Looking forward to Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week 2022 – from our Chairman, Peter Boote:

Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week Welcomes You Aboard!

2022 will see the 177th Dartmouth Royal Regatta and it will be a great event both on and off the water.

Our Regatta is one of the oldest in the UK being first held in 1822. The regatta received Royal Assent from H.M. Queen Victoria in 1856 and 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.

We are continuing to monitor developments in the ongoing pandemic situation, and the safety of all involved in regatta – competitors, support personnel and the local town – will remain of paramount importance. However we are hoping to offer a sailing programme as near normal as possible. Our charter stipulates that the Regatta must include the last Friday in August and in 2022 the Sailing Week will run from Saturday 20th through to Sunday 28th August.

The programme will kick off with racing for dinghies at Dittisham  and Kingswear, followed by the Yachting events in Start Bay. With top-quality race management, these will offer superb competition for experienced race boats, less pressured options for novices or family crews, and fun events for those who just love messing about in boats! With this year’s Bank Holiday falling at the end of Regatta week, the main 4-day yacht racing series will revert to its traditional timing of Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th August, meaning less days off for working crew and Monday available for visiting yachts to return to their home ports.  Please visit our Races and Events page for the latest information.  Notices of Races are available now, and entries are open.

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