UK news: Navionics is proud to support the Royal Dart Yacht Club as it celebrates its 150th Anniversary!

UK news: Navionics is proud to support the Royal Dart Yacht Club as it celebrates its 150th Anniversary!

07 July 2016

One of the country’s oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs in England celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016 with a packed programme of events, including the return of many of the popular races and regattas that the club organizes in and around the historic Devon port of Dartmouth and new challenges to commemorate this important landmark.

Events organized this year by the Royal Dart Yacht Club will include the well-established and popular Dartmouth Classics Regatta, a new competition - Savills Commodore’s Challenge Cup - and the Royal Dart Provident 150th Challenge, which will challenge young people through this sailing experience.

As part of the 150th anniversary sailing programme, the Royal Dart Yacht Club has issued a challenge to nine other Yacht Clubs in the South West to compete for a new team racing trophy.

·         One of the most spectacular events will be the Dartmouth Classics Regatta in Start Bay on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10.

Last held in 2014, it will act as a feeder race to Plymouth on Monday, July 11 for the start of the Plymouth-Brest-La Rochelle Revival Race. There is a packed programme of social events during the weekend and a parade of sail before the start of Sunday’s racing. On Monday there will be a passage race to Plymouth linked to the Plymouth-Brest-La Rochelle race and some of the competing yachts for that event are expected to be in Dartmouth for the weekend.

On Sunday morning, crowds on Dartmouth Embankment will be in the perfect position to witness the spectacular Parade of Sail which starts at 11am as the fleet heads for Start Bay once again and the Classics Race 3, a bay race. The prize giving takes place on the terrace of the Royal Dart Yacht Club at 4pm and will include mobile device chart App prizes provided by Navionics.

·         The club has issued a challenge to 12 other Yacht Clubs on the south coast of Devon and Cornwall to compete for a new team racing trophy - The Savills Commodore’s Challenge Cup. The clubs have been invited to submit one or more teams of three boats to compete in a fleet racing competition in Start Bay on July 23.

Clive Bennett, Commodore of The Royal Dart Yacht Club, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to launch a prestigious event to promote high quality sailing as part of our 150th Anniversary year.  We are delighted to have Savills on board as the headline sponsor and Navionics providing mobile device chart App prizes.  We look forward to a strong entry for this flagship event."

·         Later in the year is the Association of Sail Training Organisations Race for sail training ships (August 20-21).

·        The ASTO race brings together Sail Training vessels and young people in friendly competition. The event is open to Sail Training vessels under 24m, and other sailing vessels if at least half of the crew are between 12 and 25 years old. The fleet arrives in Dartmouth on August 20, with training and social events the following day before starting the overnight race to Gosport on Monday, August 22, expecting to arrive two days later.

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Photographer: Mike Wynne-Powell