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 last one in 2019 ran from Saturday June 29th to Saturday July 6th. It followed the successful and well proven formula of previous Classic Channel Regattas and, as in 2017, sailed from Dartmouth to the channel islands (in 2019 making a 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 once again started with two days of racing in Start Bay off Dartmouth. Then the Classic Channel Race Dartmouth – St Helier started from Dartmouth on Monday afternoon finishing at St Helier during Tuesday, where there was a get-together in St Helier in the evening. The Classic St Helier – Paimpol Passage Race set sail from there on Wednesday morning and arrived in Paimpol in the evening.
Thursday was 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, also a day of trips and activities in and around Paimpol.
La Course du Tour de l’Île de Bréhat was on Friday. Boats locked out of Paimpol in the morning and raced around the island, two races followed by a picnic lunch anchored off Île de Bréhat. In the early evening there was the very popular Danse des Classiques off Paimpol before a Parade of Sail of the fleet back into harbour.
Saturday was The Finale Day and provided another opportunity to enjoy the charms of Paimpol with sports activities for those with energy to burn – blindfold dinghy racing, an England v rest of the world cricket match and a France v Rest of the World Boules competition). There followed the final prizegiving in the afternoon and supper party in the evening.
Throughout the regatta, as well as the racing, there was 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.
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 would like to thank all of the yachts and crews who joined us in 2019, making the Classic Channel Regatta such a uniquely enjoyable event.