The 168th Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta takes place from Thursday 30th August to Saturday 1st September 2012 and it promises to be the best one yet!
The Regatta is based around a programme of rowing and sailing events, but also incorporates a busy programme of activities including air displays, fireworks, a large fair, sporting events and many other smaller events that happen in and around the town centre which will ensure that visitors to Dartmouth will never want for spectacles to watch.
For those who wish to actively participate there are sports of every description, including tennis, swimming, rowing and running, and there are plethora of other events ranging from pavement painting, a photographic competition, a crab fishing competition the infamous "Spot the Oddity".
The two firework displays, which will take place on Thursday 30th August and Saturday 1 September at 21:00 are expected to be watched by approximately 50,000 people who line the viewing points on both Dartmouth and Kingswear banks, so please make sure to utilise the park & ride arrangements when coming to the town as there is no parking in the town itself.
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that the Red Arrows, the RAF Aerobatic Team, have been tasked to display at the Regatta on Friday 31st August. This year the Red Arrows will learn to fly in an unusual seven formation. The team usually flies with nine aircraft but its first female pilot moved to a ground-based role earlier this year following the very sad loss of two Red Arrows pilots last year.
Nearly 100,000 people visit Dartmouth during the Regatta period, swelling the town’s population of approximately 6,000 and making Dartmouth Regatta one of the largest public events in the South West, and the second largest Regatta in the UK after Cowes Week.
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