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Welcome to the 2021 Falmouth Classics website

We are all experiencing unprecedented times where ‘normal’ has been distorted. It is no different for the organizing team here at Falmouth Classics.

Having decided to cancel the 2020 event in February last year, a decision that became fully justified by subsequent events, we were recently faced with the prospect of also cancelling the 2021 event.

Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival reluctantly decided to cancel their 2021 event but to have a virtual festival on the 19th July at 18.00. Apart from the restrictions imposed by the Government arising from Covid19, we were also faced with the announcement from Downing Street that Cornwall would be hosting the G7 conference in St. Ives on the weekend of 11 to 13 June.

On the face of it this may seem to have little impact on Falmouth Classics, however, the international press for the G7 will be based here in Falmouth at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. This not only prevents us from using the museum as in previous years but also raised potential security considerations.

The good news is that at a recent meeting the Cabinet Office and Cornwall Council expressed their preference that Falmouth Classics should go ahead in order to provide a spectacle on the water and help showcase all that is best about Falmouth.

We recently met and decided to try to hold a 2021 event. We haven’t yet had clearance to use ‘By appointment to HM Government’!

Inevitably the 2021 event will be different from recent years. We can only plan on the basis of the current restrictions, but we are assuming a relaxation of the current full lockdown to something more like those in place last summer. So, we may not be able to hold indoor gatherings for the Friday reception, the briefing and the prizegiving. We will, however, try to put alternative arrangements in place so that the experience for crews will be just as enjoyable as in previous years.

We have received confirmation from Falmouth Harbour Commissioners that they will transfer their 2020 title sponsorship to this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary of their foundation in September 1870. Many other sponsors and advertisers have also agreed to transfer their support to 2021. We are extremely grateful to all of them for their continued support.

It is still too early to be certain about what will be practicable but be assured that we will, within the constraints that are in place in June, provide a festival that is Covid secure and enjoyable for all participants and spectators. In the meantime, put the dates in your log book, enter and prepare your boats to look their best.

We will keep you informed of progress via this website, Facebook and Twitter

With all best wishes, keep safe and healthy.

Keith Tullett


Falmouth Classics 2022

The Classics will return 17th – 19th June 2022.

Entry will open in November 2021.

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