Guide to Newquay and Cornwall

PLYMOUTH REGATTA

Having taking place in the city of Plymouth for 150 years, The Plymouth Regatta is a well known tradition. In this year’s regatta, it will run from July 25 to August 2. This celebration is geared up to be one of the best yet with a high number of entries, live bands and for the first time in history, an iner- club Match Racing in the RYA’s (Royal Yachting Association_ matched J80’s.

This is a real coup for Plymouth and has only been possible because of Mayflower Marina’s involvement and outstanding new facilities. The marina will be providing storage for the J80’s and will also use its new boat hoist to launch and recover the vessels.

The week kicks off with dinghy racing before the J80 races take over from the 27th-29th. The eagerly anticipated Champagne Race will take place on the 30th July and will see a number of sailors compete in a 40 mile offshore race. Yacht racing takes place the following two days and the final day will see the emergence of the ‘Champion of Champions’ as the winners of each race compete against each other.

Local bandswill be playing in the regatta marquee on the Friday and Saturday nights (31st July and 1st August), keeping the atmosphere running until the early hours. Namely Larry and the Lilos and Faux Furs.
Peter Noakes, organiser of the Port of Plymouth Regatta, added: “Mayflower Marina supported the regatta in 2008 and this year has increased its efforts by providing us with the excellent opportunity to have the J80s involved - without them the Royal Yachting Association would not be in Plymouth. We have seen huge support from a number of local businesses and we are really excited about this year’s event. We really hope to get the people of Plymouth out in force to support the sailors.”

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