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Summer Cruiser Race to the West Country 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (all day)

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Date Wednesday, July 29, 2020 (all day)
Duration   9d

2020 Summer Open Regatta & Family Cruise to the West Country. July 29th to August 8th

Summer 2020 will be glorious. The weather is booked, skipper’s handbook written, now all we need is YOU.

We have planned a series of short hops, with enough time in each port to explore and have fun shoreside. Starting midweek in Lymington on the 29th July, we proceed to Poole for a couple of days (perhaps take trips to Brownsea Island, have a Kayak race or explore the harbour and anchor out for lunch), then a quick hop down to the coast into Portland Marina for a pontoon party and, to time our departure for the passage around the Bill toward Dartmouth. Once in Dartmouth we have a couple of lay days to perhaps take a trip on the steam train or dinghy ride up the river to Dittisham. Next, we are off to Salcombe (with its Gin distillery – hic!) and finally to Plymouth (arriving on the 8th August) for victualling (more Gin anyone?), or perhaps take in the Mayflower exhibition, in this, the 40th year since her cruise to discover the new world.

The event ends on the 8th August in Plymouth, leaving each vessel free to make their way home, or perhaps explore the river Yealm, or press on Westwards and with options to attend Falmouth Week  (7th-16th August) or Fowey Week (16th-22nd August), even venture to the Isles of Scilly. Time, tide and weather permitting of course!

There is no “typical” entrant into the summer cruise. Sailing yachts and motorboats are welcome. Some skippers are total novices, who may never have cruised outside the Solent, while others may have decades of experience. In the past, boat sizes have ranged from a little 24-footer, whose skipper likes that his boat is old and slow because he “gets more hour’s fun per mile than everyone else”. Others are family cruisers, ranging to 45 foot (although there is no size limit). Some are family boats who take a relaxed view of passage making, while others are others like to make a race of it. Whichever you choose, the emphasis is always on having fun.

There is a form for you to register your ( interest or contact Pat North ( for more details.

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