Falmouth Classics Regatta
Falmouth Classics Regatta
Falmouth Classics steps up one more gear for 2014. The camaraderie of the best Classic Boat Rallies comes to Falmouth. Building on the success of the expansion to a three day event, Falmouth Classics have now been able to bring the competitors together in one area in close proximity to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.
We welcome all classic sailing boats to the whole regatta, and classic motor launches and any other classics hulls, powered by whatever means they were designed for, to our Classic Parade and to our Shore-side functions.
Thanks to the sponsorship of National Ventilation and Airtech Environmental Systems and the cooperation of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners berthing will be free for visiting competitors. This puts Falmouth in the top league with other major Classic Regattas on both sides of the Channel. It gives an added incentive for boat owners to include Falmouth in their summer programmes.
Free berthing and mooring will be available for visiting yachtsmen. Competitors will be berthed together at the Falmouth Haven Marina near Customs House Quay with larger boats moored close by.
Classic Boat Parade
Beginning at approximately 1000 on the morning of Saturday 14th June the Falmouth Lifeboat will give a rescue demonstration (WITH HELICOPTER IF AVAILABLE) off Pendennis Headland and Castle in the region of Black Rock beacon. At 1030 the firing of a gun from the castle battlements will mark the start of the Parade of Classic Sailing, Power and Rowing Gigs. Boats will pass a review launch below Pendennis point and present salutations to dignitaries aboard.. Assistance to identify the boats taking part will be given by experienced yachtsmen to those watching at the various viewpoints. Shanty men will serenade in the Castle grounds and other viewpoints during the morning.
Parading boats crews are encouraged to dress in appropriate costume to present salutations to the reviewing dignitaries who will select the best presented boats and crews for prizes to be presented later in the day. The Docks Fireboats, if available, will create a giant backdrop fountain to the Parade.
This event like all sailing is weather dependent. The types of boat parading and the chosen routes exact location may change to suit the conditions on the day. It is hoped that a large Schooner and a Square Rigged tall ship will lead the Parade followed by several large Pilot Cutters, then Gaff rigged and Bermudan yachts large and small following. Last will come Motor yachts and Gigs. If the weather is exactly right the Maritime Museum built replica of a 4000-year-old Log boat found in the mud of the river Humber would be the last boat to pass the review launch.
Many yachts will join in with the racing taking place in the Bay and Carrick Road during the afternoon.
Saturday 14th - Classic Parade of Sail & Power 1030 – 1230