Falmouth Classics February 2024 Newsletter

From the Chairman

Dyth da pub oll, (Hello everyone),

With the days gradually getting longer, we are all starting to look forward to getting back on the water. In Falmouth the Classics crew are now getting embroiled in the various tasks that need to happen to ensure that this year’s event, in June, has all the bits that make it such an enjoyable feature of our sailing calendar.

The event will be very similar to previous years, however, price rises and the challenge of attracting sponsorship to offset the increases is proving difficult this year, as such there will be one notable change that will affect those who berth with us. Whilst this has been free of charge since 2014, sadly this year we have no option but to require a contribution. We have managed to significantly discount this additional cost, the details of which are in the Notice of Race and the entry form.

Once again, we are partnering up with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival where the traditional maritime spirit will flow right across the town ensuring a good time is had by all.

Our website provides details of the events social programme which includes the Dynamite Valley Brewery reception on the Haven pontoons, the Polgoon Vinyard Welcome reception, the Classics Supper at RCYC and the prizegiving events, you will also be able to order your merchandise to commemorate your participation in the event.

It is the 200th anniversary of the RNLI and the centenary of the Falmouth Sunbeams and we look forward to recognising these two significant milestones.

The Classics Crew are looking forward to seeing friends old and new in June, (it’s only just over 4 months away!!), so don’t delay get your entries in now.

Until then, fair winds and a following sea and Oll an gwella, (all the best), from Falmouth Classics.

Paul Hobson

Entering the 2024 Falmouth Classics

Entries were welcome from the 2nd February when three entries were made by some very eager participants who had been keeping an eye on the website. Not yet entered? Visit the entry form for the main event or the small boat parade. Choose the most appropriate package and your berthing preference and enter today.


We have 76 alongside berths in the Haven and Port Pendennis and ten swinging moorings which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. We would expect all alongside berths to be booked by the beginning of May. This year we need to request a contribution to berthing owing to price increases. If your vessel is over 16m LOA you should enter and then contact Falmouth Haven to request a discounted commercial mooring. Anchoring is of course an option, but you will need to pay mooring dues which will be collected daily by Haven staff during the event. If you have your own mooring/berth then it is just the entry fee to pay.

Social tickets/wristbands – a new introduction

We will be providing the opportunity for supporters, who are not crew, gigs not racing and small boat parade crews to enjoy the two receptions and prizegivings at £5.00 per ticket/wristband. Order your social tickets here. They will also be available from the Regatta Office.


All crew members and social ticket holders should wear their wristbands at all times. Access to receptions and the prize-giving in the National Maritime Museum Cornwall will be checked.


The Association is delighted to welcome on board the following sponsors for the 2024 event:

Partner sponsors:
Classic Boat
Falmouth Harbour Commissioners and Falmouth Haven
Royal Cornwall Yacht Club
West Briton

Major sponsors:
Butler Boatyards, Penpol
Dynamite Valley Brewery
Falmouth Town Council
Keynvor Morlift
Noble Masts
Mylor Yacht Harbour

Event sponsors:
Falmouth Art Gallery
Fal River
Gweek Classic Boatyard
Ben Harris Boats
Hattiers Rum
Heather and Lay
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Polgoon Vinyard
Port Pendennis

Most of the sponsors have been very loyal to Falmouth Classics over the years and this is very much appreciated. However, there are two new ones listed above Hattiers Rum and Polgoon Vinyard. Please do support our sponsors and make your involvement with Falmouth Classics known to them. We are keen to gain further sponsors for the 2024 event. Information about sponsorship can be found here or contact Penny at: paf_silverdesigns@hotmail.co.uk


The following advertisers are also supporting the event by booking space in the programme:

Ancasta International Boat Sales – located in Falmouth Marina
Gaffers and Luggers – boat repairs and maintenance
Greenbank Hotel
Hine Downing – solicitors
Pendennis Shipyard
Simon Winter Marine Insurance
SKB Sails

Again, please support our advertisers and if using their services do mention Falmouth Classics.


Please visit the forms and download page, where you will find the Notice of Race and the Schedule of activities which forms an appendix. The Race Team are already very busy preparing for the three races which this year will have up to 15 classes. We are expecting a fleet of fifteen Salcombe Yawls to enter and hope we will have a class of Sunbeams as they celebrate their centenary in Falmouth. Sue Treneer is busy in anticipation dusting off the Sunbeam trophies!

