The Organising Team
Some of the key members of the 2019 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.
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Jan has sailed and raced in the local waters of the Fal for many years. St Mawes One Designs have been her classic dinghy of choice. Today teaching her grandchildren and other youngsters to enjoy sailing is very close to her heart. She is likely to be aboard her family boat “Bullseye” during the event, one of the mark boats for the Parade of Sail and Power.
2018 will be Walter’s eighth 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.
Originally from Exmouth and a long standing member of the Exe sailing club, Kristian studied in Falmouth and was one of the founder members of the Universities sailing club. He moved back to Cornwall in 2016 and started working for Falmouth Haven. He is now a permanent employee of the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners and looks after all conservancy in the Fal area. He owns a beautiful Heard 28 and has previously had a Heard 20, Tamarisk 29 and for some mad reason tried a Westerly Centaur (didn’t get on with the rig). Kristian is always around the harbour and happy to help anyone, he believes the Classics is the greatest festival Falmouth has to offer, especially now it runs alongside the Falmouth International Shanty Festival. He will be pleased to welcome you in the Haven on your arrival.
Patrick is a keen yachtsman and dinghy sailor mainly in racing gained during a successful and enjoyable 36-year Army career. Since leaving the service he has been involved in sailing and powerboat instruction for the Falmouth School of Sailing, RNAS Culdrose and Southwest Powerboating. He has used his safety boat experience to manage regatta safety, especially for major events in Falmouth. Patrick is a regular dinghy racer at Restronguet SC and in the past has sailed a gaffer successfully in the Round the Island Race. His first involvement with Falmouth Classics was in 2013. He is also voluntary member of Falmouth Lifeboat Visits Team.
Organising Committee Member
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.
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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.
Member of Organising Committee
Paul has recently joined the team to help organise the 2018 event He has been messing around in boats in Falmouth for the last half century, having also kept boats on the East Coast and the Solent. He now attempts to sail “Tehidy”, a 40 year old cutter rigged Rossiter Pintail, (his third Rossiter!). Paul is also involved with organising the annual Point and Penpol Regatta.
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!
Small Boat Parade Director
Holly has participated in the Falmouth Classics for the last few years before joining the committee in 2018. Qualified as a marine biologist, she grew up messing about in boats from a very young age but only came into the traditional maritime community of Falmouth relatively recently, assisting in running one of the local boatyards before striking out on her own in Cornwall’s traditional boatbuilding fold. She lives aboard her well-known Cornish lugger Veracity, which she has sailed around Cornwall and the Brittany coast, and of course in the Falmouth Classics – between busy periods of refit!
Member of the Parade Sub Committee
Sue is the voice of the parade, her clear instructions help to ensure this part of the event is a real spectacle. Her excellent organisational skills ensure that those witnessing the parade on Fal River’s “Moyanna” are always well fed and watered. Sue has had a lifelong interest in sailing boats, particularly to do with yacht racing in Cornwall and particularly Falmouth. Over the years her efforts have mostly been directed towards Race Management and through that she has been fortunate enough to meet people from many different countries.
Assistant Race Officer / Parade of Sail and Power Commander
Kaye began her sailing in 1970, first in dinghies and later a Sadler 25 and a Contessa 32 with all women crews both racing and cruising. She has owned a gaffer and sailed with the Solent region of the OGA and has also crewed on a selection of traditional boats. Long distance racing has included the two handed AZAB and Round Britain and Ireland.
Kaye is an RYA Regional Race Officer. As well as assisting with the Falmouth Classics, Kaye is also involved in organizing club racing and acting as a Falmouth Week Race officer. She currently owns a Westerly Longbow, which is used for local sailing when she is not on a race committee boat!
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.
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.
Keith has a long-lasting involvement with classic boats, having previously owned a Maurice Griffiths designed Barbican 33 and since 2005 a 13 ton Hillyard. He was involved with the first of the new era Falmouth Classics as an officer of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and hosted the events when he was commodore between 2013 and 2016. After a two-year holiday he was persuaded to return in 2018 as chairman.
Keith and his wife Lynne now keep their 1974 13 ton Hillyard “Vivona” in Brest and attend many of the Breton classic boat festivals from Binic, around the coast and down to the Golfe of Morbihan. At future Falmouth Classics Keith may be found crewing on his son’s 1964 18 ton Hillyard, if “Vivona” is still in Brittany. They also have a 12 foot clinker lugger, presently under repair.
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.