28-31 August 2014

Falmouth dates for 2014 Tall Ships Regatta announced

Sail Training International, Race organisers, have announced the dates for the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta:

Falmouth   Thursday 28th August – Sunday 31st August
Race    Sunday 31st August – Wednesday 3rd September
Cruise in company  Wednesday 3rd September – Friday 5th September
Royal Greenwich  Friday 5th September – Tuesday 9th September
Up to 30 ships will gather in Falmouth, including a number of the impressive Class A square-rigged vessels, for three days of festivities, before the Race start on Sunday 31st August.

The large square-rigged vessels will be berthed at Queen’s Wharf in Falmouth Docks and will be open to the public from 28th to 30th August. The Ships Crew parade will bring a flurry of colour and activity to the town centre streets, culminating with prize giving, before the ships and their crew prepare for the Race start. 

Ships will pass between the twin Castles of Pendennis and St Mawes in a magnificent parade of sail into Falmouth Bay to the start line, before heading eastwards towards the English Channel, navigating a series of waypoints in the western approaches to take advantage of the forecasted wind to maximise the racing conditions, with the finish line off the Isle of Wight.

The ships will then have the opportunity to stop-over briefly in French or English ports en route to Greenwich. The crews will enjoy a full programme of activities in Greenwich over four days including the prize giving on Sunday 7th September. The finish port, Royal Greenwich, will be hosting the first major Tall Ships event since London hosted the Tall Ships Race in 1989.

Since the Tall Ships first visited Falmouth in 1966, the port has hosted the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008, the Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race in 1998 and The Tall Ships Race n 1982. The economic impact of the 2008 event left a lasting impression on the area, attracting 100,000 visitors and generating over £12 million for the local economy.

The Regatta will see an interesting fleet of training vessels and Tall Ships from around the world competing in competitive racing over three days. It will follow the main Tall Ships Races in 2014 – which visits Harlingen, Netherlands; Fredrikstad, Norway; Bergen, Norway and Esbjerg, Denmark.

Follow the latest information about the event plans in Falmouth on Twitter @tallships_2014 and for details of further events in Cornwall see www.visitcornwall.com

A two-minute film can be seen here: