Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week 2024 – Getting around and parking information

Car parking for competitors | Car parking for visitors | Junior dinghy launching and parking | Launching and parking at Dittisham SC | Ferries water taxis and taxis

Car parking for competitors

Parking during Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is very limited. There will be extensive on-road parking restrictions in Kingswear for the whole week

Darthaven Marina Parking during Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week

Car parking is available at Darthaven Marina on a first come basis. The payment system operates on a Pay-and-Display on entry system combined with Automatic Number Plate Recognition, with one hour free to allow visits to the Chandlery or Post Office, but please note that penalty charges will be incurred for infringements, and there is no facility to pay retrospectively.

It is possible to register with RingGo Cashless Parking. This enables cashless parking by mobile telephone, text, or via an application (free download). RingGo also allows extension of the time paid for – the system sends a text giving a ten minute warning of the finish of time paid for and the extension can then be made on your phone. Details of RingGo are to be found at www.myringgo.co.uk 

Please note that overnight stays in motorhomes or caravans are not permitted in Darthaven Marina car park.

For other travel information, including bus, ferry and park-and-ride services, please see below or visit https://www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk/information

Car parking for visitors

Kingswear Park and Ride 

No announcement has yet been made regarding the Kingswear park and ride.

Dartmouth Park and Ride

For full details from South Hams District Council click here

Coronation Park

Some spaces may be pre-bookable again this year in Coronation Park (Dartmouth), please check back later  click here

Junior dinghy launching and parking

If you are delivering a boat to Kingswear, it is essential you let us know by Monday 19th August (email info@dartmouthsailingweek.com or phone the Sailing Office 01803 752496) so that the Beachmaster and his crew can arrange a time to meet you, to assist with off loading your boat at Darthaven Marina and moving it to an allocated space on the RDYC pontoon.  Note that boats must be delivered to Darthaven Marina – do not attempt to off load in Priory Street (i.e. outside RDYC) as you will cause an obstruction. Also note that delivery before 17:00 will not be possible due to yacht hoist movements in the Marina

For SatNav users, Darthaven Marina postcode is TQ6 0SG.  To get to Kingswear by road, follow the B3205 from its junction at Hillhead with the A379. On arrival in the village, follow signs to Darthaven Marina. In the marina car park you will be directed to an off loading area. Please note that there is free access to the car park for 1 hour for launching but a penalty charge will be incurred if you overstay (see car parking information above).

Free of charge trailer parking will be available up to Monday evening. No trailer parking is available beyond this time due to the limited parking available for cars during the main Regatta.

Dinghy launching and parking at Dittisham SC

If you plan to arrive in Dittisham with your boat prior to Saturday 24th it is ESSENTIAL you email the Boat Park Officer boatpark@dittishamsc.org.uk in advance, and you will be advised where to park your boat.

For SatNav users the club postcode is TQ6 0JH, however reading the following directions is strongly recommended, as alternative routes to Dittisham are unsuitable when towing a trailer:

From the A38 Expressway follow the signs to Totnes. At Totnes take the A381 towards Kingsbridge. Shortly after passing through Halwell, at the BP petrol station turn left onto the A3122 to Dartmouth.

After a little over three miles the A3122 takes a sharp bend to the right at the Sportsman’s Arms public house. Leave it at this point by bearing left (almost straight on) signposted Dittisham. After another three miles you enter the village at a ‘T’ junction. Ahead you will see the Red Lion pub, bear left here and immediately right into Riverside Road. Approx 200 yards down Riverside Road you will see on the right a sign to ‘The Ham’ car park. Go down into the car park and straight through it down the ramp to the foreshore. Bear left along the foreshore and drive on until you see the Clubhouse.

Leave your boat and trolley here and park your car and trailer as directed by the Beachmaster, who will be on duty from 08:00 (TBC) on Saturday 24th August to welcome you and sign you in. If you arrive prior to this, please temporarily park in The Ham car park.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GET TO DITTISHAM BY ANY OTHER ROAD ROUTE ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE TOWING A BOAT!

The Ham car park is quite small but has reasonable charges. Trailers can be parked on the Ham itself free of charge but only in designated spots. If the car park is full then use Riverside Road, which is free, but 200 yards away.

Cars and trailers are only allowed on the foreshore to unload dinghies and trolleys.

Ferries water taxis and taxis

There are two car ferries (both also taking foot passengers) and one passenger ferry over the River Dart in Dartmouth. No booking, pay on board, and saver tickets for multiple crossings are available. The service times are extended during the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. You can get up-to-date information regarding times and fares at the links below:

The Higher Ferry Note that the Higher Ferry links Dartmouth to the B379 for Noss Marina and Hillhead, not directly to Kingswear village.  There is an approx 15 minute walk on unlit paths to either Noss Marina, or to Darthaven Marina and Kingswear.

The Lower Ferry

Dartmouth-Kingswear passenger ferry

Water taxi

Yacht Taxi Service
Tel: 07970 346571 or VHF Channel 69. For more information click here

Yacht Taxi Service to and from RDYC
Competitors/visitors moored in the centre of the river who wish to visit/have business at the RDYC Club House in Kingswear may use the free RDYC yacht taxi. This will normally be available during the day (Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st) up until the time the committee boats have returned at the end of racing.
VHF Frequency P4 (M2)  CALL SIGN “TANGO”

Local taxi

Kingswear Taxi
Tel: 01803 752626

Ace Taxis of Brixham
Tel: 01803 882121

Click here for taxis in Dartmouth.

Junior dinghy racing on The Dart

Racing in Start Bay