Friday 30th – Saturday 31st August 2024
Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is a celebration of sailing in all its guises. Our Gaffer 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 alongside modern yachts.
Each day has its own set of prizes so don’t worry if you can only take part on one of the days.
The event will take the same format as in recent years, with boats sailing a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. Gaff-rigged boats will compete under their OGA T(H)CF handicap. Each day’s course will be decided by 20:00 the previous evening, depending on the weather and to keep clear of the main race fleets. It will be emailed in pdf format to all entrants, available to download from the website, and printed to collect from RDYC – or contact us beforehand if these arrangements don’t suit you. The White Sail Event will be following the same course, although with a separate start time and separate prizes.
You can cross the start line any time between 10:30-10:45, and declaration forms must be returned to the Royal Dart Yacht Club no later than 16:00, either in person or by email. Please be aware that emails can be delayed if signal is weak so don’t assume your emailed form has been received unless acknowledged by the Sailing Office.
Please note that this event is not covered by a Notice of Race, and should be sailed under a “Red Ensign”.
Important: Please check your insurance to ensure that you are covered at least for third party liability risks. Although not classed as formal racing under RYA terminology, your insurer may exclude or limit cover in a timed event such as this, which some might interpret as racing.
Communication on VHF Channel 12. A mobile phone must also be carried to comply with the Emergency Procedures (available here nearer the time). If wished, you can join a WhatsApp group with the White Sail yachts for sociable chat and sharing of photos during the day.
Prizegiving (TBC) will be on Saturday, with both Daily and Series prizes.
Get your entry in early to take advantage of the early-bird discount – just £14 per day, or £23 for both days until 31st July. After that, the full fee is still only £18 per day, or £28 for both days. Click here for information on how to enter, or click here (after 1st February) to go direct to online entry and payment for this event.