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Dartmouth Royal Regatta

Sarah Hanafee

Posted on August 29 2013

Our Royal Regatta has started here in Dartmouth - having been in operation for over 190 years, its a major tradition of the town.  Our streets are alive and every hotel, bed and breakfast and holiday home is full of excited visitors. From Wednesday to the close on Saturday night the town works hard to give all ages a fantastic time.  Rowing, sailing and water based races take place all week, whilst on dry land the list of activities is endless! Crabbing competitions for the children, best dressed houses, air displays from the Royal Navy along with a shopping village and funfair. The local residents make an effort to decorate their houses with flags and local traders do 'regatta' based window displays.

 

          Tradition also says that we have a Royal Navy Guardship in the river, so today sees the arrival of HMS Chiddingfold. If you are here over the weekend make an effort to do one of the tours - great fun!

This was the river early this morning as the boats were preparing to leave for the races - plenty of movement within the bunting so obviously a good sailing day!

There are two firework displays during the Regatta with the first Thursday at 9pm and the second on Saturday at the same time - Friday night see's a spectacular display from the Red Arrows at 6.30pm and then at 8.45pm an illuminated procession on the boats down the river.  

Enjoy Regatta everyone!

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