White Sail Event

Saturday 28th  and Sunday 29th August 2022

Dartmouth Royal Regatta Sailing Week is a celebration of sailing in all its guises.  We are conscious that there are plenty of sailors who don’t necessarily want to race all the time. Our White Sail 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. Come and enjoy a relaxed couple of days sailing for family and friends where brain rather than brawn will be needed. There is no need for large numbers of crew and spinnakers are not allowed .
We hope many cruising yachtsmen and families who don’t want to join in the formal racing will enjoy this fun event.
Each day has its own set of prizes so don’t worry if you can only take part on one of the days. We hope those with more time and local boats will enjoy the different challenges on both days.
*****White Sails Saturday Cruising Skills Challenge CANCELLED*****
On Saturday 27th, there will be a Cruising Skills Competition. Starting anytime from 08:30 and within a maximum time of 5 hours, earn points by sailing or motoring, and earn extra points by choosing from a list of activities.  This year’s competition details will be available here shortly before the event, but meanwhile take a look at last year to get an idea of what’s involved.  For further details of this years event and a link to enter click here
Hopefully the  Covid situation will allow our usual sociable judging session on the terrace to resume this year. When Social Distancing dominated our lives, crews joined a WhatsApp group to share photos and chat through the day, and as this was very much enjoyed it will be offered again this year.  You can email, WhatApp or deliver your answers to RDYC (by 16:00).  

On Sunday 29th, the event will run jointly with the Gaffers Event and will take the same format as in previous years, with boats sailing a fixed course in Start Bay, noting their own start and finish times. The course will be announced nearer the time, 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. Boats will compete under their NHC handicap which can be found on the RYA website (http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/Pages/nhc.aspx). For those not listed, a handicap will be allocated according to the best guess of the Chairman in the spirit of the event.  Instructions will be here together with a Start Bay marks chart. You can cross the start line any time between 10:30-10:45 (NB NOTE CORRECTED TIMES), and declaration forms must be returned to the RDYC no later than 16:00.

Communication will be on Channel 10.

There will be a prizegiving each day.

The White Sail Event is actually open to all yachts regardless of the colour of their sails, provided spinnakers and specialist racing sails are not used. If in doubt, please email info@dartmouthsailingweek.com to check your eligibility. 

Get your entry in early to take advantage of the early-bird discount – just £12 per day or £20 for both days until 31st July.  After that, the full fee is still only £15 per day, or £25 for both days.  Click here for information on how to enter.

Please note that this event is not covered by a Notice of Race.
Cancellation policy: If an entry is cancelled, an administrative fee will be charged of 4% until 31st July, and of 50% from 1st -14th August; from the 15th August, refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances.  In particular, a full refund, or the option to carry their entry to 2023, will be offered to competitors withdrawing because of a positive Covid-19 test or an official requirement to self-isolate.  If the event is cancelled for any reason associated with the current pandemic, entrants will be offered the options of a full refund or to carry their entry over to 2023.