The three day event will see classic yachts of all varieties race on the Fal Estuary this summer
Falmouth is gearing up for the return of the Classics Regatta this summer, which will coincide with the ever-popular Sea Shanty Festival. Racing will take place between Friday 12th and Sunday 14th June 2015, and with such a mixed fleet descending onto the Carrick roads, is expected to be an exciting and competitive event.
Classic yachts from across the UK and the Mediterranean are expected to participate, with 100 year-old boats sailing alongside modern replicas. Last year saw an eclectic race fleet of Pilot Cutters, Luggers, Falmouth Working Boats, Bermudan’s and One Designs.
The highlight of the regatta will be the Parade of Sail, taking place on the Saturday. An array of classic designs will sail out of the inner harbour, creating a maganificent and unusual sight. The parade can be seen to best advantage from Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle, Trefusis Point, and St Mawes.
Last year, vessels from as far as France entered the event as the regatta introdued free berthing for visiting boats. This year, competitors can expect further developments with a dedicated mooring area for competitors. Thanks to the sponsorship of the NVA Group and the help of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, the event will again offer free berthing at the outer sections of Falmouth Haven.
Henry Roberts, chairman of the Falmouth Classics Association, said: “We expect the weekend to bring three enjoyable days of classic boat racing and rallying around the Fal Estuary.
“Falmouth provides many vantage points for spectators, offering spectacular views of the Regatta and Parade of Sail which takes place in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay.”
Free berthing will be offered to vessels up to 50ft LOD and free moorings for larger vessels. The berths are limited, so availability will be based on a “first come – first served” basis. Preferably, berths are to be booked when registering for an event online. Competitors that are trailering down to Falmouth can enjoy the facilities of Falmouth Boatyard for launching and recovery.
Falmouth Classics 2015
For more information and bookings of both onshore and sailing events visit http://falmouthclassics.org.uk/
Photos: All courtesy Serena Stewart