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.

It is biennial and this year’s one – from June 29th to July 6th – again started in Dartmouth with two days of racing in Start Bay before racing to St Helier in Jersey and then on to Paimpol in Brittany where there was racing around the Île de Brêhat and the now legendary welcome and hospitality in Paimpol.

The regatta called 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.

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.


Bruce Thorogood