We are delighted to announce
that the 2012 Regatta Guardship will be HMS St Albans. Shown
here when she visited Dartmouth in March 2011.
St. Albans is a Type 23 Frigate with a displacement of 4900
tonnes. She is capable of carrying a Lynx HMA8 or a Westland
Merlin HM1. Built at Yarrows Yard - Glasgow, launched in
2000 and commissioned in 2002. The current ship is the 6th
Royal Navy Ship to bear the name HMS St. Albans. The Port of
Dartmouth will be enhanced during the Regatta with this
imposing warship with a length of 133 m. 16.1 m beam and a
draught of 7.3. m. and a capable speed of 28 knots.
Regatta starts this
Saturday with the Swimming Gala at 10:00 and The Regatta
Fete in the Royal Avenue Gardens followed by the must-see
Water Polo in the Boatfloat at 1:00. You really need
to buy the colourful guide right now! And talking
about the guide, our photographers have 38 photographs in
it, but you can help us too! As well as our Nikon
Registered Professional Photographers we also rely heavily
on others, so if you get some good photos over Regatta,
please send them to us. If we use them, you get a plug
and you help Dartmouth.
The tennis tournament
starts on Sunday as do the local rowing heats, with the
official Regatta Opening Ceremony on Wednesday evening - the
parade leaves the Guildhall at 7.00pm - this year the South
West Area Sea Cadet Band will Beat the Retreat on the South
Embankment after the ceremony.
Thursday sees the WEARA
rowing and popular Children's Fancy Dress Competition
amongst many other events, all detailed in the Regatta
Guide, together with the arrival of HMS St Albans off Castle
Ledge Buoy at 1800hrs.
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