Dartmouth Royal Regatta

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27 Aug 2018 - 01 Sep 2018 £795.00
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Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Venue: Dartmouth

Price from: £795 per person

Duration: 6 Days

Girls for Sail verdict

Outside of Cowes, Dartmouth Regatta is undoubtedly one of the best regattas there is. An absolute must for anyone who is looking for a relaxed atmosphere with great socialising and fantastic racing!

Starts: 10am Tuesday, Darthaven Marina Dartmouth

Finishes: 9am, Monday, Dartmouth

About The Event

Dartmouth Regatta has it all! Staged during the Dartmouth Festival the regatta has a carnival feel throughout, with superb racing set against the picturesque green rolling hills of South Devon with a fantastic fireworks display and Red Arrows display to mark the finale!

Along with Cork Week, Dartmouth Regatta is undoubtedly one of the best regattas there is. An absolute must for anyone who is looking for a relaxed atmosphere with great socialising and fantastic racing.

There will be a training day in Dartmouth on the Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by 4 fabulous days of inshore regatta racing, comprising of a mix of windward-leeward courses and coastal races. 

Our Dartmouth Regatta package provides a great mix of offshore and inshore racing whilst enjoying the carnival atmosphere that is famous at Dartmouth. 

Watch this fantastic clip of the racing in Start Bay HERE:

Before or after racing in the Dartmouth Regatta why not try our our spinnaker and sail trim training weekends or maybe the Yarmouth Taittinger Regatta?  Or maybe have a look at our Caribbean options for some winter sunshine!   


About Dartmouth

Dartmouth is a magical place with its own unique sense of style especially during summer time! 

Explore winding Elizabethan streets with independent shopsart galleries and a bustling market. Enjoy gourmet restaurants, bistros, bars and cosy cafes or mooch around the quayside and River Dart estuary.

The best time to visit Dartmouth for water-related activities, however, has to be August when the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta transforms the town into a hub of water-borne festivities. The town’s population at this time swells from 6,000 to 100,000 as visitors from all over descend upon Dartmouth to take part in or watch the various rowing and sailing competitions. The party atmosphere is enhanced by the other sporting activities, air displays, fairground rides, live music, competitions, a shopping village and two spectacular firework displays.

The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is labelled the ‘Best in the West’, and always lives up to its reputation with superb competition and brilliant entertainment! 

Amongst the many events held during the Regatta, one of the highlights is undoubtedly the sailing.  Add to this the variety of other popular events which include a Royal Navy Guardship, the RAF Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Blades Aerobatic Team led by Dartmouth’s very own former Red Arrows pilot, Mark Cutmore, two firework displays, an Illuminated River Procession, the fairground, the street market, the shopping village, helicopter displays, a steamboat rally, the Regatta Ball, the Regatta Shindig and the Regatta Rock and it becomes difficult to choose what to see or do!

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - meet your fellow crew at the yacht moored in Darthaven marina before heading out to train for a great firts day of familiarisation in Dartmouth!

Days 2- training day 2! Get to grips with your position on board and learn to work together as a race team. Hoisting, gybing and dropping the kite will be second nature by the end of these two days!

Days 3-5 - Race! Enjoy a mixture of windward/leeward and coastal races during the day - and lively entertainment every evening. You'll sleep like a baby every night after all the excitement and lovely fresh Devon air!

Day 6 - depart the boat. Or join us on her delivery trip back to Cowes, arriving back Monday arrives Tues.


What experience do I need?

You don't need any race experience but ideally you should be at RYA Competent Crew level or higher to get the most out of this event. Our race skippers are all RYA certified instructors and are more than qualified to get you up to scratch on the racing front!

About the boat

We mostly coach on yachts of between 37 and 41ft. Our yachts have been specifically chosen as they are easy to handle, great for learning! There is no denying us girls sometimes don't have the physical strength of the boys but with our technical ability and a well-chosen yacht we can do just as well. You will usually find yourself aboard an Élan 37, Jeanneau 37 or a Beneteau 40.7. All of your time will be spent living as crew-mates on your yacht.  Most of the yachts have 9/10 berths with 3 cabins and a saloon so the boats will normally have 2 persons in each cabin i.e. 6 - this is always the case for an RYA course, MAX 6 persons on-board. On some events e.g. races we use the saloon which can sleep an additional 2-4 person. 

What's included?

  • All entry fees
  • 2 training days
  • 4 days of racing
  • Delivery trip back to Cowes from Dartmouth
  • Professional racing skipper and mate
  • Accommodation on board
  • Food on board yacht whilst racing and training
  • Girls for Sail crew shirt - yours to keep!

What isn't included?

  • Transport to and from meeting points (other than return delivery on board the yacht from Dartmouth and Cowes post-regatta)
  • Flights
  • Alcoholic drinks and evening meals
  • Mooring fees
  • Departure taxes/customs entries per person
  • Any clothing
  • Accommodation upgrades where available

Why choose Girls for Sail?

  • We want you to be an active member of the team and we coach you into any role on the boat you choose, from managing the foredeck to trimming the sails in the cockpit! With GFS each person is a vital part of the team and so you wont be down below making tea with us!
  • We pride ourselves on our levels of coaching.  There's no such thing as a 'silly' question!  There's no shouting onboard and as it's also your holiday, we want you to have fun and go home satisfied with your time here! Not to mention you get to meet new lifelong friends! 

Our values are simple: Encourage, Support, Challenge and Respect!

How to book?

Love the sound of this regatta event? Book your place here or get in touch with us if you have any questions or want to find out more info!

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