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SATURDAY 26th May / SUNDAY 27th May 2018


Working trawler races have been sailed off Brixham since the early 1800's. There was always fiercely competitive, with the boats being driven extremely hard. In strong winds in 1927, the winning trawler 'Valerian', averaged over 12 knots around the course ! In 1914, King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup also popularly known as the 'King George V Cup' or the 'Kings Cup'. This was to be raced for by Brixham registered sailing trawlers over 40 tons but due to the First World War was not presented until 1919. This Cup was then competed for annually from 1919 until the advent of the Second World War in 1939.

In 1919, Sunny Isle was the first winner of the King George V Cup. Lord Churston, presided over the earlier events and in his letter to King George V, he sent the good wishes of the fishermen of Brixham and personal reassurance that, 'The gift will ever be held as a link between the Port of Brixham and the Throne'. The original title of the Regatta was the ‘Port of Brixham, Torbay, Royal Regatta’. Following this auspicious approval by Royalty, the local trawlers competed each year until 1939, when war broke out. Valerian (of which there is a model in Brixham Yacht Club), was particularly successful with Vigilance, (winner 1933) and Torbay Lass winner in 1936 also successful in this racing event. During the heyday in the 1920s and 30s, the racing was an incredible spectacle, with not only a large fleet of big ketches, but also a fleet of the great classic yachts, including King George's yacht 'Britannia' and several of the famous J-Class yachts.

After the war, racing lapsed and as sailing trawlers became commercially outdated the fleet slowly disappeared. However, through the efforts of local skipper Toni Knights, and with the involvement of the Devon Gaffers and several local restoration projects, in particular the Vigilance Preservation Society, Trinity Sailing Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust, the Brixham trawler fleet re-emerged from 1997 to sail once again for the Perpetual Challenge Cup, ( King George V Cup ). The modern event has had racing in five classes, allowing traditional sailing vessels of all types, shapes and sizes to take part. Since 2011 the Regatta now has a sixth class for yachts of any type of construction or rig, who are over 30 years old. The event is now a highlight of the traditional sailing calendar. The Heritage Regatta is organised by a team of volunteers, many with nautical experience of both modern and classic boats.

Heritage Regatta 2018 prize winners

Class 6 Brixham Royal Torbay Regatta 1912 Trophy
1st Maybee III
2nd Indulgence
3rd Pint Size
Class 5 Brixham Heritage Festival Salver
1st Tocobo
2nd De Velde
3rd Galago
Class 4 Alfred Wallace Memorial Trophy
1st Theta
2nd Bryony
Class 3 Shield plaque
1st Jessie
2nd Minx
Class 2 Torbay Royal Regatta Trawlers under 40 tons
1st Golden Vanity
2nd Le Grand Lejon
Class 2a Toni Knights Lugger half model
Guiding Star
Class 2b EG Martin Memorial salver
Class 1 Brixham Torbay Royal Regatta 1911 Cup
1st Pilgrim
2nd Vigilance
3rd Provident
Passage Sail over 30ft    Noss Marina Shield
Guiding Star
Furthest distance to event Peter Blanchard Memorial Tankard
Le Grand Lejon
Concours D'elegance Ibex Cup
Le Grand Lejon
Brixham Trawler King George V Perpetual Challenge Cup
1st Pilgrim
Brixham Heritage Festival and Carter Cup
2nd Vigilance



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