Welcome to the Classic Channel Regatta – a unique week long international event with its own distinctive and varied blend of racing round the cans at Dartmouth, passage racing across the Channel, and racing round an island in Brittany – all with a lively and informal programme ashore which brings together a wonderful gathering of boats and crews.
The regatta is biennial and the next one in 2021 will run from July 6th to July 14 th – again starting in Dartmouth with two days of racing in Start Bay before racing to the Channel Islands and then on to Paimpol in Brittany where there was racing around the Île de Brêhat. The welcome and hospitality in Paimpol are now legendary and the grande finale will be part of the town’s lively Juillet 14 (Bastille Day) celebrations.
In 2021 the regatta calls at three of the finest ports in the western English Channel, each providing a beautiful backdrop with its own West Country, Channel Islands or Breton ambiance. The atmosphere in port is strictly informal, bringing together a splendid collection of classic yachts and their crews from Britain, France, Belgium, Holland and further afield. Racing is under the JCH Classic Handicap – which is free and easily obtained online. Yachts designed before the end of 1974 built in any material, and some more recent yachts designed and built in classic style, are eligible. Find out more on our Classes and Eligibility page.
In a departure from previous years, the 2021 regatta will start on a Tuesday and finish on Wednesday the following week. This timing is dictated by the tide times and heights for the lock in Paimpol, and also encouraged by finishing on Bastille Day.
The Classic Channel Regatta is a revival of the spirit of the last century’s golden age of sailing and racing. If you own or sail on a classic yacht, or just want to come and admire the spectacle, we hope you’ll be able to join us at the 2021 Regatta to experience everything that makes the Classic Channel Regatta such a unique and enjoyable week.
We are hoping that life will be sufficiently back to normal by July to be able to run the regatta without any Covid related restrictions. However, we are aware that some social distancing and travel restrictions could still be in place. We have, therefore, a number of contingency plans to cope with whatever restrictions are in place at the time in order to run the regatta in compliance with the prevailing regulations of the authorities in Britain, France and Jersey and the rules and recommendations of the RYA and FFV. We will keep the situation under constant review in the run up to the regatta and update this information on the website as the situation becomes clearer.
VIDEO FROM THE 2019 CLASSIC CHANNEL REGATTA
French Navy yacht La Grande Hermine entering the lock at Paimpol
Chariman Bruce Thorogood’s yacht Mabel surfing en route to Paimpol
Blindfold dinghy racing – (thanks to Brizzledad)
Classic Young Sailors Foundation
In 2018 we set up the Classic Young Sailors Foundation as a UK registered charity with the aim of encouraging and supporting young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to sail in our classic and traditional boats.
We believe these boats deliver an especially beneficial seagoing experience, and we want to inspire in the next generation a love of sailing them, along with an understanding of the heritage that they represent.