Dartmouth Regatta !! a great success
The rowers rowed, the sailors sailed, the Red Arrows roared – and the sun shone, shone, shone to help make Dartmouth’s regatta one of the best for years.
On Red Arrows Friday, so many people poured into the town that the park and ride had to be closed and people had to be turned away.
On the river, so many sailors turned up for the huge event that their boats were being rafted three and four deep on some moorings to fit them all in.
Organisers are quietly confident the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta will be another money- making event that will leave the accounts firmly in the black for the third year running – despite a shortage of regatta collectors to rattle tins.
And they have declared this year’s 169th Royal regatta ranks among some of the best ever held.
Regatta chairman Jonathan Hawkins said: ‘It was an excellent regatta.’
And vice chairman Hilary Bastone added: ‘It ranks among the best regattas we have had.’
The regatta was a sun-soaked success virtually from the start, with only an evening thunderstorm on Wednesday to mar the celebrations.
Tens of thousands of people flooded into the town over the three main regatta days to enjoy the rowing, sailing, funfair atmosphere, the fireworks and the air displays which are one of the hallmarks of the popular event.