Fowey Royal Regatta of the UK's top sailing events

The serene peace and quiet of Fowey is pretty much guaranteed for 51 weeks of the year, but for one week only – Royal Regatta Week – the harbour town explodes into life for what is now known as one of Britain’s premier sailing events.

The long-running, family-friendly regatta has in the somewhat distant past attracted royal visitors, including Queen Victoria – hence its royal approval.

These days the royal visits are fewer and further between, but the event goes from strength to strength and the 2012 renewal promises to be action packed both offshore and on land.
Taking place between the 19th and 26th of August, the usual smorgasbord of sailing races – featuring all kinds of different vessels including yachts, dinghies, working boats and more – provides the watery thrills and spills which prove so popular year in, year out.
The first two days of the week sees the Fowey Regatta following its usual course to and from Falmouth, while the traditional yacht races around the buoys follow on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
The yacht racing climaxes on the Friday with the longer Tribute Trophy and Lloyds Bank Cup races.
A host of other races take place over the week, with the traditional Red Arrows display – a highlight of the regatta - thrown in for good measure.
Non-water based attractions include a carnival - featuring a dazzling parade of colourful floats and fancy dress - firework displays, live music on the Town Quay, and kids events such as crab catching and other competitions. The vast majority of events during the week are free.
The town enjoys a steady stream of tourists throughout the summer and as such accommodation is in plentiful supply. However the surge in visitor numbers for this particular week means booking accommodation in advance is advised. See our Cornwall accommodation and get in there early.
Fowey Royal Regatta is a fun-filled week for all the family – whether sailing expert or novice.


Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015