About The Falmouth Classics 2020
How today’s event developed
“Falmouth Classics,” now in its 33rd year, has been held in the waters around Falmouth each year since 1987, but for several years until 2013 it had become a single race, normally taking place at the beginning of Falmouth Week.
In 2013 it was re-launched in mid-June as a three day “Falmouth Classics Regatta” to coincide with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. The synergy of Classic Boats and Sea Shanties produces an event which provides an ideal opportunity to bring the Town and the Sailing scene closer together.
Falmouth is recognised as having some of the best sailing waters in the world, with many vantage points to view the events, which take place in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. Over the last few years the Town and it’s yacht/sailing clubs have hosted many major events, such as the ”J” Class Regatta, Finn Gold Cup, Pendennis Cup, and the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta, the beginning of the Golden Globe event in 2018 as well as the start and finish of the 2019 AZAB (Azores and Back Race) and many other National and International meetings.
In 2014 Falmouth Classics introduced free berthing for visiting boats during the event on a dedicated section of the Harbour Authority’s Falmouth Haven Pontoons in the centre of Falmouth. This was followed in 2015 with the addition of an informal pre-event get together on the Haven.
The 30th anniversary coincided with the 150th anniversary of the Falmouth Lifeboat. The 2017 event attracted 212 entrants of which 114 entered for racing and the parade included several splendidly turned out vintage lifeboats. New introductions for the 30th year were a Maritime Village on Custom House Quay, a rowing and sculling competition and access for the public on the pontoons.
Three days of enjoyable racing and a spectacular Parade of Classics Boats and the Small Classic Boat Parade (introduced in 2016) attract extensive public viewing and media coverage. The demand from competitors is for a Rally as well as Races, and, from the public and media, for a spectacle that will draw in a wide audience. Falmouth Classics fulfils those aims, and fosters the unique camaraderie that exists among Classic Boat owners.
A new development in 2020 will be a West Country Classics series where race results from Falmouth, Dartmouth and Fowey Classic regattas will be combined to identify overall winners, with a late Summer/Autumn prizegiving.