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by Jonathan Reynolds 16 Aug 2018 15:16 BST 25 August - 2 September 2018
Racing at Dartmouth Sailing Week 2014 © Peter Newton

Whether you're new to sailing, an expert or a spectator you're going to love Dartmouth Sailing Week, 25 August to 2 September.

Dartmouth Sailing Week is one of the most enjoyable and welcoming events in Devon's sailing calendar - an unmissable mix of fun, competitions and entertainment (not forgetting those all-important refreshments!). Its special atmosphere makes it a firm favourite with local and visiting sailors, and spectators will find a glorious floating display to watch and admire.

The week, which starts with the Senior Dinghy Regatta and then continues on to the August Bank Holiday weekend, showcases the river Dart in all its glittering summer glory, and whether you're afloat or on land, you'll find yourself drawn into the exciting programme of events. Among the mix are many old favourites - after all, Dartmouth Sailing Week is now in its 174th year - as well as new activities, ensuring that all the family are involved and entertained.

According to Peter Boote, Chairman of the Joint Regatta Sailing Committee: "Dartmouth Sailing Week is a truly inclusive event. It's the one time of the year when everyone goes out on the river - no matter whether you're a beginner or an expert - and the emphasis is on enjoying yourself, having fun and getting to know your fellow sailors."

There's something for everyone among the long list of competitions and entertainments, which includes...

  • Junior dinghy demonstration race in front of the South Embankment on Wednesday afternoon to show how it is done!
  • Races for dinghies, modern and classic yachts and small day sailing boats - all make splendid watching for folks ashore
  • New for 2018 is a Cruising Skills Competition. Ideal for the less competitive sailor - you can score points for making tea or even going to the pub(!)
  • Also new for 2018 - Sunday Funday - a rip-roaring nail-biter of a sailing race designed to test both your tactical and sailing skills

With so much going on, it's essential to have a strong team of organisers and promoters behind the scenes. Some of the big names who have helped make Dartmouth Sailing Week happen are sponsors Sunsail, Helly Hansen, Salcombe Gin, Savills, Chatham, Premier Marina, Jelf Group, Scantrut, Paradigm Norton, Harken, Baltic Wharf and Dartmouth Holiday Homes. The involvement of such a variety of supporting organisations has ensured that the week reaches out to the widest possible audience of sailors and spectators. Dartmouth Sailing Week is part of The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.

2018 has been a summer to remember - so what better way to top it off than Dartmouth Sailing Week?