The busy 2012 Falmouth sailing calendar is confirmation that this sheltered harbour, steeped in maritime history, is continuing to enhance its reputation as the south west’s sailing mecca and one of the best worldwide.
The harbour’s protected deep water moorings and comprehensive onshore support facilities provide an attractive base from which to set sail into the deep and extensive waters of the Fal estuary system and out into the open waters of Falmouth Bay.
The quality of 2012 sailing events and extraordinary variety of sailing vessels to be seen this year will mean there will be exciting sailing contests taking place throughout the summer. Visitors to the town will be able to see the tiny 14 foot long Finns including Olympic gold medalist Ben Ainsley compete in the World Finn event, the awesome 140 foot J class yachts, a diverse range of eye catching yachts contesting the Pendennis Cup and, during Falmouth Week, flotillas of different classed craft made up of both visiting vessels and those from strongly supported local yacht clubs, including the ever popular traditional working boats.
The following are the dates of the main sailing, regatta and racing events of the 2012 Falmouth sailing calendar with yachts often arriving for trials well before the official race dates and staying long after the events official finishing date.
One of the many attractions of Falmouth is that the waters appeal to both sailors and visitors. There are vessels for hire should you wish to get afloat and close up to the action but there are also some excellent vantage points, such as Pendennis Point, from where you can sit comfortably in your car, ice cream in hand, watching the sailors battling it out.
A lot of the local club racing takes place within the sheltered waters of the estuary and there are many places at St Mawes, Flushing and on the Falmouth side where very exciting sailing can be watched from the shoreline.
Many visiting yachts can also be admired whilst on their moorings in the inner harbour close to Events Square and the National Maritime Museum. A pay and display car park is close by.
Although, the highlighted sailing races are just the main events of the year, visitors to Falmouth can expect to see local yacht club races and pleasure sailing at anytime between April and the end of October. There’s also a chance that visitors will catch the evocative sight of one of the visiting or resident Tall Ship training vessels sailing up the estuary providing a flash back to the ports rich maritime history.
The ever popular Azores, which is run every four years, will return in 2015 but before then in 2014 there are plans for Falmouth to once more host the Tall Ships regatta, one of the finest sailing spectacles ever to be witnessed in the world.