White Sail Event
Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th August 2020
Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is a celebration of sailing and this year leads up to the Mayflower 400 celebrations which start on Sunday with the River Pageant. We are conscious that there are plenty of sailors who don't necessarily want to race all the time. Our White Sail Event is designed for sailors who want to enjoy the pleasures of Start Bay during Regatta and is ideal for crews who like a challenge but don't want the hurly burly of racing. Come and enjoy a relaxed couple of days sailing for family and friends where brain rather than brawn will be needed. There is no need for large numbers of crew and spinnakers are not allowed .
Last year the event was held over the Bank Holiday at the start of Regatta Week, but this year it is back to its traditional timing alongside the main yacht racing, and with the added bonus of a rest day in the middle! We hope many cruising yachtsmen and families who don't want to join in the formal racing will enjoy this fun event.
Each day has its own set of prizes so don't worry if you can only take part on one of the days. We hope those with more time and local boats will enjoy the different challenges on both days.
On Thursday 27th, there will be a Cruising Skills Competition. Within a maximum time of 5 hours, boats will clock up miles (whether by sailing or motoring), and can earn extra ‘miles’ by choosing from a list of activities. This year's competition details will be available here a few days beforehand, but meanwhile take a look at last year's competition here for an idea of what's involved. Start anytime from 08:30 onwards, and bring your competed form to RDYC at 16:00 for a convivial judging session.
On Saturday 29th, the event will run jointly with the Gaffers Event and will take the same format as in previous years, with boats sailing a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. The course will be decided by 20:00 the previous day, depending on the weather, and to keep clear of the main race fleets. It will be emailed in pdf format to all entrants, available to download from the website, and printed to collect from RDYC - or contact us beforehand if these arrangements don't suit you. Boats will compete under their NHC handicap which can be found on the RYA website (http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/nhc.aspx). For those not listed, a handicap will be allocated according to the best guess of the Chairman in the spirit of the event. Instructions will be here together with a Start Bay marks chart (TBC). You can cross the start line any time between 10:45-11:00, and declaration forms must be returned to the RDYC no later than 16:00.
There will be a prizegiving each day.
The White Sail Event is actually open to all yachts regardless of the colour of their sails, provided spinnakers and specialist racing sails are not used. If in doubt, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check your eligibility.
Get your entry in early to take advantage of the early-bird discount - just £12 per day or £20 for both days until 31st July. After that, the full fee is still only £15 per day, or £25 for both days. Click here for information on how to enter.
Please note that this event is not covered by a Notice of Race.