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 the Île de Bréhat 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 because the 2021 regatta had to be cancelled due to Covid, the next one will be in 2022 and will run from July 9th to July 16th – again starting in Dartmouth with two days of racing in Start Bay before racing to Paimpol in Brittany where the welcome and hospitality for the regatta are now legendary. There will be a day in port after arrival when the regatta will be at the heart of the town’s juilllet 14 Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) celebrations, followed by the Round Île de Bréhat Race and Dance des Classiques on the 15th and the prizegiving and end of regatta supper-party on the 16th.
The 2022 regatta will again start in Dartmouth and finish in Paimpol, two of the finest ports in the western English Channel, each providing a beautiful backdrop with its own West Country 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.
Plans are afoot to run a race from Paimpol to La Rochelle, with a stopover at Camaret, starting on the 17th straight after the Classic Channel Regatta and finishing in La Rochelle on the 23rd. More information on this will be posted here soon.
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 2022 Regatta to experience everything that makes the Classic Channel Regatta such a unique and enjoyable week.
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.