Regatta 2018

Regatta 2018

Information for competitors

Berthing Information

1.       Darthaven Marina.   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 Tel: 01803 832337.

Dart Harbour has many moorings of different types throughout the River.

For yachts which are competing in the Regatta, moorings on a deep-water pontoon (it is very likely you will be rafted) will be available for the duration of the Event, and will be bookable in advance – please email to book, quoting reference JRSC24.

 For other boats, moorings will be available on a daily first come first served basis. Pre booking is not available, please call Dartnav on Ch11 when passing the castles.

There is an excellent Yacht Taxi service to reach Dartmouth or Kingswear, though it does not allow shore to shore trips. The last taxi is at 22:30. The taxi can be contacted on VHF Channel 69 call sign ‘Yacht Taxi’ or mobile 07970 346571.

3. Royal Dart Yacht Club. 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) Tel: 01803 839087
There are no dedicated visitor berths, but telephone near the time to check if any berths are available.
Lifting services available up to 12 tonne.
5. Dart Marina Tel:01803 837161
 As part of the Hotel and Spa complex, berths are limited over Regatta, telephone to check.
6. Blackness Marine.   Tel: 01803 722654
 Up River beyond Dittisham, principally a boat yard and storage facility.
Mobile App for Hearing Requests, Scoring Enquiries and much more

In 2024, we will again be using the App, and this is also available online at 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 17th 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 Yacht and Dayboat Series, the proposed classes include IRC and Cruiser. IRC boats with both primary and secondary ratings should declare on the entry form which rating they intend to use.  Cruisers may opt to sail with or without spinnaker. The Series will include the National J/109 Championship, and there will also be National Squib, J/24 and other One Design classes subject to entries. Please see the Notices of Race (available here) for full details. 
The Cruiser and Dayboat classes will sail under the RYA Yacht Time Correction (RYA YTC, previously known as SW YTC) System.  Boats should apply online at before entering. This is a free of charge service but must be renewed annually. Entries will be accepted from boats with 2024 YTC not exceeding 1110. Those holding IRC certificates may obtain a RYA YTC and enter the Cruiser class if preferred provided they are “principally designed for cruising”. If unsure which type/group your boat falls into, please email Change of class can be made up to August 16th.
Classic Yachts: See Newsletter Apr-29 regarding possible class for Classic Yachts to compete in a dedicated class in the Series under JCH handicap – please email to express interest, or submit your entry here.  

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.