1.   Dartmouth’s World coup

2.   6th comedy festival

3.   Houses in Dartmouth

4.   Small News




1.  Dartmouth’s J80 World coup ‘could bring in £1m’

Dartmouth, already renowned for its Royal Regatta and the top sailors it draws to pit their wits and skills in taking line honours around the race marks in Start Bay, can now add another prestige sailing event under its belt - the J80 World Sailing Championships. The world championships, being hosted by Britannia Yacht Club, based at Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, the Royal Dart Yacht Club and the J/80 UK Class Association are being held between June 9 and 15.

Race headquarters, for the predicted 80 race teams, which are likely to involve 500 people, will be on Coronation Park and South Hams District Council staff have played a major role in accommodating the racing keel boats and the race organisers. A spokesman for the race organisers said: “We expect 80 competing teams, or 320 to 400 competitors, plus a touring party of around 100 extras”.

A Dartmouth councillor for South Hams District Council Hilary Bastone, who has been overseeing arrangements for the prestige event, said: “This is proving a really good money maker for the town and is really underpinning the port as a great venue to stage exciting sailing events – particularly with Start Bay being both sheltered but challenging. “We estimate that this event could bring in between £500,000 to £1m for the town,” he added. “It is a really prestige event and will do nothing but enhance the reputation of Dartmouth as the sailing venue. Last year’s J/80 Worlds were held in Copenhagen. And in 2010 they were in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. “We have already had a lot of block bookings from the teams wanting to come down in advance to accustom themselves to local sailing conditions in advance of the championships. At first we had race officials book our apartments now we are taking advance bookings for race teams.”

The Naval college will provide a spectacular backdrop, with a drinks reception on the terrace in front of BRNC to kick off the week on Monday and a special black tie banquet on Friday at which the World Champion J/80 crew will be “crowned.” A spokesman for South Hams Council added: “All the J/80 keelboats will arrive by trailer to a mustering point provided by South Hams District Council and the college will help out in providing space for trailer parking.”  The college has its own J/80, “Wave Warrior”, recently donated by the BYA, which encourages young officer cadets to take up sailing and Chris Ducker, owner of Slam UK, the championship’s major sponsor will also be racing his brand new J/80 at the Worlds.  Click here for more.

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2.  Dartmouth’s 6th annual comedy festival

Come and laugh your socks off at Dartmouth’s 6th annual comedy festival at The Flavel from March 6th to 10th with quite simply an array of stars from the comedy world including Jenny Eclair, Mark Steel, Matt Harvey, Phil Kay, Ali Cook, Miles Jupp, Slightly Fat Features and the much-anticipated mystery guest courtesy of festival patron Peter Richardson.

Mark Steel opens the Festival on Tuesday 6th March with his show ‘In Town’ based on his award-winning BBC Radio 4 series and is a celebration of the quirks of small town life – so very apt for Dartmouth! Much secrecy as ever surrounds the ever-popular Mystery Guest Comedy Film Night courtesy of festival patron, Peter Richardson on Wednesday 7th March - previous mystery guests have included Eddie Izzard, Harry Enfield, and Keith Allen – even we won't know until the night – so join us for a superb surprise!

Thursday 8th March sees two big names in two different venues - Jenny Eclair will be thrilling the Flavel audience with her Old Dog, New Trick tour - Jenny is now fifty years old which in dog years would qualify for The Guinness Book of Records, having recently been de-wormed and with her teeth newly bleached, she’s basically doing her comedy tricks for a ‘nice biscuit and maybe a glass of Chardonnay’! Totnes comedy hero Matt Harvey is returning to Café Alf Resco where you can enjoy a rustic supper before listening to the musings of this nationally-acclaimed hilarious poet.

On the menu for Friday 9th March is Comedy and Curry night at the Royal Castle Hotel with multi-award winning Scotsman Phil Kay who describes himself as being in his natural environment up close in a room with a crowd. A show for those who like their comedy freestyle, unpredictable and effervescent! Meanwhile, at the Flavel on Friday, we have the return of the wonderful Slightly Fat Features whose ‘Comedy by the Sea’ is a unique mix of circus tricks, original live music, magical moments and general spontaneous madness, which last year had the audience shouting for more!

Complete silliness for all the family is promised on Saturday 10th March in the afternoon as Gimmeyourleftshoe perform twice at the Flavel. All kids give up their left shoe, then have to come up with a funny skit to win it back using all the props lying around – also everyone brings an odd item from home too that they don’t mind losing!

Our final night on Saturday 11th sees the return to the Flavel of Edinburgh fringe favourite  Ali Cook with his own brand of awe-inspiring magic and offbeat comedy. Expect to be genuinely amazed by anarchic illusions as Ali draws you into a surreal world of disappearing goldfish, razorblades and shoes!

Our late headline act for Saturday night is award-winning comedian and actor Miles Jupp with his show ‘Fibber in the Heat’. Allegedly disillusioned with comedy, Miles attempts to become a cricket commentator trying the ill thought out and dishonest method of pretending to be one and telling some whopping fibs to get on a cricket tour to India. It wasn’t as easy as he thought!  The full line up and venue list can be seen by clicking here and tickets are on sale from the Box Office on 01803 839 530


3.   Affordable housing in Dartmouth

What if you are 20 something, have lived in Dartmouth for a long time, love Dartmouth and want to live and work in Dartmouth?  Dartmouth has amongst the lowest wages in the UK and also the highest rents.  Our MP Dr Sara Wollaston spoke in Dartmouth on Monday about the problems.  She mentioned the changes in the Dartmouth Trust and spoke about the new houses that will be built in West Dartmouth.  Over 400 are scheduled and Cllr Robin Springett suggests that 1,000 may be more appropriate.

Cllr Dave Cawley mentioned that the developers Millwood Homes had said they could build two bedroom homes for just £80K.  In this week's Western Morning News brand new two bedroom homes are available in Bodmin for a little over £100K thereby proving the point.  It was suggested that demand would be high from potential second home owners and people wishing to retire in Dartmouth.  It is vitally important to keep our young people working and living in Dartmouth, so let's hope this initiative promotes that and that the large majority of houses go to Dartmouth people?  Dartmouth dot TV would welcome input from SHDC on how the houses will be allocated.


4.   Small News

  • Remember, all photographs apart from the header were taken in and around Dartmouth within the last 10 days.

  • Devon's Fifty Best Churches - This Saturday the 18th February there is a unique opportunity to hear Dr Todd Gray, Research Fellow at Exeter University, launch his new book 'Devon's Fifty Best Churches' in St Saviour's Church at 2.00pm.  St Saviour's is featured in the book and Dr Gray will give an illustrated talk on the particular joys he found which were the reason for its inclusion.  At the same time you can see the magnificent Hauley Brass, normally protected by carpet, and also silver and other valuable objects which are otherwise locked away.  Entry is free with a retiring collection towards the upkeep of St Saviour's, and copies of the book will be for sale.

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