Falmouth set to WOW over 100,000 visitors for the Tall Ships Regatta this August
The snap of white sails billowing in the breeze and the ringing chime of the ship’s bell will herald the most highly anticipated maritime event to take place in the UK this year. Visitors will be transported back in time to the Golden Age of Sail as the Cornish port hosts the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.
From 28th to 31st August 2014, the historic town of Falmouth is set to host a nautical epic, welcoming over 47 ships, including 12 of the magnificent and mighty square-rigged Tall Ships, from a myriad of nationalities including Spain, Holland, Portugal and Russia. The event will make maritime history as for the first time ever an internationally renowned Tall Ships Race will be taking place solely in English waters.
Falmouth is flying the flag in celebration with four days of colourful entertainment encompassing a whole programme of shore-side activities. For the first three days, the ships will be open to the public for a unique opportunity to explore on deck and learn about life on board these giants of the sea where fortunes were won and lost. Visitors can expect a swathe of swash-buckling pirates marauding and seasoned sailors dancing the hornpipe in the streets. In addition, Henry VIII’s historic Pendennis Castle will reverberate to the boom of mock-cannon fire in retort to Tall Ship Mercedes, which will be heard throughout the town and harbour.
Throughout the Regatta there will be a wide range of live music, from an acoustic stage for local talent, to live bands and shanty groups, including the much-loved Cornish based Fishermen’s Friends, with authentic sea shanties to rouse the spirits of any salty sea dogs. On Friday over 300 crew members will be transferring their competitive spirit from the sea to Gyllyngvase Beach for an entertaining day of inter-ship sports challenges including the traditional tug of war. In the evening visitors can marvel at the crew decked out in all their finery, marching through the town in the traditional crew parade. On Saturday, the skies above Falmouth will be lit up in a farewell celebration before the vessels slip their moorings on Sunday and head out into Falmouth Bay for a truly spectacular Parade of Sail, with a huge spectator fleet turning out to send them on their way.
Sam Groom, Event Manager, Cornwall Development Company, said: “Falmouth is no stranger to receiving these giants of the sea, having last hosted the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008. Alongside the many thousands of visitors who came out to witness these magnificent vessels setting sail from Falmouth Harbour in 2008, a huge spectator fleet graced Falmouth Bay in a show of true Cornish spirit, as yachts, yawls, luggers, pilot gigs and even dinghies and canoes took to the water to wish the ships a fond farewell on the first leg of the Race. Those who saw this spectacular sight will know just why we’re so excited about welcoming ships and visitors alike for this year’s festival.”
The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta starts on Thursday 28th August with three days of celebrations taking place in host port Falmouth before the Race gets underway from 31st August to 3rd September 2014.
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Image: Tim Turner, Parade of Sail, 2008 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta