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Falmouth Tall Ships & Cornish Sailing Events

Cornwall for Sailing Events

Classic Sailing might be a bit biased, but we think Cornwall hosts some of the best maritime events for traditional boats, classic yachts and tall ships in Britain. When it comes to creating a spectacle of tan and cream sails, wooden craftmanship and duelling bowsprits, then Cornwall is the place to be.


Falmouth Oyster Gathering

At the end of the winter Oyster fishing season, this gathering of local producers and oyster boats comes together to celebrate Falmouth's sustainable oyster fishery. One of the last commercial fleets in the world to dredge under sail and oar, but by no means behind the times - with top chefs offering cookery demonstations and tastings.

Dates: Late March 2016 - Dates TBC

Organisers:Fal Oyster


World Pilot Gig Championships in the Scillies 

6 oared gig boats from almost every Cornish and Devon Port plus new gigs from around the world converge in the Isles of Scilly for rowing races that often start with a 100 boat line up. This is an annual event and Classic Sailing usually has ships offering a sailing holiday to Scilly for the event.

Dates: Fri 29th April - Mon 2nd May 2016


Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review

(also known as Pilot Cutter World Championships)

Our own annual event with about 12-15 pilot cutters attending for 3 days racing and social events. A party in Fowey, Sail in Company to St Mawes and Sat and Sunday racing from St Mawes Bay. You can join as participating race crew on Agnes and Eve of St Mawes.

Dates: Thurs 26th May - Sun 29th May 2016

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Falmouth Classics

Three days of classic boat racing featuring everything from local Falmouth working boats to visiting classic yachts. This annual event was given a big new boost by moving from Falmouth Week in August to a June slot. Ashore is the Falmouth International Shanty Festival so there is plenty of live music around the ports.

Dates: Fri 17th June - Sun 19th June

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International Shanty Festival

A festival of sea shanties, songs of the sea and Cornish songs in a variety of venues large and small. A perfect dual event with all the traditional boats attending Falmouth Classics Regatta, providing plenty to watch or why not participate in as crew.

Dates Fri 17th June - Sun 19th June

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Pendennis Cup

Biannual event for classic and modern superyachts, organised by Pendennis Superyachts. These yachts are big and racing around the cans quite close to shore in Falmouth Bay and between Pedennis and St Mawes Castle.

Eve of St Mawes Photography Workshops are 3 day voyages to improve your images during Pendennis Cup ...or just come sailing and enjoy the spectacle

Book a 3 day voyage at 2016 event 27-30th June 2016

Book a 3 day Voyage on Eve during Pendennis Cup-last 2 races 

Dates: Tues 27th June - Sat 2nd July 2016

See our crew photos of the Pendennis Cup 2016



Mousehole Sea Salts and Sail Festival 

To preserve the identity of the village as a working fishing village and celebrate its maritime past, the local community set up the first Sea Salts and Sail festival in 1996, and have repeated it every two years since. The harbour is the main focus, with visits from traditional craft, a full programme of rowing and sailing races. 

Dates 8th - 10th July 2016

Eve of St Mawes Festival Voyage


St Ives Boats in the Bay

St Ives Jumbo and scully racing - held every year. Join St Ives Jumbo Association, learn to scull or race jumbos. A St Ives Jumbo is a working fishing boat with a lug rig. Support the association's campaign against EU legislation that threatens to ban commercial fishing under sail.

Organisers: St Ives Jumbo Association


Falmouth Oyster Festival

Held every year to celebrate the start of the Oyster dredging season. Falmouth is a sustainable fishery where the Oysters can only by fished under sail or oar. Enjoy the full range of Cornish Seafood ashore....or come on a 3 day break on pilot cutter Agnes and sail and eat. The Oyster boats out dredging make wonderful photography subjects, so we are running a sailing and photography workshop on Eve of St Mawes during the festival.

Festival Dates Thurs 6th - Sun 9th Oct 2016

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Voyage on Eve - sail amongst the Oyster Boats 


Why Cornwall for Sailing Events ?

The Cornish South Coast has sheltered bays, deep water harbours and very little commercial ferry or cargo traffic. Many historic harbours are big enough to hold racing within the harbour and make natural amphitheatres for shoreside spectatators to watch the action out of the water. Falmouth Bay and Carrick Roads, Fowey, St Mawes Bay, Mounts Bay can all host sailing events. There is a tradition of racing working boats like Falmouth oyster boats, gig boats, pilot cutters and luggers and the local skills to put on a show of canvas and sail right into harbour.  The coastal landscapes and historic ports are timeless and unspoilt by modern development so they make authentic backdrops to celebrate maritime traditions.

Falmouth for Tall Ships & Classic Yachts

There are at least three organisations encouraging tall ships to come to Falmouth regularly. Classic Sailing is based in Portscatho and works with a fleet of over 20 classic boats and tall ships,so we like to organise events and pursuade our sailing partners to visit with their ships. Falmouth Tall Ships is an organiation of tall ship fans that works hard to invite square riggers from around the world to come to Falmouth. Cornwall County Council and Sail Training International bid to host tall ship races in ports like Falmouth.  Pendennis Super Yachts is another key player, attracting super yachts to use their world renowned shipyard and take part in Cornish Events like Pendennis Cup. Square Sail at Charlestown uses her tall ships and the timeless Cornish Scenery to attract film and tv crews for series like Poldark, The Musketeers, Hornblower.


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