Falmouth Classics Regatta
The camaraderie of the best Classic Boat Rallies comes to Falmouth. The three day event will be supported by Falmouth Harbour Commissioner’s who are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Falmouth becoming a Trust Port formed by an act of Parliament this year.
Despite the current challenges, the 34thFalmouth Classics has received over 100 entries with some local boats still to be added. Seventy Visiting vessels will arrive to berth alongside or moor on buoys and anchor on Thursday 10th June. The most distant ones are coming from as far afield as Bristol and the Thames. Two distinctive vessels will be on the moorings, the Danish built topsail schooner “Anny of Charlestown" (1930) and the last West Country trading Ketch “Irene” (1907). Together with other heritage craft they will create a scene reminiscent of Falmouth’s maritime past. On Friday there will racing in the Carrick Roads and the Bay and again on Saturday when it is anticipated there will also be a good showing of Falmouth Working Boats with their distinctive topsails.
Falmouth Classics, which has had more than 190 participating vessels since 2017, is one of the largest heritage and classic boating events in the UK. Classic boats, designed or built before 1971, from many parts of the country, take part in this Classics event, with boats built as long ago as 1882 and lovingly restored taking their place alongside many more launched before the Second World War and other more modern versions of the classic designs.
The highlight of the regatta is the Parade of Sail and Power. The boats will Parade out of the inner harbour and into Carrick Roads on Sunday 13th June, at 10.30am, making a magnificent spectacle of Pilot Cutters, Working Boats and other traditional craft under full sail.
The parade will be led by two Royal Navy Archer Class patrol boats HMS Exploit and HMS Ranger, following these vessels will be the 1930 Danish topsail schooner “Anny of Charlestown”. Next will be the flotilla to mark the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners 150th anniversary. Leading the group will be one of the current pilot boats and other FHC craft. They will be followed by three sailing pilot cutters: “Marguerite” (1883) originally a Cardiff pilot cutter, “Mascotte” (1907) a Newport pilot cutter and “Agnes” (1993) a reproduction of a Scillonian pilot cutter built by Classic Boater of 2021, Luke Powell. These three will reflect the fleet of sailing pilot cutters that would have worked out of Falmouth meeting vessels off the Lizard and further west that wished to enter the port. Gigs, powered by oars, also carried pilots out to ships, a local gig will join the group. Falmouth Quay Punts served vessels in the port to ferry goods and crew to and fro. There rig was designed to sit under the yards of square riggers. “Curlew”, built in 1912, is a fine example and will be part of the flotilla. Falmouth Working boats would have been very much part of the harbour scene dredging for oysters in winter and racing in the summer, “George Glasson” will represent the Falmouth Working Boats, built in Porthleven in 1893 she came to Flushing in 1912. The oldest boat in the group, celebrating 140 years, is the St Ives Mackerel Driver, “Barnabas”. She is a good illustration of the many fishing luggers that would have been based in the port. Following the flotilla and leading the main parade will be the two Falmouth RNLI lifeboats followed by well over 70 vessels. It is expected that some crews will be dressed in the attire of the 1870s to 1900.
The parade can be seen to best advantage from Pendennis Point, Pendennis Castle, Castle Drive and Trefusis Point. The Mayor of Falmouth, will take the salute from a Fal River Launch moored off the castle.
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