A grand day-trip into the heart of the Dartmouth Regatta
Join us on Saturday 31 August to enjoy the last day of this year’s Dartmouth Regatta for a celebration of everything we love about the water!
This all-day trip sails along the stunning South Devon Coast into the heart of the iconic Port of Dartmouth, where you will be able to relax and enjoy the delights of this world-famous regatta for around 3.5 hours, before we bring you back to Exmouth in the evening.
With sailing, sports, live music, fetes, street food and fireworks it’s a fun packed day for everyone set in this beautiful South Devon town. No need for you to drive or worry where to park, as we arrive in style into the heart of Dartmouth ready to make the most of this wonderful day!
Sailing: Saturday 31 August
Duration: 10 hours 30 min
Time: 10.00am to 8.30pm with around 3.5 hours ashore
Groups of 15 or more: £20.00
The first recorded regatta was in 1822 before it was formally established in 1834. Taking place over the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August, the regatta is formally opened on the preceding Wednesday, although the festivities start at least a week before hand!
Originally there were just three sailing events, one six-oared gig race, a military band and around 100 people attended the ball.
In 1856, it was bestowed the title of a royal regatta when the day before the regatta started, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales, came into Dartmouth in a flotilla of boats on an impromptu visit caused by bad weather. Prince Albert and his son went up the river in the new steamboat, Dartmouth, which had only arrived on the river the previous day. The Queen followed in the state barge. The Queen and Prince Albert then donated money for three rowing races, to be competed for by the sailors of Dartmouth before bestowing the Royal title on the regatta as they set sail for Plymouth the following day.
Today the regatta is run through a committee, who write each year to the Monarch to request the renewal of the Royal Patronage. The patron now is Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
All of the community of Dartmouth get involved in the occasion, shops and cafes have a fabulous array of window displays and the houses in the town dress their windows, with a prize going to the winner!
As with every year, the 2019 Dartmouth Royal Regatta doesn’t disappoint with a brimming schedule with for everyone!
On the water there are plenty of sailing and rowing events, including the Regatta, Classic and Gaffer Series. The rowing events have Bungee Rowing – as incredible to watch as it sounds, along with the traditional crowd-pleasing Pilot Gig races.
In amongst the vessels on the water you will also find Stand-Up Paddleboards where you can either watch the races or even go for a taster session if you fancy trying it for yourself!
In the town there is a vast selection of craft stalls, markets and a fete all bought to life with live music, a local town band and Morris Dancing!
As this is a sea-going cruise, the sea state can be affected by the weather and the winds. If the weather conditions are unsuitable for a pleasant trip, we reserve the right to cancel. In these circumstances, we will offer to transfer you onto another date or issue you with a refund.
The Dartmouth Regatta one of the most famous in the country and is a true celebration of the water – what better way to enjoy it than with a cruise with us – we’d love for you to join us on this incredible day trip in Devon!