About the 2019 Regatta
The Classic Channel Regatta is a unique event with its own distinctive blend of racing, passage making and informal parties. Calling at three of the finest ports in the English Channel, it brings together a fine collection of classic yachts and their crews from many countries to celebrate the joy and spirit of the golden age of sailing and racing.
The regatta is biennial and the next one in 2019 will run from Saturday June 29th to Saturday July 6th. It will follow the successful and well proven formula of previous Classic Channel Regattas and, as in 2017, will sail from Dartmouth to the channel islands (in 2019 we will be making our stopover at St Helier in Jersey instead of St Peter Port in Guernsey as in previous regattas) before continuing on to Paimpol in Brittany.
The regatta will once again start with two days of racing in Start Bay off Dartmouth. Then the Classic Channel Race Dartmouth – St Helier will start from Dartmouth on Monday afternoon with the first leg finishing at St Helier during Tuesday, where there will be a get-together on the quay in the St Helier Marina (Albert Quay) in the evening. The Classic St Helier – Paimpol Passage Race will set sail from there on Wednesday morning and arrive in Paimpol in the evening.
Thursday will be an ‘Interlude Day’ of rest and activities in and around Paimpol. A welcome pause to enjoy the charms of Paimpol for those who in the past may have found the pace of the week a bit relentless after racing across the Channel – but for those still with energy to burn, also a day of activities to dip into (optimist racing, an England v rest of Europe cricket match and a France v Rest of the World Boules competition being just a few ideas in the pipeline).
La Course du Tour de l’Île de Bréhat will be on Friday. Boats will lock out of Paimpol in the morning and the race will be either a slightly longer race than in previous years, or more probably two races, depending on conditions. There will be a picnic lunch anchored off Île de Bréhat and in the early evening there will be the very popular Danse des Classiques off Paimpol before a Parade of Sail of the fleet back into harbour.
Saturday is The Finale Day and will provide another opportunity to enjoy the charms of Paimpol with more sports and activities before the final prizegiving in the afternoon and supper party in the evening.
Throughout the regatta, as well as the racing, there will be a full programme of suppers, parties and receptions in each port. The accent is very much on informality (you can definitely leave the No1 yachting kit at home!) and the regatta prides itself on its relaxed Westcountry and Breton ambiance.
We describe the racing as ‘gentleman’s racing’ and you can be as competitive or relaxed as you like. The rating system used is the JCH Classic Handicap which is free – and it is simple to get a handicap online. Full information on the handicap page.
Most yachts designed before the end of 1968, approved designs from 1969 to the end of 1974, and later designs in classic style are eligible to take part. Full information is on the eligibility page.
Most yachts do the whole regatta, but there are options to do just sectors if time is limited. The regatta is a truly international event with past regattas attracting entries from Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium, Holland and Germany – and we have at least one Polish yacht planning to come to the 2019 regatta and we look forward to more countries joining the list in future.
The regatta is run by Classic Channel Regatta Ltd for the CRAB (Classic Regattas Anglo-Breton) Association whose members are the regatta entrants and crews – so it is truly democratic with the participants effectively owning the regatta and deciding how they would like it run. Read more on the CRAB association.
The regatta is also part of the Challenge Classique Manche-Atlantique (CCMA) series of races run by the Yacht Club Classique in France.
We hope you’ll be able to join us in 2019 to experience for yourself everything that makes the Classic Channel Regatta such a uniquely enjoyable event.