Fowey Royal Regatta - 14th to 20th August 2016
In the third week in August Fowey plays host to hundreds of visitors who flock to see Fowey Royal Regatta. The harbour is full to bursting with craft competing or here to soak up the atmosphere and fun.
The Regatta has a long & proud history, having attracted visitors including Queen Victoria, Prince Albert & Queen Elizabeth II.
The non-sailing events ashore during Regatta week are organised, marshalled and funded by the Fowey Royal Regatta Committee. This is an entirely voluntary organisation whose members give freely of their time and effort. The week costs in the region of £30, 000 and this money is collected by sponsorship, selling souvenirs but extensively by street collections.
The Fowey Royal Regatta is regarded by many as one of the best local regattas in the country. It is very much a family regatta, with events occurring daily on the Town Quay, carnival procession, gig racing, two firework displays and other entertaining events and activities including the hotly contested children's crab catching competition.
Safety in Regatta Week
Safety is of primary concern. A safe harbour makes a fun harbour
With so many craft, races, events and the continuing need to move large commercial ships including cruise liners in and out of the harbour some special arrangements have to be put in place.
A briefing meeting with all organisations sets out the programme and safety parameters for the week and risk assessments. Full arrangements are published in the form of Harbour Masters notices which are circulated to clubs and available on the website. Large commercial movements are under full escort of harbour patrol vessels and for safety purposes exclusion zones may be put in place. All craft must comply with instructions from the patrol vessel acting for the harbour master.
With sailing racing in the harbour and large numbers of craft exiting or entering before and after races the harbour can become very congested. All masters of craft using the harbour at this time are asked to show consideration to other harbour users.
The six knot speed limit will be enforced
Leisure craft moorings in Regatta Week
With upwards of 350 visiting craft in the harbour pressures for moorings requires rafting on all our visitors moorings. Should the weather conditions be inclement every effort will be made to moor craft in more calmer waters further up the harbour
Visit the regatta website for more information on Fowey Royal Regatta Week