Falmouth Regatta Week 2012
...one of the biggest events in Cornwall
Falmouth Week has been held in the waters around Falmouth in August every year since the turn of the 20th century, and is the second largest annual regatta in the UK.
High summer in Cornwall generally means the sailing season is in full flow.
Attracting over 100,000 visitors over the course of the week, Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week – to give it its full title - has developed into one of the largest sailing regattas' in the south west.
The regatta - taking place in 2012 between Saturday 11th and Sunday 19th August - seeks to provide top level competitive racing in a fun environment, making use of variety of courses during the week, followed by entertainment, prize-giving and much more, each at a different host club every day.
Many of the competitors are said to combine the racing with their annual family holiday, and it’s easy to see why.
With more than 450 yachts racing over eight days plus a busy programme of related events by the shore, the Cornwall event is a huge hit with sailing fanatics, families and sailing novices alike.
The week gets underway with the Falmouth Classics, which brings over 150 classic yachts to race in Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay.
The following six days sees match racing for keelboats, traditional craft and dinghies in the waters off Falmouth Bay, the Carrick Roads and the harbour.
Wednesday is Champagne Day, a race for the large yachts with a 25 mile coastal course finishing in the inner harbour, while the Red Arrows will perform a jaw-dropping aerial routine in the evening.
Amongst the best vantage points are Pendennis and St Mawes Castles, St Anthony Head, Castle Drive and Pendennis Point, Trefusis Point and Flushing. To view the dinghy racing, walk along from Mylor Yacht Harbour towards Restronguet Sailing Club.
Running alongside the sailing regattas is an exciting programme of shoreside entertainment, which culiminates in a spectacular firework display over the harbour to round off the week.
Kids are well catered for, with activities on The Moor, Event Square, the Maritime Museum and Pendennis Castle. Other daytime activities include an Artists & Cornish Crafts market on Event Square Events Square and a market on The Moor.
Evening entertainment comes in the shape of a 1970s night and Caribbean cocktail night on Events Square, with free entertainment on The Moor and the Princess Pavilion.
Falmouth is a seaside town and port with an increasingly vibrant tourism industry. The Regatta Week sees visitors numbers to the resort swell, and the town buzzes that bit more than it normally does.
For more information please visit www.falmouthweek.co.uk.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015