The Organising Team
Some of the key members of the 2017 organising team that participants are likely to meet during an event. To ensure the event is a success there are of course many others including assistant race officers, and rescue boat crews who give their time willingly.
2017 will be Walter’s seventh time, over a fifteen year period, as Race Officer for the Falmouth Classics. He is an RYA Regional Race Officer and has been a Race Officer for Falmouth Week for fifteen consecutive years, with the last ten or more years as Principal Race Officer for the Carrick Fleet.
In addition, he has written the courses for the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club’s evening races and has run many of them. From 1980 to 1999 he raced a GK24 locally and then, a J24. With some regret he has now retired from active racing.
John joined the Falmouth Classics organising committee in 2013 when it became a three day event coinciding with the International Sea Shanty Festival in June, similar to the many wonderful Bretagne sea and music festivals he and his family have attended.
John has always had a keen interest in wooden and classic boats and has taken part in the event for many years, originally in the Falmouth working boat “The Ivy” and in more recent years “Donna Capel”, a former fishing trawler that he restored.
Safety and Skipper of the 2017 Committee Boat
Prior to living in Falmouth, Peter owned “Kirsty” a 38’ gaff rigged Loch Fyne Ketch for 21 years in which he completed the Atlantic circuit. Moving to Falmouth in 1981 he then cruised to Norway, Ireland and Spain. He later built “Tyrian”, a 45’ Alan Pape designed steel ketch which was launched in 1998, she will be the 2017 Classic’s Committee boat. He also owns “Eela” a 1912 lug rigged Orkney skiff. Peter raced Dragons for almost 20 years and entered “Tyrian” for the 2007 AZAB.
Small Boat Parade Director & Berthing Master
John had never been in a sailing boat until he was 35, and he has hardly been out of one since, much to the annoyance of his wife! He has owned a number of boats from a Wayfarer dinghy to a 27’ cruiser and has sailed with others mostly from Southampton to the Scilly Isles and to the North West coast of Brittany. For the past 9 years he has crewed during Blind Week, either in Southampton or Falmouth. He just loves boats and the sea.
Vice Chairman, Media, PR and Sponsorship, Berthing Master and South West Gaffers’ Representative
Don has been involved with the Classics both as a participant and as a member of the organising team from 2014 and has recently increased his involvement. He and his wife sail “Mary Ritchie” a 27’ carvel gaff cutter, moored on the Helford and built by John Fuge of Golant in 1992. They have owned her for 25 years and have regularly raced in club and Old Gaffers Association events and cruised on the East Coast and to the Netherlands.
Born and bred in Northern Sweden by a lake, Lars always liked messing about in boats but no serious yachting. In the 1960s he sailed a few seasons off Stockholm. There was then a long gap from until the 1990s when he met Oliver Cramp and started crewing for him on the Swedish Square 30, “Seth Gwyn”. This experience brought Lars to the Falmouth Classics and in 2014 he was hijacked and found himself on the organising committee!
Consultant and Past Chairman
Henry’s boating background includes 32 years service with the Royal Naval Reserve as well as serving as a flag officer of Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and holding an RYA Regional Race Officer qualification. He is proud to have chaired the team that, over the last three years, has moved a single day sailing event with mostly local entrants, into a top class rally and regatta, covering three days and holding its own with the best of the French classic rallies.
With the support of the team he is committed to improving the event as a whole, whilst doing his utmost to keep costs to participants to a minimum by providing sponsors with the maximum benefit for their companies. Having retired as Chairman, he is taking a back seat, and is delighted to support John Davison and Don Garman in their efforts to take the event to the next level.
An active sailor and club racer since he was 8 years old. Now in his early 60s David is very keen to ensure that those who enjoy the sport, particularly when racing, should be able to do so safely. For the Falmouth Classics, David undertakes his on the water safety role with the assistance of a team of like minded RIB based enthusiasts who, between them, ensure the event runs safely and no one is lost overboard and if injured gets to hospital safely.
Sue started sailing in Falmouth at the age of 8, and has continued racing and cruising in Cadets, Sunbeams, and a variety of yachts ever since, both locally and long distance, including the Fastnet.
Many years as Sailing Secretary of Mylor Yacht Club, working within Port of Falmouth Sailing Association, and over 30 years racing in a working boat, led to her involvement with the first Classics in 1987. She has enjoyed participating in running the event and is very pleased to still be involved.
An interest in promoting sailing events in Falmouth resulted in involvement with the Falmouth classics. When the opportunity arises he has been able crew on a participating yacht. Chris is a member of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Restronguet Sailing Club and a member of Cornwall Maritime Trust. He often holidays in Brittany and enjoys visiting the classic events.