Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week 2023 – Getting around and parking information
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. Please note the payment system which 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
For other travel information, including bus, ferry and park-and-ride services, please see below or visit http://www.dartmouthregatta.co.uk
Car parking for visitors
Kingswear Park and Ride
No announcement has yet been made regarding the park and ride.
In the fullness of time there may be more information on travel and parking on the main Dartmouth Royal Regatta website here
Dartmouth Park and Ride
For full details from South Hams District Council click here
Junior dinghy launching and parking
If you are delivering a boat to Kingswear, it is essential you let us know by Monday 14th August (email email@example.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, Darhaven 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 Tuesday 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 Sunday 20th (time TBA) it is ESSENTIAL you email the Boat Park Officer firstname.lastname@example.org 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 09:00 on Saturday 20th 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 and water taxis
There are two car ferries and one passenger ferry over the River Dart in Dartmouth. The service is extended during the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. You can get up-to-date information regarding times and fares at the links below:
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 up until the time the committee boats have returned at the end of racing.
VHF Frequency P4 (M2) CALL SIGN “TANGO”
Tel: 01803 752626
Ace Taxis of Brixham
Tel: 01803 882121
Junior dinghy racing on The Dart
Racing in Start Bay