This is a biennial regatta which celebrates the joys of racing in a more gentlemanly forum and also makes the most of a number of the English Channel’s finest cruising grounds to boot. Open to all classic yachts, this excellent event combines leisurely racing offshore and inshore and also provides a great range of entertainments in such varied and beautiful ports as Dartmouth, Paimpol and St Peter Port. The Classic Channel Regatta is staged in three different ports over a single week and kicks off in the West Country, with two days of racing off Dartmouth followed by a down channel race to the beautiful Breton port of Paimpol.
Given the excellent and varied range of destinations and races, it is easy to understand why this event has been a big hit with classic boat enthusiasts, with the last event attracting 80 entrants, which the organisers consider is about the limit they can cope with. If you are keen in participating, but aren’t sure if your yacht qualifies as a classic, the criteria is very simple: You just need to own a vessel which was built before 1976. Even if you don’t, more modern yachts built to a traditional design or styles are considered.
This is a great opportunity to get involved with a very friendly event which has had the good sense to race to three of the most picturesque ports in the whole of the English Channel.
Dartmouth - Paimpol - Guernsey
Distance: 145 nautical miles
Conditions: 20 - 25 Knots. Sea state Moderate
Participation: 100 Yachts
Dartmouth - Paimpol - Guernsey
Yes, of course. There will be an experienced skipper and team members on the yacht. They will give you a role and teach you everything you need to know to be a useful team member and feel comfortable.
Yes, all team members will definitely try themselves in different roles to better understand each other. Standing at the helm is an integral part of training for beginners as well as setting sails, and helping the team during moorings.
As a rule, participants in the regatta live on the yacht. The boat has everything you need for a comfortable stay: nice beds, a kitchen, a shower with toilet. If you do not want to live on a yacht, then you can arrange to stay at the hotel onshore.
The crew decides altogether what kind of food they prefer to eat and makes necessary purchases. Simple dishes can be cooked, usually taking turns. Some regattas offer daily meals and intensive evening program for all crews.
We can make an invitation for a visa, but you need to apply for a visa by yourself.
Most people tolerate some seasickness easily. If you feel that you are starting to feel sick, it is best to get at the steering wheel or tune the sails. Get yourself busy, show your body that you don’t have time to get sick, you have to fight for victory in the race. There are also many quite effective medicines from sickness. If you start taking them in advance, then the probability of seasickness is almost zero.
Before each trip, we organize an online meeting where participants get to know each other and the captain. The captain will answer all your questions. The crew will have a group chat so you can get to know each other before the start of the regatta. Then you will meet in the marina.
The main rule is to dress comfortably and according to the weather. Clothing: • windbreaker and pants or shorts; • shirt/jacket with UV protection (thermal underwear and fleece); • adjustable hat/cap; • gloves. We recommend to purchase a long-sleeved jacket with UV protection in order to protect yourself from the sun and strong wind. Yachting shoes should be: • light, with non-slip white outsole; • with the fixed heel; • with a tightly closed nose. During the sailing without shoes, you can fall or injure your fingers and feet on the deck. There are many protruding parts on the boat that are easy to catch. Unfortunately, even experienced sailors are not protected from unpleasant injuries when they ignore this simple rule.