1. The river this
3. The Pope's
4. Training Gigs
5. Small News
Classic Channel Regatta 2011
Mike Jones reports: The Classic
Channel Regatta fleet, which was largely moored on the river
Dart, was a charming sight, with boats ‘dressed overall’ for
the occasion. Including Kelpie, the oldest in the fleet,
some 108 years old and looking beautiful after a recent
restoration. There were several absentees for the start of
the racing on Saturday due to some adverse conditions in the
week leading up to the event, including Clarionet who had to
put in to Portland marina after springing a leak during
their passage to Dartmouth. The determined and boisterous
crew have now joined the rest of the fleet after sailing
through heavy fog.
Racing got underway on Saturday in a stiff 25-knot breeze
with gusts in the early 30s. There were several pre-start
incidents, but after that the crews of this majestic fleet
showed great skill and seamanship to get their yachts round
the 18-mile course, with the wind easing a little towards
the end of the day. Evening festivities were held at the Old
Market Square in Dartmouth, in addition to the live Jazz
Band, there was an impromptu sea-shanty session, all very
much in the spirit of this Classic Regatta.
Sunday saw racing postponed until 13:00 as a thick bank of
fog sat just off the entrance to the Dart. When racing did
eventually get underway the fleet had mixed conditions, as
half the course was still enveloped in fog, while the other
half was bathed in sunshine. Back ashore at the Royal Dart
Yacht Club, prizes were presented by world-renowned yacht
designer Nigel Irens, who had spent the day racing with
Bruce Thorogood, Classic Channel Regatta Chairman on his
42ft sloop ‘Mabel’. In addition to the class prizes, several
special presentations were awarded, including the Lutine of
Helford Memorial Trophy, presented to Peter Nash for his
contribution to classic yachting by James Emerson, son of
the late Clive Emerson, owner of Lutine of Helford and Gweek
Quay Boatyard, Falmouth. Lutine of Helford has competed in
all the previous Classic Channel Regattas to date.
With the departure of the passage race to Paimpol scheduled
to start at 15:30 a parade of sail was arranged on the river
Dart. Kelpie, as the oldest yacht in the regatta led the
twenty-four strong fleet in a procession up and down the
river, before sailing out to the start line. Conditions were
extremely light for the start of all three classes, but the
wind filled in almost instantly just after the start from a
westerly direction, as the fleet made its way across the
Channel overnight to Paimpol the wind veered to the north
west. Some yachts experienced poor visibility and fog
patches during the night, but everyone safely navigated
their way through the shipping lanes to arrive off Paimpol
the following morning. The first yacht to cross the finish
line was Khayyam at just after 06:00.
A warm welcome was extended to all visiting yachts on
arrival in the port; the fleet has now been bolstered with
the arrival of several additional yachts, which will compete
in the final three legs of this colourful Regatta. The crews
have a lay-day on Wednesday to prepare for the challenging
round Brehat (an island just off Paimpol) race on Thursday,
before then racing to St Peter Port on Friday.
not come down for the weekend, or even a week?
The Pope's Toilet Tonight!
Tonight sees the last film night
of our summer season. So why not come along a bit earlier
and join the committee and other members for a drink and
some complimentary nibbles. The bar is open from 7.00pm and
we will be serving all the regulars, and - as a concession
to summer - Pimms by the glass.
This small but perfectly formed Uruguayan comedy has the
fetching Cesar Troncoso as Beto, a financially strapped
petty smuggler from the small town of Melo near the
Brazilian border, who hopes the Pope’s 1988 visit will
provide his wife and daughter with financial succour as well
as the appropriate blessing. Accordingly, he gets the idea
that the huge crowds expected to swarm across the township
may want to relieve themselves after gorging on the
excitement of the visit and the many stalls set up to
provide food and drink for them by the locals. He will
therefore build a lavatory with a wash basin outside it and
charge a small fee for use. Almost everything that can go
wrong does, and he has to rush with the toilet bowl from
Brazil on his broken-down bike, past surprised customs
officers. Will he be too late?.....
This film is on tonight at the
Guildhall at 7.30pm. Guest tickets can be purchased on the
night of the screening at The Windjammer pub in Victoria
Road, Dartmouth for £3.60 per film, between 7.00 – 7.25 pm.
New members can join at the door on any screening night. For
further information contact: Clive Osborne on 079-6802-6449
Kevin Pyne reports: We have two
fibreglass training gigs which are used to keep the use and
wear on the wooden gigs to a minimum. In fact in winter the
GRP gigs are all that are used.
The picture shows a mixture of racing members and social
rowing members of the club out practising recently just off
the model dockyard at Sanquay.
The format on that day being one of a hard row up to
Dittisham then turn around and gently row back with a couple
of quick hard blasts on the way home.
At that moment the gig crew were very much going for it and
truly blasting. The club is always looking for new members
to join racing crews or for that matter those who just like
to row out on an evening or the weekend socially. In the
back ground are two Belgian minesweepers who had been
spending the weekend as guests of the Royal Naval College .
5. Small News
Dartmouth dot TV
relentlessly promotes Dartmouth and its festivals.
We have recently updated our "unofficial" sites to
include easily accessible and navigable photography over
the last five years. To see the Regatta over the
last five years
To see how the Music Festival has developed over the
last five years
here. To get a taste of the Food Festival over
the last five years
here. When you get there click on the dates to
see each year.
Chris Ryan reports:
“Last chance to get your rowing entries into Kingswear
Regatta which is on 23rd/24th July. Details on their
click here to see it. We will have an
update on this great regatta closer to the date”
The Dartmouth dot TV crew have always commented that
this is the best "small regatta" in the world!
reports : Can I ask you to mention the Maori visit from
16th to 22nd July. 50 students and staff from the James
Cook High School in Auckland will arrive pm on Saturday
16th and leave early am on Friday 22nd. This will be
their last visit to Dartmouth as a group.
They will be performing at the Yacht Club on Tuesday
19th July from 7 pm with the Nautiboys - the club has
acquired an open licence so members of the public can
On Wednesday afternoon they will perform in the Royal
Avenue Gardens with the Academy steel bands - there will
also be a fund raising fete for local organisations from
11 am. At 6pm on Thursday they will perform at the
Dart Marina Hotel (outside).
I am also desperately looking for accommodation - I have
about another 15 to find hosts for
click here if you can help?
Jones reports: South Hams will be featured in an Episode of
Countrywise Kitchen on Mon July 11th on ITV1 at 8pm. This
episode was shot entirely in the South Hams during April and
will feature pieces on: Manna from Devon Cooking School,
Moostone Meats at Wembury, Sharpham Vineyard among
Why not come and visit Dartmouth?