Maritime Event Registration

Events

Dart Harbour is extremely keen to support all official maritime events and plays host to a large variety, in different areas of the harbour.

Any organisations, clubs or associations wishing to organise a maritime event on the River Dart (within Dart Harbour Limits) is legally obliged to gain permission from Dart Harbour who are primarily responsible for safety on the river.

Dart Harbour expects the organisor to arrange the appropriate level of safety cover, insurance and where applicable risk assessments and a planning meeting is normally arrnaged to discuss the safety arrnagements.

Please note that events will only be offically registered when DHNA recieve full details and safety paperwork.

Please be aware that Dart Harbour reserves the right to charge commercial organsiations for the use of certain facilities.

Registration forms are available from the Harbour Office or you can download the form on the link to the right hand side on this page and email to info@dartharbour.org.  

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Rallies

Organisers of visiting rallies may pre-book visitors berthing if there is generally more than 10 vessels. Please be aware that Dart Harbour will only accept pre-bookings from bonafide yacht clubs or cruising clubs that have no commercial interest.

During our busier periods there may be a fee payable in advance to secure your booking and certain facilties may not be avialble.  Requests will be dealt with on a first come first served basis,with bookings only being taken up to a year in advance.

To register a rally please complete the registration form on the link to the right hand side on this page and email to info@dartharbour.org

 

Wild Swimming

The River Dart “harbour” is navigable to a broad range of vessels and other marine related activities from the harbour entrance to the weir at Totnes.

Swimming in the harbour can be hazardous without reasonable precautions and is strongly discouraged between Dartmouth and Dittisham due to the high volume and range of vessels using it.  Although commercial traffic to the wharfs at Totnes has now stopped, large commercial passenger vessels operate between the harbour entrance and Totnes and at certain states of the tide in the higher reaches, can be restricted in movement due to the narrow deep water channel. 

Swimmers are sometimes hard to spot for skippers of these vessels and, in a black wetsuit, easily confused with a seal.  A seal can be relied upon to keep out of the way, but by the time a skipper has realised he is dealing with a swimmer and not a seal, vital time has been lost; stopping a vessel can be difficult and takes time. 

We therefore recommend swimmers plan their swim carefully seeking local advice, wear brightly coloured gear to distinguish them from seals and other marine life, keep out of the main channel whenever possible and are ideally accompanied by a safety craft.         

Or for further information on any of the above or if you are planning a swimming event, please contact the Deputy Harbour Master at the Harbour Office.