This quintessentially English regatta first established in the 1830’s, in its infancy, featured many rowing races and was attended by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
More recently, the regatta has become much more sailing-focused and has been graced by Queen Elizabeth II’s presence. The fun-packed week-long sailing event brings the mouth of the River Fowey alive with the Troy One Design Class, currently 30-boats-strong, taking centre-stage. The Royal Fowey Yacht Club and the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club host dedicated racing days as well as St Austell Brewery hosting their ‘Tribute Day’.
The River Fowey fleet boats, Falmouth working boats and cruisers from afar congregate to race on handicap, complimenting the Troy One Designs and gig rowing which together generate crowds of spectators. Land-based events include the Fowey Carnival procession, fireworks, crabbing competitions, the harbour swim, giant pasty ceremony, the flora dance and live music, including the Fowey Town Band.