Overview of Races and Events

Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is the UK’s largest sailing regatta after Cowes Week appealing to the serious racing enthusiast, but also offering family friendly events for the novice or cruising yachtsman.

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

We are continuing to monitor developments in the ongoing pandemic situation, and the safety of all involved in regatta – competitors, support personnel and the local town – will remain of paramount importance. Following on from 2021 when we successfully ran a near-normal sailing programme, our 2022 plans are set out below, but please check back for the latest information. For more detailed information, please click here for Notices of Race, and here for how to enter.

Rockfish Junior Dinghy Series | Pilot Financial Dinghy Series  |  Savills Passage Race | Yacht & Day Sailing Boat Series | White Sail Event | Gaffer Series 

Rockfish Junior Dinghies  at RDYC –  Saturday 20th-Tuesday 23rd August  

Junior Dinghies will race from Dartmouth/ Kingswear with a range of river courses. Classes expected Toppers, Fevas and Teras. Offering great fun and an excellent introduction to dinghy racing for under 16’s

Pilot Financial Dinghy Series at Dittisham SC – Saturday 20th-Tuesday 23rd August

This year, the Dinghy Series is back to its traditional timing at the beginning of the main Regatta Week.  Previously known as the Senior Dinghies, we have changed its title to emphasise that it is open to all ages and welcome family crews and more experienced youngsters ready to move on to adult-level competition.

With 2 races a day planned, there will be challenging racing set in this stunning location. Handicap racing and fleet racing expected for Lasers and Solos, plus others subject to entries.

 Savills Passage Race – Wednesday 24th August 

Wednesday afternoon sees the start of the formal yacht racing, with the Brixham to Dartmouth Passage Race. This race traditionally attracts boats moving on from the previous weekend’s Royal Torbay Regatta as well as many boats which head round from Dartmouth in the morning. Classes expected for IRC, IRC short handed, Cruisers and Cruiser non-spinnaker. The course will be set to take best advantage of the weather conditions, to provide an exhilarating race along this dramatic stretch of coast, with Berry Head and Froward Point providing excellent viewing opportunities.

 Yacht & Day Sailing Boat Series – Thursday 25th-Sunday 28th August 

Superb yacht racing is on two or three courses in Start Bay, over four days, with usually at least two races per day. There will be a range of handicap classes for IRC, IRC short handed, Cruisers,  and Day Sailing Boats, and class racing for Squibs and other classes subject to entries. 

Less experienced crews and those wanting to participate “just for fun” may prefer the lively competition but perhaps slightly less intense atmosphere of the Cruiser class, which will again use the South West Yacht Time Correction handicap system. There is no charge for obtaining a SWYTC number, please see www.swytc.org.uk for more information. A non-spinnaker option will be available for Cruiser yachts, perhaps suiting those who prefer to sail with family-only crews, or unable to muster the full crew numbers.

Top quality Race Management run series of excellent races in Start Bay.  The smaller and slower boats will compete close to the river mouth, while the faster boats will make the most of the fantastic sailing grounds of Start Bay. One day (usually Friday or Saturday, and depending on the weather) there will be a longer coastal race.  These spectacular boats with their colourful spinnakers provide a dramatic sight for spectators on the whole coast from Little Dartmouth to Blackpool Sands.

After its successful introduction last year, we will again be using a mobile App for competitors to submit hearing requests (protests) or results enquiries (click here for details).  We will aim to hold each daily prizegiving on the same day as its races. There is of course the Series Prize Giving on Sunday evening. 

To mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we will be awarding two Jubilee Vases for team competitions within the Series – one for teams representing the home and visiting clubs, and the other for scratch teams.  A chance to get together with other competitors to add a little extra pizzazz to the racing!

White Sail Event –  Saturday 27th-Sunday 28th August (DETAILS TBC)

For yachts not wishing to race formally, the White Sail Event offers 2 days of fun competition. Open to all sailing yachts – you don’t specifically need white sails, but spinnakers and specialist racing sails are not allowed.  We look forward to welcoming many family crews.


On Saturday, there will be a light-hearted Cruising Skills Competition. Within a maximum time of 5 hours, boats will clock up miles (whether by sailing or motoring), demonstrate their navigation prowess, and clock up extra ‘miles’ by choosing from a host of activities – ranging from traditional seamanship like man overboard practice or dropping the anchor, to fun family frolics like swimming round the boat or catching a fish!  This is a competition open to Sailing Boats and Motor Boats (prizes for both categories). Spinnakers and specialist racing sails are not permitted. To see what’s involved, click here for a previous year’s competition, but expect some new challenges! Hopefully Covid-related conditions will allow for the return of the usual convivial judging session on the RDYC terrace this year.


On Sunday, the boats will set off within a short time window and sail a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. This ever-popular ‘racing-lite’ format provides keen competition without the pressures of a formal start line or round-the-cans racing. The course will be announced nearer the time to take best advantage of the weather and avoid the main race fleets. The Gaffers will be following the same course but with a separate start time and separate prizes.  Boats will compete under their NHC handicap (see the RYA website http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/nhc.aspx, or for those not listed, a handicap will be allocated according to the best guess of the Chairman in the spirit of the event).

Daily prize giving.

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Gaffers Series – Saturday 27th-Sunday 28th August

Our Gaffer Event is designed for sailors of Gaff Rigged boats who want to enjoy the pleasures of Start Bay during Regatta, and the challenge of competition against similar boats, but without the hurly burly of racing among the faster yachts. Come and enjoy a friendly and competitive couple of days sailing away from the main race fleets!

On both Saturday and Sunday, boats will sail a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. The courses will be announced nearer the time, depending on the weather. Boats will compete under their OGA T(H)CF handicap. Saturday’s event will be exclusive to the Gaffers, while Sunday’s event will run jointly with the White Sail yachts (although with separate prizes for the Gaffers).

Daily prize giving.

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