28-31 August 2014

Download the  Regatta event map in PDF format.

The large Tall Ships will be berthed at County Wharf and Duchy Wharf in Falmouth Docks and will be open to the public from 28th to 30th August for FREE. Smaller vessels will be berthed at Port Pendennis Marina, next to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and at Falmouth Haven, off Custom House Quay (vessels at these locations will not open to the public).

There will be a full programme of activities and entertainment throughout the town including live music, children’s activities, exhibitions and displays, a crew parade and a grand fireworks display.

On 31st August the parade of sail will start at midday with the race start planned for approximately 3pm. Ships will not be open to the public on this day. Falmouth Harbour is a natural amphitheatre with fantastic viewing points from St Anthony on the Roseland to Rosemullion Head near Helford.

Make sure you pick up an official Tall Ships programme and CD when in Falmouth! The list of official outlets can be viewed here:

For information about Cornwall and Falmouth and to find accommodation for the event:

Fal River Visitor Information Centre
0905 325 4534 (calls cost 31p per minute plus network charges)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the event all about?

46 Tall Ships from around the world will arrive in Falmouth for three days of festivities from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th August before the race start on the 31st. On Sunday 31st August, the Tall Ships will pass between Pendennis and St Mawes castles in a magnificent Parade of Sail to the start line off FalmouthBay.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will be various activities that the public can attend in the town including:

  • Onboard visits & day sails
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Exhibitions & displays
  • Children’s activities
  • Crew parade through town centre (Friday 29th August)
  • Firework display (Saturday 30th August 9.30pm)


Can I go on board the ships?

The large square-rigged vessels will be berthed at County Wharf and Duchy Wharf in Falmouth Docks and are open to the public for the three days preceding the race start, as follows:

  • Thursday 28th August 12.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Friday 29th August 10.00am – 8.00pm
  • Saturday 30th August 10.00am – 8.00pm

Do I have to buy tickets to go on board?

No – The large square-rigged vessels will be berthed at County Wharf and Duchy Wharf in Falmouth Docks and are open to the public for the three days preceding the race start.  Access is either through the main Docks Gate on Bar Road or by ferry from Prince of Wales Pier (ferry charges will apply).

The smaller ships will be located at Port Pendennis Marina (no public access) with viewing points from the Maritime Museum walkway or Events Square.

Can I sail on a Tall Ship?

Tall Ship Mercedes is offering Day Sailing opportunities on the Thursday and Friday – please contact Falmouth Tall Ships Association on  hello@tallshipsfalmouth.co.uk or call 01872 275742.


Are the ships accessible for wheelchair bound or limited mobility passengers?

The large square-rigged vessels will be berthed at County Wharf and Duchy Wharf in Falmouth Docks which is accessible and free to everyone.  Access on board the ships for a wheelchair user may not be practicable due to the width and angle of the gangplanks as the tide changes.

More information for visitors with a disability: Tall Ships Accessibility FAQs

Can the event ferry from Prince of Wales Pier take wheelchair  users?

Please note that access to board the ferry will be via steps, with a handrail, therefore threre is no access for wheelchair users.

If you have partial or limited mobility please call Fal River Cornwall beforehand to discuss your requirements further with a member of the team.

More information for disabled visitors: Tall Ships Accessibility FAQs

Can I bring a pram / buggy into the Docks?

You can bring prams and buggies into The Docks, but they will not be allowed on ships.

Can I bring my dog into the Docks?

Dogs are not permitted in Falmouth Docks, (except guide or assistance dogs).

Please do not board the Regatta Ferry with your dog, as you will not be able to disembark at the Docks.

Dogs are welcomed at all other outside entertainment venues.

Is smoking permitted in the Docks?

There will be no smoking permitted in Falmouth Docks.  All other outside entertainment venues will cater for smokers.

Where can I find you in Falmouth?

