Looking forward to Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week 2024 – from our Chairman, Peter Boote:

Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week Welcomes You Aboard!

This year is the 179th Dartmouth Royal Regatta and it will be a great event both on and off the water. The sailing includes dinghy racing on the River Dart and yacht racing out in Start Bay. This year we will again have a drone filming the racing so that you will be able to see action from out on the water at the club or when in town. After their success last year, we will again be using remotely controlled marks on one or two of the yacht courses which help improve the accuracy of the racing while lowering our environmental impact by reducing fuel usage and not damaging the seabed.

The Regatta is one of the oldest in the UK being first held in 1822. Royal Assent from H.M. Queen Victoria was received in 1856 and it 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 in 2024 the Sailing Week will run from Saturday 24th August through to Sunday 1st September.

Racing starts on Saturday 24th with the Moore Kingston Smith Dinghy Series at Dittisham Sailing Club up river from Dartmouth and the Rockfish Junior Dinghy Series held at the Royal Dart Yacht Club in Kingswear. Prize giving for the Juniors is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th at RDYC and at Dittisham on Tuesday 27th. 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 Saturday 31st and includes the J/109 National Championship. Daily races are sponsored (TBC) by Paradigm Norton, Raymarine, Henri Lloyd, Ancasta and Salcombe Gin with the ever popular Gin and Tonic deliveries to the racers as they return to harbour.

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 Friday 30th and Saturday 31st. This is complemented by the Gaffers Regatta held at the same time.

As the August Bank Holiday falls at the beginning of Regatta Week this year, the formal racing will finish on Saturday allowing visiting crews to return to their home ports on Sunday.  But for local boats and those able to stay the extra day, we will be organising a Charity Event on Sunday 1st September (details TBA).

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.

Our Regatta is run by volunteers from the three clubs who jointly manage the whole series of events and all of the considerable logistics of setting up and administering the programme. We thank them all – look out for them in Regatta week wearing polo shirts with the Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week logo and please show your appreciation when you see them.

Finally on behalf of all of us on the Joint Regatta Sailing Committee, we look forward to welcoming back all of our competitors and wish them the best of luck and good sailing!

Peter Boote

Chairman, JRSC Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week