From SPORTING INTERESTS Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta
27 August - 29 August, Dartmouth, Devon. The first Recorded Regatta in Dartmouth was in 1822. There were three sailing races, one six-oared gig race, and a military band played out at the Dartmouth Castle and 120 attended a ball.

In 1834 the Regatta, which used to be run by leading gentlemen of the neighbourhood, changed its format when the inhabitants of the Town called a meeting and elected a Committee of their own.

In 1856 it became a Royal Regatta when an unscheduled visit by Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales came into Dartmouth because of bad weather in a flotilla of nine boats, the day before the scheduled Regatta, 11th August.

Prince Albert and his son went up to Sharpham Point in the new steamboat Dartmouth which had arrived on the river only the previous day. The Queen followed in the State Barge, going as far as Dittisham. The Queen came ashore at 6 pm and was met by the Town Mayor.

The Queen then drove in a carriage over 'The Ridges' to locally known 'Black House' at the junction of Jaw Bones/Swannaton Road/Stoke Fleming Road. She was accompanied by Sir H.F. Seale on horseback. That night there were special illuminations both ashore and afloat.

The Queen donated 25 Prince Albert gave 20 for three rowing races to be competed for by the sailors of Dartmouth and this was done on the second day of the Regatta.

The Queen the next day sailed on to Plymouth but before leaving bestowed the title of 'Royal' on the Regatta. We write each year to the Monarch for Royal Patronage. The Patron now is Prince Andrew., the Duke of York.

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