First held on the River Dart in 1822, Queen Victoria granted the town regatta its royal charter in 1856, apparently because she'd enjoyed her visit so much. Presumably, in this instance, she was amused so, since then, we've always aimed to amuse and to make sure we're one of the most fun events on the UK regatta circuit, on shore as well as off.
Apart from some fine sailing in Start Bay and on the beautiful River Dart itself, shore-side there's all the fun of the fair, from the Regatta Ball to The Red Arrows' air displays, spectacular fireworks in the evening and, of course, a warm welcome from the three organising clubs: Royal Dart Yacht Club (race HQ) Dartmouth Yacht Club & Dittisham Sailing Club.
For 2015, there'll be around 300 boats competing in almost 50 races for IRC and Byron handicap classes, Keelboats, hi-tech Sportsboats and of course Junior & Senior Dinghies. We also hope entry numbers will support one design classes for J109's, J24's and National Squibs.
All of which means that, along with new trapezoid courses and several other improvements as a result of feedback from our recent competitors' survey, 2015 is your year to enter what's now arguably the UK's newest Royal Regatta.
For more information go to Dartmouth Sailing Week
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