racing, and any scoring enquiries should be lodged promptly. Prize-giving will be at RDYC (NB note change of location) on Thursday evening and will be available via Zoom. (NoR available here, also SIs from 1st August)

Yacht and Day Sailing Boat Series : Competitors should check for signals at RDYC (repeated at Darthaven) and set off from their berths to reach their designated course area in time for the 10:30 start. There are usually two races, each lasting about 60-90 minutes, with the second following as soon as practicable after the first finishes. There is a window of 2 hours (TBC) after racing for protests to be lodged. Provisional results are usually available online within an hour of the finish of racing, and any scoring enquiries should be lodged promptly. It is the intention this year to hold the daily prize-giving on the same evening (plus the Series prizes on Sunday) and these will be available via Zoom. (NoR available here, also SIs from 1st August)

White Sail and Gaffer Events : Except for the White Sail Cruising Skills on Saturday (where competitors choose their own times between 08:30 and 16:00), competitors should arrive off Blackstone Point ready for a 15 minute start window (Gaffers from 10:30, Whie Sail from 10:45). The course usually takes 2-4 hours, and timings should be reported back to RDYC by 16:00. Provisional results are usually available online within an hour of the finish, and any scoring enquiries should be lodged promptly. (As these are not formal races, protests are not allowed). Prize-giving will be on the same evening (Saturday 18:00, Sunday 17:00) and will be available via Zoom. Please click for more details for White Sail and Gaffers.

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Q: What happens if the weather is bad?

A: The start of racing may be delayed, or the day’s racing cancelled if the weather is unsuitable (too much or too little wind). We will endeavour to inform competitors of cancellations in advance by email, however the official signals for the Savills Passage Race and the Yacht Series will be signalled on the flag pole at RDYC (repeated at Darthaven and also at Brixham YC for the Passage Race), and for the senior dinghies will be announced at the daily briefing - see the Sailing Instructions for details (available here from 1st August). For the White Sail and Gaffer events, competitors will be informed by email. If races in the Series are lost, the Race Officers may sometimes be able to make up with extra races on another day (see NoR section Schedule, available here). Regretfully, we are unable to refund entry fees if races are cancelled due to the weather.   Back to top

 
Q: When and where is the competitors/skippers briefing and the prize-giving?

A:  For the Dinghies, daily briefings are held before racing. Seniors : 45 minutes before first race, at DSC.  Juniors : 09:30, at RDYC.  Senior prizegiving is at 17:30 on the last day (Wednesday 18th August) at DSC.  The juniors have a daily prizegiving after racing at RDYC (about 13:30), and the main prize-giving will be at DYC at 18:00 on Thursday evening - arrangements will be announced later. 

For the Yachts, details are given in the Sailing Instructions (available here from 1st August), and also in our detailed Calendar. Although Covid-related restrictions have been lifted, we understand that some competitors may still prefer to maintain social distancing, and we are also very conscious of the need to maintain safety for all competitors, race officials, volunteers and club staff. Numbers attending in person may be limited, and arrangements to view these events via Zoom will be emailed to all competitors nearer the time. This year, it is planned that the daily prizegivings will be on the same day as the races concerned.   Back to top

 

Q: Where can I get medical assistance?

A: If you or your crew suffer an injury or medical emergency during racing, please follow the Emergency Procedures, Appendix 4 in the Sailing Instructions (available here from 1st August).

The nearest A&E Department is at Torbay Hospital (01803 654003, TQ2 7AA).

Minor Injuries Units: The MIU in Dartmouth is permanently closed, and the Minor Injury Units in Totnes is temporarily closed (due to pandemic-related staffing issues). The nearest is in Newton Abbot (8am-8pm) and you can check waiting times here.

GP surgeries: Dartmouth Medical Practice TQ6 9RT, 01803 832212. Compass House Medical Centre, Galmpton TQ5 0PG and Brixham TQ5 9TF, 01803 855897.

Dentists: For emergencies, phone NHS Devon Dental Helpline on 03330 063300 (available 24/7). Local dentists include Fresh Dental (NHS), Collingwood Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9JY, 01803 835476. Dartmouth Dental Practice (private), Victoria Road, Dartmouth, TQ6 9SA, 01803 835418. Brixham Dental Practice (private), 19 New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8NB, 01803 853980.

Pharmacies: Boots, The Quay, Dartmouth TQ6 9JY, 01803 835476. Lloyds, Victoria Rd, Dartmouth, TQ6 9RT, 01803 832474. Well Pharmacy, Bolton St, Brixham TQ5 9DW, 01803 858142.

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Q: Where can I get something to eat?

A: For the Pilot Financial Senior Dinghy Series, light refreshments after racing at DSC are included in the entry fee. During the Rockfish Junior Dinghy Series, lunches for competitors are included in the entry fee, and for friends and family, the bar and coffee station will b open from 10:00 with a reduced bar menu from 12:00, while DYC will offer snacks, lunches and evening meals. Throughout the rest of the Regatta week, RDYC will offer a reduced bar menu at lunchtime and "Street food" from 15:00 (prebooking recommended) and DYC will be serving bar snacks throughout the day. To book, call the RDYC bar on 01803 752496 or DYC steward on 01803 832305. There will also be a small catering marquee at Darthaven from Thursday - Saturday. There is an extensive choice of other places to eat in Dartmouth and Kingswear, and advance booking is highly recommended during Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week, especially this year when many hospitality venues are struggling with staff shortages. Check our Where to Eat page, or our local tourist office Discover Dartmouth. See also the downloadable General Information documents available here.   Back to top

 

Q: What entertainment and social events will there be?

A: Regrettably, the clubs are unable to offer any social events or entertainment this year. The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta Committee has plans in place for events in town, whilst continuing to monitor the COVID situation closely. Live music and fireworks are planned for the evenings, while the usual range of family and sporting activities will provide plenty of daytime entertainment for non-sailing friends and family. Visit the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta website and explore the What’s On section for more details, or sign up for their newsletter. Thier Souvenir Programme is available for £5 (which helps to support all these wonderful events) and includes full details.  Back to top

  

Q: Where can I get cash?

A: Cash is available in the following locations:

Kingswear Post Office (by the lower ferry slip)

Dartmouth Post Office (Spar shop in Victoria Road, beyond the Market square on the opposite side)

Yorkshire Building Society (South Embankment, between Rockfish and The Angel)

Sainsbury's supermarket (opposite the park and ride car park)

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