Overview of Races and Events

Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is the UK's largest sailing regatta after Cowes Week appealing to the serious racing enthusiast, but also offering family friendly events for the novice or cruising yachtsman.

Rockfish Junior Dinghies | Pilot Financial Senior Dinghies  |  Savills Passage Race | Yacht & Day Sailing Boat Series | Classic Yacht Series |  White Sail Event | Gaffer Series | Sunday Mayflower Pageant


Rockfish Junior Dinghies 


at RDYC Sat 22nd -Tuesday 25th August 

Junior Dinghies will race from Dartmouth/ Kingswear with a range of river courses. Classes expected Toppers, Fevas and Teras. Offering great fun and an excellent introduction to dinghy racing for under 16’s


Pilot Financial Senior Dinghies at Dittisham SC Sat 22nd - Tuesday 25th August 

With 2 races a day planned and favourable tides, there will be challenging racing set in this stunning location. Handicap racing and fleet racing expected for Lasers, Solos, Quests and Streakers


Savills Passage Race Tuesday 25th August 

Tuesday afternoon sees the start of the formal yacht racing, with the Brixham to Dartmouth Passage Race. This race traditionally attracts boats moving on from the previous weekend’s Royal Torbay Regatta as well as many boats which head round from Dartmouth in the morning. Classes expected for IRC, Cruisers and Classic Yachts. The course will be set to take best advantage of the weather conditions, to provide an exhilarating race along this dramatic stretch of coast, with Berry Head and Froward Point providing excellent viewing opportunities.

 Yacht & Day Sailing Boat Series Wednesday 26th -Saturday 29th August 

Superb yacht racing is on three courses in Start Bay, over four days, with usually at least two races per day. There will be a range of handicap classes for IRC, Cruisers, Classic Yachts and Day Sailing Boats, and class racing for Squibs and other classes subject to entries. 

Less experienced crews and those wanting to participate “just for fun” may prefer the lively competition but perhaps slightly less intense atmosphere of the Cruiser class, which this year will use the South West Yacht Time Correction handicap system. There is no charge for obtaining a SWYTC number, please see www.swytc.org.uk for more information.

Top quality Race Management run series of excellent races in Start Bay.  With three courses, the smaller and slower boats will compete close to the river mouth, while the faster boats will make the most of the fantastic sailing grounds of Start Bay. One day (usually Thursday or Friday, and depending on the weather) there will be a longer coastal race.  These spectacular boats with their colourful spinnakers provide a dramatic sight for spectators on the whole coast from Little Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands.

This year we will be introducing an online system for competitors to submit protests or results enquiries (click here for details).  This should speed up preparation of the results and we will aim to hold each daily prizegiving on the same day as its races. There is of course the Series Prize Giving on Saturday evening.  


 Classic Yacht Series Wednesday 26th -Saturday 29th August

Dartmouth is already well known for its role in the Classic Channel Regatta, and entries from Classic Yachts were up at last year’s Royal Regatta. This year we hope to offer separate class starts and lively competition for these beautiful craft alongside their modern cousins in the 4-day Series.


 White Sail Event - Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th August 

For yachts not wishing to race formally, the White Sail Event offers 2 days of fun competition. Open to all sailing yachts – you don’t specifically need white sails, but spinnakers and specialist racing sails are not allowed.  We look forward to welcoming many family crews.

On Thursday, there will be a light-hearted Cruising Skills Competition. Within a maximum time of 5 hours, boats will clock up miles (whether by sailing or motoring), demonstrate their navigation prowess, and clock up extra ‘miles’ by choosing from a host of activities – ranging from traditional seamanship like man overboard practice or dropping the anchor, to fun family frolics like swimming round the boat or catching a fish!  To see what's involved, click here for a previous year's competition, but expect some new challenges!

On Saturday, the boats will set off within a short time window and sail a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. This ever-popular ‘racing-lite’ format provides keen competition without the pressures of a formal start line or round-the-cans racing. The course will be announced nearer the time, to suit the weather. The Gaffers will be following the same course but with a separate start time and separate prizes.  Boats will compete under their NHC handicap (see the RYA website http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/nhc.aspx, or for those not listed, a handicap will be allocated according to the best guess of the Chairman in the spirit of the event).

Each day will round off sociably with tall tale telling and convivial prize givings at RDYC.

Click here for more details 


 Gaffers Series Friday 28th - Saturday 29th

Our Gaffer Event is designed for sailors of Gaff Rigged boats who want to enjoy the pleasures of Start Bay during Regatta, and the challenge of competition against similar boats, but without the hurly burly of racing among the faster yachts. Come and enjoy a friendly and competitive couple of days sailing away from the main race fleets!

On both Friday and Saturday, boats will sail a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. The courses will be announced nearer the time, depending on the weather. Boats will compete under their OGA T(H)CF handicap. Friday’s event will be exclusive to the Gaffers, while Saturday’s event will run jointly with the White Sail yachts (although with separate prizes for the Gaffers).

Daily prize giving TBA.

Click here for more details.

 Sunday - Mayflower Pageant Sunday 30th August

This year we will not be running the usual Sunday Funday Race as Dartmouth Mayflower 400 week will be getting under way with the Grand River Dart Pageant. There will be a procession from Noss towards the Castles, with the Matthew of Bristol and the Brixham trawler Pilgrim playing the parts of Mayflower and Speedwell, followed by a varied armada ranging from yachts to gigs. Participants will be encouraged to "dress overall".  We hope many Regatta competitors will join in (click here for entry details) or watch the magnificent spectacle commemorating this historic anniversary.