Grab a paddle and take part for charity...

The inaugural Port of Dover Community Regatta will be held on Saturday 27 July on Dover Seafront between 10am and 5pm.

The new regatta will incorporate the popular Dover District Community Safety Day.

A full programme of activities will be on offer including paddlesports, sailing tasters, pedalos and a new
tournament, the ‘Dover Port Dash’ sponsored by Dover Harbour Board, that
will see teams race across the harbour in ‘Thames Cutters’.

The rowers will pit their
wits against the waves and challenging their fitness in a bid to raise
money for local charity Pegasus.

The event is being facilitated by Dover Harbour Board with the support of Dover District Community Safety Partnership and Dover Sea Sports Centre, which is leading the marine-based family fun.
Bob Goldfield, chief executive of the Port of Dover said: ‘We’re pleased to support a new marine event for Dover, making the most of our harbour for the enjoyment of the community and to continue supporting the Dover District Community Safety Day.

‘With the involvement and enthusiasm of Dover Sea Sports Centre, we are creating an exciting partnership to provide a fantastic festival of family fun on land and sea at the Port of Dover – it should be a great start to the summer holidays.’

The Port is particularly pleased to be sponsoring the Dover Port Dash in aid of Pegasus, a local charity that works with children who have a variety of severe and complex disabilities,

Mr Goldfield adds: ‘Pegasus works to give such children opportunities to meet new people, make new friends and experience a wide variety of different activities in a safe environment. We are delighted to sponsor the Dover Port Dash for such a worthy beneficiary.’

Sue Clarke, chairman of the Pegasus Playscheme said: ‘The Pegasus committee are delighted to hear that we are to be your chosen charity for the ‘Dover Port Dash’.

‘Such amazing news for us and we are really looking forward to the day. It is a wonderful opportunity for Dover to celebrate a local charity of some 27 years standing and you can rest assured we will be there to enjoy the event.’

The Community Safety event will include demonstrations and displays throughout the day by the emergency services and community agencies.

The free event will provide the chance for visitors to find out about the wide range of work undertaken to help keep Dover District a safe place to live, work and visit.

Nadeem Aziz, chairman of the Dover District Community Safety Partnership and chief executive of Dover District Council said: ‘We are looking forward to another successful community safety day.

‘A great day out for the family, it provides an opportunity to showcase to the community how the partnership works and what we are all doing to make our district an even safer place.’

To register your interest in taking part in the Dover Port Dash email

Each boat will comprise of a six-person team.