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The Grand Dart River Pageant

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION - The Grand Dart River Pageant has been cancelled. This comes in response to the rapidly changing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation.  

As the opening event of the Dartmouth Mayflower 400 weekon Sunday 30th August 2020, there will be a Grand Dart River Pageant in the Harbour and Noss on Dart berth holders are invited to be a part of history and join in with the procession.

Premier Marinas is delighted to be primary sponsors of the Pageant and central to the theme will be a procession from Noss on Dart Marina, moving downriver to salute the dignitary in the Flagship, with all units in the armada being 'dressed to the nines'.  

Leading the procession will be the Matthew, a faithful replica of John Cabot's original ship, playing the part of the Mayflower. The Brixham Trawler Pilgrim will be playing the part of the Speedwell. To follow there will be squadrons of larger boats and smaller boats and a massed squadron of Gigs will bring up the rear.  

Organisers anticipate the following minimum requirements for entry.

  • The boat will be able to maintain a controlled passage speed of 3 knots,
  • Must be propelled by either a motor or manpower with oars; sails will not be hoisted.   

The plan is to create squadrons of boats of similar features so they can proceed downriver as a corporate unit: this to produce a larger mass of boats moving in concert, rather than a single line procession, to maximise the visual impact of the occasion.

Registration is now open for those who wish to take part in the River Pageant. Only a £10 entry fee per boat and will include the following:

  • Dartmouth Mayflower 400 ‘Battle Flag’
  • Pageant brochure
  • Commemoration Mug
  • Certificate of Participation

Following the Pageant, please do join the team at Noss on Dart who will be holding a post-Pageant Party where there will be hot food and live music for berth holders, friends and family to gather together to enjoy this slice of history in the making.

*Please note that details are still being finalised and the above is only provided for guidance. For further information please click here.