2022 Regatta Programme

(all dates provisional except Regatta Day)

Regatta Day - Sunday 7th August

Gaffers & Luggers Races

Race 1 - Tuesday 26/07/22 1600

Race 2 - Wednesday 27/07/22 1700

See the majestic Gaff and Lugg sail rigged sailing boats compete through a challenging course starting just off Appledore Quay and making their way over to Braunton Burrows heading to the Lifeboat Station then returning back along the estuary back up the River Torridge to the finish line at Richmond Dock.

Location: Appledore Quay

Model Yacht Racing

Sunday 31/07/22 1400 (postponed)

New Date - Saturday 27/08/22 1230

Appledore has a long tradition of Vintage Model Yacht Sailing and this year is no exception with several races taking place with a variety of model yachts of all sizes and styles for all ages.

Spectators are welcome to join Competitors on the Lifeboat slipway to see and take part in the launching of Model Yachts.

Prizes Giving will be outside (weather permitting) at the side of the lifeboat station.

There are plenty of Yachts of all sizes for anyone to have a go.

Location: Lifeboat slipway


RNLI & local boats will be supporting this event.

Model Yachts are launched from the Sand Ridge in the middle of the River Torridge at low tide.

This event does require a short boat ride to the Sand Ridge and back.

Launching of Model Yachts does require Participants to enter the water no more than knee deep.

If Children are launching Model Yachts please ensure they are supervised.

Spectators are welcome.


Regatta Day

Sunday 7th August 2022

Starts 11:30pm & Ends around 4:30pm

Please listen to announcements on the day on Appledore Quay for events & timings.

Along Appledore Quay: 'Tug of War' on water, Gig & Punt Race, WEARA Rowing Races, Gig Club Boat Races, 'Miller & Sweep' Battle, Greasy Pole, with a variety of Stalls and many other events and activities. WEARA Rowing can be viewed from Appledore Quay.

The RNLI Offshore Lifeboat will also be available to view on and in subject to call outs.

Viewing from: Appledore Quay.

Over on Instow Beach: Rowing Crews from across the South West will be arriving early and setting up/off for races from Instow.

W.E.A.R.A. organise over 30 Races, with over 150 Crews from Rowing Clubs across the South West competing in regional competitions at locations all over the South West for more details click here.

Viewing from: Appledore Quay or Instow Beach.

Launching from: Instow Beach for WEARA Rowing Crews.

World Championship Crabbing Contest

Friday 12/08/22 1800

Register 5:30pm, Starts 6:00pm

Excellent fun for the kids...and the big kids!

Try catching as many crabs as possible in the allotted time, using traditional single crabbing lines, to be the World Champion.


Location: South end of Appledore Quay

Gig Sprint Races

Monday 15/08/22 2000

Racing Starts at 8:00pm

See Pilot Gig Club crews compete in a number of sprint races from one end of Appledore Quay to the Anchor Slipway opposite the Seagate Hotel.

Viewing from: Appledore Quay.

Launching from: Church Fields Car Park Slipway (Big Anchor), Appledore.

Harding Cup for Redwings (tbc)

See traditional National Redwing Dinghy Races, easily identified by their red sails.

Viewing from: Appledore Quay or Instow Beach.

Launching from: North Devon Yacht Club Slipway Instow.

Salmon Boat Races (tbc)

Racing Starts at 6:00pm

Rowing endurance and team work are key from start to finish in a traditional Salmon Boat.

Viewing from: Appledore Quay.

Launching from: Church Fields Car Park Slipway (Big Anchor), Appledore.

The easy and convenient way to get across the River Torridge to enjoy both Appledore & Instow.

On Regatta day take in the atmosphere of the Rowing Crews getting ready to race and setting off on Instow beach or visit Appledore with the stalls Lifeboat and much more.

Location: Appledore Quay & Instow Quay

Click here for Appledore & Instow Ferry Website for further details

2022 Results & Prizes

The Winners of the various Regatta Events & Activities will be presented with Regatta Trophies, Cups, Salvers, Bowls and Medals as available.

Many of these awards have been presented to the Regatta Committee by local supporters as 'perpetual awards' in memory of local family members and must be returned a month before the start of the following years Regatta.

All Regatta Events Prize Giving will take place on Appledore Quay or as advised during the Regatta or in the programme.