Regatta got off to a good start as
you can see here. Everyone enjoyed the swimming gala,
Regatta fete, the water polo and 'Last Night of the Proms'.
Local rowing, dinghy and offshore sailing events have also
begun, with the WEARA rowing today and local rowing finals on
Friday, sailing continues in Start Bay until Sunday.
Key events still to come include the
arrival of our Regatta Guardship, HMS St Albans and a display by
The Blades Aerobatic Team led by Dartmouth born Mark Cutmore on
Thursday evening, followed by the first firework display.
On Friday the local fun competitions
of Junior Crab Fishing, the Waiters and Waitresses Race, Barrel
Rolling, Trolley Grand Prix and Pavement Artists take place, and
then of course we have more air displays including everyone's
favourite the Red Arrows at 6.00pm, then at 9.00pm the return of
the Illuminated River Procession; definitely a day not to be
Saturday includes the traditional
Review of Classic Craft, the road races, RAF Tucano and RN
Historic Sea Fury as well as a second display by the
Newfoundland Dogs, and it's your last opportunity to visit the
Shopping Village in the Marquee, the street market and the
fairground. Finally the 2012 Regatta will go out with a
bang with the final firework display.
All the events are listed in detail
in the Regatta Guide so don't forget to buy yours. Please
also remember that the costs of staging the Regatta are funded
from sponsorship and donations, so please give generously to the
collectors throughout the week.
Visitors to Dartmouth Royal Regatta
are being reminded that Dartmouth’s lower ferry and the town’s
Park and Ride will be extending their hours on peak days during
the historic event. The ferry will be doubling up its service
ferrying foot passengers and vehicles from 7am to 10.55pm on
Thursday August 30, Friday August 31 and Saturday September 1.
At these times both ferries will be running on those days.
The town’s Park and Ride will also be extending its hours during
the event, operating from 8am to 10pm on Wednesday August 29,
8am to 11pm on the Thursday and Friday and 8am to midnight on
the Saturday. The Park and Ride car park site is opposite the
Sainsbury’s store and South Hams District Council hopes the
overflow sites for parking in nearby fields which have been
closed due to the weather will be be able to open on Friday
subject to conditions improving. The fair will be using Mayors
Avenue car park during Regatta week, so it is closed for
parking. Some parking will be available in Coronation Park, but
visitors are advised to use Park and Ride. For further
information about the Dartmouth Lower Ferry or the Park and Ride
facilities in the town, contact South Hams District Council on
01803 861234 or visit the Council’s website by
clicking here (half way down the page)