Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta (7 to 29 August)

dartmouthyThe first Recorded Regatta in Dartmouth was in 1822. There were three sailing races, one six-oared gig race, and a military band played out at the Dartmouth Castle and 120 attended a ball.

Today the regatta has turned into a huge extravaganza with air displays, music, rowing, tennis, running, yacht races, childrens acitivities, a fun fair, fireworks, plus much much more for the whole family.

Everyone should pay a visit to Dartmouth during regatta at least once.

HMS Tyne

  • The Regatta Guardship this year.
  • HMS Tyne is the first of the River Class Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) built for Fishery Protection around the UK.  These OPVs, including sister ships HMS Severn and HMS Mersey, are taking over from the Island Class.
  • HMS Tyne was built in Woolston Docks, Southampton and is based at HM Naval Base Portsmouth.
  • The current HMS Tyne is the sixth ship to bear the name in the Royal Navy.

Rowing Events

  • One of the Regatta’s most popular events is the Rowing.
  • The Friday local rowing programme comprises events in Whalers, and “Blue” Boats, these boats are owned by the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, and were given to the Regatta by Organisations and Local People.
  • The WEARA events at regatta are extremely popular with local rowing clubs. We have Eights, Fours, and Pairs fighting it out over the testing course.

Air Display

  • Once again, this years air display programme promise’s to be action packed.
  • With a mixture of Fast Jet, Rotary and Vintage aircraft as well as Parachutist’s, Dartmouth Royal Regatta really is the best ‘free’ event in the south west.

Where to go?

Road Directions

  • From the A38 follow signs to Totnes, Dartmouth is well sign posted from here.
  • Dartmouth from Totnes – take A3122
  • There are regular bus services from Torquay, Totnes and Plymouth, as well as the steam train to Kingswear.

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