County Wharf and Duchy Wharf, Falmouth Docks, where the large ships will be berthed http://goo.gl/maps/zr1XG

Events Square Regatta Entertainment Centre  http://goo.gl/maps/cO0R6

Church Street Car Park Regatta Entertainment Centre  http://goo.gl/maps/vCnYF

The Moor http://goo.gl/maps/9swHD

Prince of Wales Pier http://goo.gl/maps/KAXHB

Custom House Quay http://goo.gl/maps/U4XDO

Falmouth poised to welcome thousands of visitors

Where can you park nearby in Falmouth?

Please check our travel information page for parking and other travel information.

Where’s the best place to watch the Parade of Sail etc.

The Parade of Sail will take place on Sunday 31st August 2014.

The Parade of Sail vantage points are Rosemullion Head, Maenporth Beach, Swanpool Beach, Gyllyngvase Beach, Pendennis Headland, Castle Point, St Mawes and St Anthony Head.  There will be temporary car parks, details to be confirmed.

The Ships will start to undock from 9.00am and the Parade of Sail is expected to start from 11.00am.  The race start is approximately 3.00pm; exact timings will be confirmed.

Where’s the best place to see the ships up close?

The large square-rigged vessels will be berthed at County Wharf and Duchy Wharf in Falmouth Docks and are open to the public(subject to the Captains discretion) for the three days preceding the race start, as follows:

  • Thursday 28th August 12.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Friday 29th August 10.00am – 8.00pm
  • Saturday 30th August 10.00am – 8.00pm

Sunday is the Parade of Sail and Race Start. The Docks are closed to the public on Sunday 31st August.

Smaller vessels will be berthed at Pendennis Marina and Falmouth Haven, however please note there is no public access to these ships.

The entrance to the Docks is a 5 minute walk from Grove Place/Maritime Museum car parks.

A map is downloadable from the website (at the top of this page) to show the proximity of the ships to the town and Regatta activity sites and Entertainment Centres.


Will there be catering on site?

There will be hot and cold food stalls in The Docks, at Regatta Entertainment Centres at Events Square and Church Street, in addition to the usual food and drink outlets throughout Falmouth.

Where are the nearest toilets?

Within the town, the existing public toilet facilities will be available at Prince of Wales Pier and Grove Place Car Park.  Additional toilets will be available in Church St Car Park (http://goo.gl/maps/vCnYF) and Falmouth Docks (http://goo.gl/maps/zr1XG)

During the Parade of Sail, the existing public toilet facilities will be available at Gyllyngvase Beach, Swanpool and Maenporth.  Additional toilets will be available at Pendennis Point and temporary car parks on race day.

Accessibility FAQ

For full accessibility information click on  Tall Ships Accessibility FAQs to download a PDF file.

Will I be able to view the Finish at the Isle of Wight?

The race starts off Falmouth on Sunday 31 August at 1600hrs and the race finishes when ships cross a line from St Catherine’s Point for 5 miles due south (St Catherine’s Point is the southerly most point of the Isle of Wight).

There are three problems to trying to watch the finish:

  1. Ships will endeavour to cross the finish line as soon as possible. That means that some and probably up to half the fleet, will cross at night and so would not be visible from shore apart from their lights.
  2. Ships can cross the line at any point so some of them will quite probably be at least 3 or 4 miles off St Catherine’s Point. Although some of the ships will look big when close up, when they are 3 or 4 miles away they will not be such an impressive sight.
  3. Ships will in all likelihood be well spread out by the time they cross the finish line.

The total fleet is 46 vessels. Some of them are large. The largest is the Polish ship, Dar Mlodziezy at 108 metres. Half a dozen others are in the 60 – 80 metre length range. The rest vary from 50 metres or less down to the smallest class in which we have several of less than 20 metres length.

The race will not be a huge spectacle for any observer on the Isle of Wight or any other piece of coast along the way.

The time when ships will reach the Isle of Wight is very dependant on the weather of course. With reasonable westerly winds some of the bigger vessels might cross the finish line on Monday afternoon or evening. If there are easterly winds however, it could be very different.

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