28-31 August 2014

Falmouth Businesses pull out all the stops to support Regatta

The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta is supported by organisations across Falmouth, through provision of a wide range of services and facilities – all essential to the success of the event, which takes place from 28th to 31st August this year.

“We have been given this wonderful opportunity to use Falmouth Harbour for what it is famous for – which is hosting Tall Ships. We are again starting the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta in our beautiful port. We welcome partners, sponsors and supporters on board, giving businesses an opportunity to work together to promote Falmouth as one of the finest international sailing ports” enthuses John Hick, Chairman of the Falmouth Regatta Steering Group.

Port Pendennis Marina, an Official Partner for the Regatta, are providing berthing facilities for the modern rigged ships and vessels under 40 metres. The Marina will not be open to the public, but vessels can be clearly viewed from the Maritime Museum walkway or from Events Square.

The Marina was extended in 1998 to provide dockage for larger yachts and proved invaluable as a host for vessels during the 1998 and 2008 Tall Ships events. Since then the Marina has become a favourite port of call for superyachts as well as the many cruising yachts visiting the west country.

Marine and Towage Services are supporting the event by providing berthing space for the Tall Ships Mercedes, with access to the public for day sails on Duchy Wharf, in the Docks. MTS is an independently owned company providing a wide range of marine services from towage, salvage and civil engineering support to ships agency and pilotage. The company is also supplying a press boat with skipper for Race Day to take out media to cover the parade of sail as the ships as they make their way to the race start.

Event Partner, Falmouth Festivals, will be putting together an exciting programme of activities to appeal to all ages at the Regatta Entertainment Centres at Events Square, Church Street car park and within the Docks. Full details of all entertainment will be posted on the Regatta website.

Falmouth Festivals co-ordinates the annual programme of activities on Events Square in Falmouth, the purpose built festival space, next to the Maritime Museum, which has hosted hundreds of events over the past nine years – from major media events such as Ellen McArthur’s triumphant homecoming and BBC Antique Roadshow, to the annual Oyster, Shanty, Falmouth Week and Fish Festivals, to community events and celebrations.

Mike Rangecroft, Director, comments; “Falmouth Festivals are proud to be supporting this year’s Tall Ships Regatta by providing refreshments, entertainment, market stalls and all the fun of the fair on Events Square, Queen’s Wharf in Falmouth Docks and Church Street Car Park. This gives us the opportunity to demonstrate Falmouth can once again host the best of family entertainment for both locals and visitors.”

Office accommodation for event organisers and volunteers in the Docks will be supplied by Midas, as well as the hundreds of metres of fencing to safely guide visitors through the Docks to visit the magnificent Tall Ships berthed on Queen’s Wharf.

Mike O’Neill, Cornwall and Devon Divisional Director for Midas said: “As a local contractor based in Cornwall, we are delighted to sponsor the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta. The Regatta promises to be a fantastic occasion and we look forward to seeing friends and associates during the four day event.”

The Midas Group is one of the UK’s largest independent construction and property services providers. Based in Indian Queens, Midas is one of the region’s main employers, and has recently completed an £11m contract for the Falmouth-based superyacht builder Pendennis as part of a redevelop of its shipyard.

Event Supporter, Pendennis Shipyard will ensure that volunteers and Falmouth Regatta organisers are smart and immediately identifiable, by providing uniform t-shirts for the Regatta. The Ships Liaison volunteers are the glue of the Regatta, providing the vital link between the ships and services and activities in Falmouth, whilst the stewards and volunteers help visitors get the very best experience of the event.

As one of the world’s leading superyacht builders and re-fitters, Pendennis Shipyard has a heritage spanning over 25 years including 30 custom build yachts and 200 refit projects in the 30-100m market. Building on hundreds of years of local maritime heritage, Pendennis Shipyard has become one of Cornwall’s most important employers – with over 350 highly skilled trades people.

The support of local sailing activity is integral to the success of Pendennis Shipyard, actively promoting the sport and encouraging the next generation of passionate sailors.

Pendennis Shipyard Sales and Marketing Director Toby Allies commented; “We are always very proud to support Cornish sailing and are pleased to be providing the event clothing for this year’s iconic Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta. 2014 will be another record year for large yacht racing in Falmouth, with Pendennis hosting the fourth biennial Pendennis Cup Regatta from the 26th-31st May which should attract 10-15 superyachts to race in Cornish waters.”

For more information on organisations included in this release see:
Port Pendennis Marina www.portpendennis.com
Marine Towage Services www.mtsgroupltd.com
Falmouth Festivals Ltd www.falmouthfestivals.co.uk
Midas www.midasgroup.co.uk
Pendennis Shipyard www.pendennis.com
Day Sails on Tall Ship Mercedes, Falmouth Tall Ships Association www.tallshipsfalmouth.co.uk

For the latest information about the Regatta and how to sign up to take part in Falmouth see www.falmouthtallships.co.uk, join us on Facebook ‘Tall Ships Falmouth 2014’ or follow us on Twitter  @tallships_2014 #tallships

Image; Pendennis Shipyard, Nick Bailey