Family Fun Weekend Saturday 24th through to Monday 26th August 2024

Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Opening Ceremony on Wednesday 28th August 2024

Thursday 29th August to Saturday 31st August 2024

Its back! We are delighted to see the return of the Regatta Ball for 2024.


Rowing and Sailing are at the very core of Dartmouth Regatta week, incorporating the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta. It is all about the river and the sea. The competition is fierce and the fun is full on against the magnificent, scenic backdrop that is the South Hams.

The rowing includes local, WEARA and pilot gig competitions, all offering spectacular sport on the beautiful River Dart. Click on Explore Regatta Rowing below to find out where, when and what happens.

The first-class sailing regatta for yachts, keelboats, sportsboats, and dinghies, is renowned throughout the UK and organised by our Joint Sailing Regatta Committee. Discover everything you need to know by clicking on Explore Regatta Sailing below.


The Port is steeped in history, as is the event: it is one of the oldest in the country and the earliest recorded Regatta was in 1822 with 2024 seeing the 179th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta take place.

2024 official platinum partners

2024 official gold partners

2024 official silver partners

4 Facts You Need To Know

Fact 1

Dartmouth Regatta is a whole week of entertainment and is free to attend. It costs over £180,000 each year to stage and we rely entirely on sponsors, traders and public donations.

Fact 2

There are over 250 sailing yachts entered for the racing in Start Bay. There are over 300 races and events during Regatta week including 50 rowing heats and races with around 600 competitors.

Fact 3

It’s not just sailing! The Regatta Tennis Tournament use 864 tennis balls during the week long tournament. The Regatta road races take place over a gruelling and very hilly 5.1 mile course.

Fact 4

The Regatta committee is entirely made up of volunteers who dedicate their time for free. We have to have at least 6 volunteers just to keep the Crabbing competition in order!
Photo credit: Aiden James

Take the time to explore all that the fabulous historical town of Dartmouth has to offer. Drop into Dartmouth’s Visitor Centre where the friendly team can answer your questions and pick up maps to guide you around the local area. With its rich maritime heritage there is so much to explore! For details of how to get here, staying over and where to find great food and drink…


Regatta always starts long before the last Friday in August. Vaughan Bowden is Vice Chair of DARC and runs a safety boat for skiff rowing on Thursday. Months of planning go into this event to ensure 300 plus rowers enjoy a good race. Vaughan shares how everyone prepares for the biggest week of the year and how generations of his family have been involved.


The Dartmouth Regatta committee work tirelessly – all as volunteers – to host a Regatta that everyone can enjoy every year. The event is free to attend and we rely entirely on sponsors and generous public donations to keep Regatta going. If you love Regatta as much as we do, donate today! 100% of your donation goes to the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, a not for profit company.

The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is the trading name of the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta Limited, a company registered in England, No: 07728393 Registered Office: c/o Marsland Nash Associates Vantage Point House, Decoy Industrial Estate, Silverhills Rd, Newton Abbot TQ12 5ND

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