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SATURDAY 28th and SUNDAY 29th MAY 2016



The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta has its roots in the Sailing Trawler races that have been held in Torbay since the early 1800’s. In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the 'King George V Cup' or the 'Kings Cup', to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons. This was competed for annually from 1919 until 1939 when the war ended racing and sailing trawlers were rapidly being retired.


The Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta was revived by enthusiasts in 1997 and so 2016 is the 20th Anniversary of the modern Regatta. The dates for the 2016 Heritage Sailing Regatta are Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May. Consequently, Regatta arrivals can be on the Friday or Saturday with the Fish Supper, Festivities and Fireworks on the Saturday evening and the Skippers Briefing, Regatta, Prize Giving, Raffle and Live Music on the Sunday. It also leaves the Bank Holiday Monday free for crews to sail home.


Please go to the ‘Event’ page for provisional details of the 2016 Regatta. A 2016 Entry Form and revised documents have now also been added.




Please see the Results page for the 2015 results. Firstly, a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who took part, to make it such a busy and enjoyable Regatta. I think it is fair to say that a good time was had by all !Unfortunately, a number of our regular entrants were absent mainly due to maintenance issues, this included some Brixham based boats. Consequently, we were once again destined not to make the target figure of 30 boats. Sadly, this included the French Boats who withdrew in the final fortnight due to engine problems. However, 24 boats still made it to the Regatta, with some arriving early on Friday and most on Saturday.


The forecast weather for Saturday was dull and overcast with a chance of showers, in reality it was a glorious sunny day ! Registration took place on the Brixham Trawler Vigilance. The skipper and crews complimentary fish supper on the Saturday evening went down very well as usual with over 110 people being served with generous portions ! Complimentary Regatta Mugs were handed out after everyone had eaten and the bar was kept very busy as usual. We were then treated to a spectacular Firework display by the harbour.


Sunday dawned dull and dry with occasional sun, with moderate sailing winds. Even with slightly reduced numbers it was still a spectacular sight. It was great to see so many sails in the Bay, especially with some new entrants. A reasonable crowd of spectators gathered along the breakwater and Battery Gardens to watch the large and small Classic and Vintage Boats in action. Fortunately, the wind behaved this year producing few problems, giving the boats a reasonable sail. Perhaps the bigger boats would have preferred a little more wind.


On Sunday evening, the Yacht Club was VERY busy with Sailing Suppers and the prize giving which was followed by the raffle draw. A very successful evening then continued with live music from a new band whowere very well received. Everyone said that they had a great time and I am grateful to the seven boats who contacted me after the event to say that they had really enjoyed themselves.


The Heritage Committee are grateful to the people who sponsored the event or made donations to support the Regatta. This is a self-supporting, non-profit making event run by volunteers, and any excess funds are used to help fund future Regattas. We also thank Toni Knights for kindly supplying us with artwork for the Regatta Polo shirts, Mugs and Tankards. Everyone had a great time in 2015 and we hope to see you all, plus hopefully some new boats back for the Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May 2016.


Brixham Heritage Sailing Rally 2015  Report. After suggestions that there was a need for a late Summer Classic Boat event in South Devon, this event was given the go ahead by the Committee and took place on the 26th September. It was a late Summer Rally of Heritage and Classic boats but nothing like the scale of our May Regatta, it was basically, just a relaxed get together for a sail in company, a chat about boats, a few drinks, plus sailing suppers at Brixham YC. A good collection of 15 boats were in attendance in what can only be described as ‘glorious’ weather. Clear blue skies and a light to moderate breeze made for ideal sailing conditions. A pleasant 2.5 hour sail was followed by an enjoyable social evening in the Yacht Club. This event will be continued in future and the date for next year’s Rally will be the 10th September 2016, ( note change of date ).



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