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. After a short break in this most picturesque of ports, competitors can then compete in the Ile de Brehat race before indulging in a race across to Guernsey in the Channel Islands before rounding off a thoroughly satisfactory race with the Round Sark Race.
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.