Regatta 2018

Regatta 2018

Information for competitors

Plans for 2023 are well underway and this page (which refers to 2022) will be updated shortly.

 Berthing Information

1.       Darthaven Marina. www.darthaven.co.uk   Tel: 01803 752545.

With full Marina facilities they are able to accommodate a significant number of competitor boats of under 40ft rafted within the Marina. Whilst they do not pre-book please contact them directly to discuss your berthing requirements. There are also lifting and launching facilities.
 
2.   Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority DHNA www.dartharbour.org/ Tel: 01803 832337.
Dart Harbour has many moorings of different types throughout the River; these are available on arrival first come first served.  There is an excellent Yacht Taxi service (0800 to 2300) to reach Dartmouth or Kingswear.  Please note that the harbour yacht taxi must be booked at least 30 minutes before closing time (inner zone) or 45 minutes before closing (outer zone). VHF Channel 69 call sign ‘Yacht Taxi’ or mobile 07970 346571.
 
3. Royal Dart Yacht Club.   www.royaldart.co.uk    moorings@royaldart.co.uk. Tel. 01803 752496
RDYC has a number of Trots for boats up to 12m. There are usually some available during regatta. From 1st July the moorings officer will know what will be available and you may be able to reserve something suitable.
 
4. Noss on Dart Marina (Premier Marinas) www.premiermarinas.com/UK-Marina-locations/Noss-on-Dart-Marina Tel: 01803 839087
Due to redevelopment work, it is unclear whether visitor berths will be available in 2022. Telephone to check.
Lifting services available up to 12 tonne.
 
5. Dart Marina www.dartmarinayachtharbour.com Tel:01803 837161
 As part of the Hotel and Spa complex, berths are limited over Regatta, telephone to check.
 
6. Blackness Marine. www.blacknessmarine.co.uk/   Tel: 01803 722654
 Up River beyond Dittisham, principally a boat yard and storage facility.
https://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/assetz/new-logo-sm-565dbc78f60a65b887b7fca4d78901ee12ab52587ff47b4ee43636f56b5590bb.pngMobile App for Hearing Requests, Scoring Enquiries and much more

After its successful introduction in 2021, we will again be using the RacingRulesofSailing.org App. This mobile App allows you to submit a Hearing Request (Protest) and other enquiries to the OA without the need to go to the Race Office or Reception. Paper forms will still be available for those who prefer the traditional system.The App also allows you direct access to the Official Noticeboard, time limits, jury decisions and notifications.

The Official Noticeboard will go live on the 15th August, and competitor information will be uploaded a few days before the start of racing. But we suggest you download the App ahead of time, and take a look at some other on-going regattas to familiarise yourself with its layout.

Classes and Ratings

In both the Savills Passage Race and the 4-day Series, the proposed classes include IRC, IRC short-handed and Cruiser. Cruisers may opt to sail with or without spinnaker. In the Series, there will also be Day Sailing Boat, National Squib and One Design classes subject to entries. Please see the Notices of Race (available here) for full details. 
The Cruiser and Day Sailing Boat classes will sail under the South West Yacht Time Correction (SW YTC) System. Boats should apply online at www.swytc.org.uk before entering. This is a free of charge service. Those holding IRC certificates may obtain a SW YTC and enter the Cruiser class if preferred.  Change of class can be made up to August 14th.  (Note that in May 2022, SW YTC joined forces with RYA and RORC, and  the system is now known as the RYA YTC powered by RORC Rating. It remains a free service, all 2022 SW certificates remain valid, and the process for renewing or applying for a new rating remain the same.)

Covid Guidelines

Although Covid tends not to be in the forefront of our minds these days, safety remains a priority.  Please follow any Government guidelines, and remember that a full refund of entry fees is available to anyone cancelling because of a positive Covid test.  Be respectful of others who may have hidden vulnerabilities, and keep social distance if asked to do so.  Our clubs are likely to be crowded but briefings and prizegivings will be held in the RDYC marquee (with the yacht skipper briefing also available via zoom), and many facilities will be available outdoors, including an outside cash bar at RDYC and the riverside terrace at DYC.

Local Hazards

Please be aware a wave monitoring buoy is positioned in Start Bay at: 50° 17.53’N 003° 36.99’W. The picture shows the buoy which can be hard to spot in some conditions. Below the water it is surrounded by a 1 metre defensive frame. Boats should keep well clear of it, both while proceeding to their starting area and while racing.

RDYC’s guide to “Avoiding Rocks” is also well worth a read.