The attractions of experienced shore support from the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, deep open waters close to shore and easily accessed headland viewing points for the public was influencial in attracting this small fleet of some of the worlds most magnificent yachts to Falmouth.
Four yachts all 140 feet in length, weighing over 200 tons each with over 10,000 feet of sail and manned by a crew of thirty will contest races on five consecutive days, lasting three to four hours, starting at 11am on Tuesday 26 June.
For those not able to get afloat, one of the best places where you can be guaranteed to have good views of the yachts will be at Pendennis Point overlooking the entrance of the Fal estuary and providing sweeping views over Falmouth Bay.
Subject to weather, it is expected that the races will take in most of Falmouth Bay extending from St Anthony’s Head on the eastern side of the estuary mouth to as far south west as Porthoustock on the Lizard Peninsular.
Other headland areas overlooking Falmouth Bay that should also provide good views over this course include St Anthony’s Head, Swanpool beach, Rosemullion Head, Mawnan, Gillan and Porthoustock. Many of these vantage points are not as easily accessible as Pendennis Point but consequently they will be less crowded.
The start and finish line for all races is expected to be under Pendennis Point with the prize giving at 7pm on 30 June at Pendennis Castle.