• Posted:Friday, August 7, 2009
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Sail the stormy Dartmouth seas

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Sail the stormy Dartmouth seas
Backpackers off on a jaunt around south Devon will be pleased to know that their bank holiday entertainment can begin with a bang. The Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta, taking place from August 27-29th, sounds like the perfect way to while away some weekend hours to me. Just keep those itchy travelling feet still for a few days and you'll have a great time messing about with boats, rocking out to live music, racing around in fancy dress and competing in barrel-rolling contests. OK, so I'm not too sure quite what that last one entails - are you in the barrel? Are you pushing the barrel? - but everything sure does sound fun.

Over 200 ships and boats of varying degrees of size (dinghy versus yacht) are heading to Dartmouth Harbour to compete in more than 15 races and, even if you're not the captain of your own vessel, you'll get to see some cool stuff. A Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane will also be taking to the skies to commemorate the Battle of Britain and there will be some aerobatic displays by the famed Red Arrows. Things may also get a little bit hardcore for the spectators with demonstrations by the Black Knights Army Parachute Team.

If you're not up for anything too strenuous and you just want to chill, however, that's not a problem at all and the outlying countryside is really beautiful with lots of quaint houses nestled against the hillsides, cropping up when you least expect them. The first regatta in Dartmouth was in 1822 so you'll be taking part in history if you do decide to go.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19302091-ADNFCR
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