Falmouth Classics

Teamac will be sponsoring the Saturday race, so there will be £100 vouchers for paint, varnish or antifoul for the winner of each class. Musto and Noble Masts will once again be providing prizes for overall prize winner.

Still got your number boards from 2023 or earlier? Sue Treneer would love to hear from you, email: treneglos@hotmail.com

Falmouth Classics - Parade of Sail and Power
Photo: Morgan Webb

Parade of Sail and Power – Sunday 16th 10.30

This annual spectacle will this year recognise the 200th anniversary of the RNLI. In addition to the two Falmouth lifeboats, we are also expecting up to fifteen vintage lifeboats to join the parade. We also hope to have some Sunbeams in the parade to enable their centenary to be recognised by Falmouth Classics.

Steam and Small Boat Parade
Photo: Nigel Sharp

Small Boat Parade Sunday 16th 13.30 – 14.30

Paul Fowler the Parade director was delighted to receive the first entry form on Friday. He looks forward to many more as well as a fleet of steam boats.

Parade Prizes

This year each category winner in each parade will receive a bottle of the excellent Hattiers Rum.


Dynamite Valley Brewery Reception on the Haven – Thursday 13th at 18.30
A pint, a pasty and a shanty band – the Dynamite Valley Brewery will providing beer and “Rum and Shrub”, a local shanty band, will be providing some songs.

Polgoon Vinyard Reception – in the Falmouth Art Gallery and Falmouth Council Chamber – Friday 14th at 1830
A glass of Cornish wine from down west, nibbles and an exhibition with a marine flavour.

N.B. Wrist straps will need to be worn for both receptions.

The Falmouth Classics Maritime Village on the Quays

We will once again be making use of both Custom House Quay and North Quay. To date we have had an excellent response from last year’s exhibitors and at present there is one remaining space.

You will be able purchase gin from two local producers, buy a boat, tender or outboard engine, items suitable for classic boats, recycled items salvaged from the sea, find out about the RNLIs 200th anniversary and activities taking place on the 15th June in Falmouth, join the Royal Navy and find out about the work of Clean Ocean Sailing. You will also be able to purchase marine related crafts.

We expect there to be some fast food tenants interspersed with our exhibitors.

Want to exhibit? Then either look at the Maritime Village web page or contact Don email: dj.garman@btinternet.com.

Classic Supper Saturday 19,30 at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club

Enjoy a Hog Roast or vegetarian/vegan alternative – book your place here.


The colour this year is sky blue. Order your T-Shirt ( vessels entered by May 13th will be listed on the back). Order on entering or later – just visit our Shop page.

Cornwall Maritime Trust - Barnabas
Photo: David Barnicoat

St Ives lugger goes north

Barnabas, built in 1891 and looked after by the Cornish Maritime Trust, will be making her way from Newlyn to Ullapool in April to collect her new spars. Many will have noticed that she was racing with a reefed main in the 2023 Classics, this was because rot had been found the base of the foremast during Looe Luggers.
Stands of mature Douglas Fir on the shores of Loch Broom are providing the new spars for foremast, mizen and outrigger which are being shaped by Dan Johnston and Tim Loftus. So, in April Barnabas will be sailing a route she sailed in the past when seeking fish off the Scottish coast.

Barnabas will also be joining in Ullapool’s Lugger Fest before returning home to Newlyn in June. Her date of arrival means she will not be sailing in this year’s Falmouth Classics. We will hope to see her competing again in 2025.

The Cornish Maritime Trust is seeking crew for the six week return journey – who will need to be members of CMT – and funds to meet the cost of the new spars.

Visit the website: www.cornishmaritimetrust.org
or contact: membership@cornishmaritimetrust.org

Classic Boat Awards

Four boats that have been shortlisted for the 2024 Classic Boat have some association with Falmouth Classics either as a participant or linked to our sponsors and advertisers. Why not give them your vote?

Best Restored Vessel under 40’

Falmouth Classics - Wave
Photo: Nigel Sharp

Wave – a 30’ gaff cutter probably built on the Fal by PM Coode in 1930. Raced in class 4 in 2023. Renovated by young owner Charlie Couture.
Martlet – a 15’ open boat rebuilt by Classics sponsor Ashley Butler. Designed and built in 1948 by G A Feltham

Powered Vessel over 100’

Marala – partly renovated by advertiser Pendennis Shipyard. Built in 1948 by Camper and Nicholson

Centenarian of the Year

White Cloud – built in 1912 on the lines of a Falmouth Quay Punt. Raced in Falmouth Classics in 2021.

Vote at: awards.classicboat.co.uk

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