Here's our guide on how to watch these spectacular events
Falmouth: The Js will be berthed at Pendennis shipyard just inside Falmouth harbour. The start and finish area is expected to be under Pendennis Point, with superb view points around the many headlands.
Also from Castle Drive near Pendennis Point; Swanpool (good facilities, café), catch King Harry ferry on to the Roseland and take coastal path to St Mawes.
Solent: The boats will be berthed near the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Southampton’s Ocean Village (bar Endeavour which will be on a mooring off Cowes).
The racing will be in the Solent and Christchurch Bay, culminating in a re-enactment of the 75nm America’s Cup race round the Isle of Wight.
Races will be around 20 miles. The Queen’s Cup will be presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Admiral of Royal Southampton Yacht Club.
West Solent: Hurst Castle and Hengistbury Head offer the best vantage points, plus the Needles.
East Solent: Lee on Solent, Gilkicker Point and Ryde Pier
Central Solent: Calshot spit, Cowes waterfront, Lee on Solent and Ryde Pier.
Round the island: Cowes, Ryde Pier, Bembridge, St Catherine’s Point, Alum Bay/The Needles, Hurst Castle, Yarmouth Pier.
Watching from afloat
Spectators are welcome to follow the fleet (provided you can do over 12 knots!), but the J Class Association asks that they stay behind or to one side of the yachts, not forward of the beam.
VHF Channel 69 will be for spectator information where announcements will be made about where the boats will be and what courses they are following.
The popularity of Falmouth with crews and the sheltered waters of Falmouth Bay, which provide a deepwater racetrack for large yachts, make for an appealing combination. For spectators too there are some terrific vantage points, including Pendennis Point and St Anthony Head, turning Falmouth Bay into a natural amphitheatre.
This year the Pendennis Cup has attracted an impressive 14-strong fleet, including the spectacular schooners Athos, Adela, Eleonora and Mariette. Add the 19-metre class Mariquita, the more modern sloop Unfurled, the good-looking 90ft/27m ketch Bequia from the US and the Santa Cruz 70 Breakaway, a potential downwind flyer, and you have an eclectic big boat fleet. Seeing them in full flight in Falmouth Bay is going to be one of the sights of the season, we predict.
Top tip: Head to St Anthony’s head across the water from Pendennis Point to watch the racing.
The lighthouse there
overlooks the spectacular entrance to one of the world’s largest natural
harbours. It marks the southern-most tip of the Roseland
Peninsula in Cornwall and has panoramic coastal views towards Falmouth,
the Lizard and St Mawes.