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The unofficial Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta Guide
All the photos on this page were taken
during the 2012 Regatta. We have over 20,000 high resolution images
available for the press and the media.
Dartmouth Royal Regatta has something for everyone. Here we are
portraying the fun and excitement by way of pictures.
The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is the event of the year for the
small, but perfectly formed town of Dartmouth in South Devon. Always
including the last Friday in August, Dartmouth’s Royal Regatta vies
with Cowes Week for popularity. The main events are all water-related,
with local rowing, historic craft and waterborne tug-of-war on the
river, as well as yacht racing in Start Bay and the traditional Passage
Races from Brixham to Dartmouth.
But what a spectacular location for the many competitors! Dartmouth’s
natural, deep water harbour, with brightly coloured houses tumbling down
its steeply sloping hillsides, can accommodate modern day warships and
cruise liners and there is always at least one naval Guardship for the
The very first regatta was held in the town in 1822, it included three
sailing races, one six-oared gig race, a military band played at
Dartmouth Castle and 120 attended a ball. In 1856 it received its first
royal patronage when Queen Victoria made an unexpected visit due to bad
weather on the night before regatta, stayed on and enjoyed it so much
she bestowed the title “royal” before leaving. The current royal patron
is HRH the Duke of York, who trained at Britannia Royal Naval College in
Nowadays the regatta includes much, much more for everyone, of all ages.
There’s fantastic air displays, usually including the Red Arrows, a
“shopping village” in the marquee on Coronation Park, and two of the
best firework displays this side of Sydney Harbour!!
With the famous funfair on the central car park,
market stalls lining the embankment, music and dancing and fun events
all week long, you really need to come along to experience Regatta at
Dart Marina Hotel, Dartmouth, is a luxury Devon hotel on
the banks of the River Dart, one of the most spectacular estuaries in
the UK, providing stylish Dartmouth hotel accommodation and self
catering riverside Luxury Devon apartments with stunning views over the
This Devon hotel enjoys commanding views from it's position on the banks
of the River Dart. Click here
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12 September, 2012