White Sail Event

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018

Please note that this event is not covered by a Notice of Race.
Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is a celebration of sailing and 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 .
Traditionally held on the Saturday of Regatta its popularity has grown leading us to add an extra day so that this year Sunday will bring a different set of challenges for the intrepid crews.
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 additional day.


On Saturday 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 race fleets. It will be emailed in pdf format to all entrants, available to download from the website, and printed to collect from RDYC, and Darthaven Marina. This year, 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 are now available here together with a Start Bay marks chart.


On Sunday, 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 – ranging from man overboard practice to going ashore for ice creams, from dropping the anchor to catching a fish! See here for more details.

Prizegivings for the events will be on Saturday and Sunday at RDYC.


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 info@dartmouthsailingweek.com to check your eligibity.


The entry fee is just £10 per day, click here to enter.