Hundreds of boats take to the water in the Falmouth Classics

June 17th, 2015

2015’s edition of the boating event the Falmouth Classics took place over the weekend, with several beautiful boats from across the South West, the Channel Islands and Brittany taking to the water over the three days.

Over 40% more vessels took part in the event than in 2014, making it the most successful Falmouth Classics in many years.

Although the races had to be abandoned on Friday due to foggy weather, the sun was shining on Saturday and Sunday, providing ideal racing conditions for the main races of the event.

Arguably the event’s highlight was the Parade of Sail and Power, which featured over 120 boats which sailed, motored or rowed in procession behind the RNLI lifeboats and beneath the Search and Rescue Helicopter of RNAS Culrose. Beginning from the Eastern Arm of Falmouth Docks, the procession sailed past Pendennis Point, ending at the Eastern side of Carrick Roads. In combination with the Sea Shanty Festival, which also took place over the weekend, Falmouth Classics is set to become one of the most popular events in Falmouth, with chairman Henry Roberts adding: “Falmouth Classics is making its mark as one of the major classic boat rallies”.

If you’d like to visit Falmouth and take in its rich maritime culture, head down to The Valley for unforgettable short breaks in Cornwall!

Image: Tim Green, available under Creative Commons