Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week
9-18 AUG 2013. Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week has grown into the largest sailing regatta in the South West with more than 450 yachts racing over eight days along with a lively programme of shore side events.
The week starts with the Falmouth Classics, which sees 150 classic yachts racing in Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay. This is followed by six days of 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 big yachts with a 25 mile coastal course finishing in the inner harbour, whilst smaller boats race in the Carrick Roads.
On the shore there are activities to keep everyone entertained from a marching carnival and a firework display to themed party nights and samba bands. In Events Square there’s a daytime artists and Cornish crafts market while in the evening you’ll find a great line up of music acts. There are daily live performances on the Prince of Wales pier featuring music, street theatre and dance, you’ll find a local market in the marquee on The Moor and you can take a fascinating guided history walk around Falmouth. Take a trip on the water to watch the evening gig boat racing close at hand or for the more gung-ho show off your athletic side in The Trident Swim Challenge from Gyllyngvase Beach. Activities for the kids include free rock pooling sessions and special events at the National maritime Museum, Gyllyngdune Gardens, and Pendennis Castle.
The best vantage points to view the sailing 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.
See www.falmouthweek.co.uk for full programme and ticketing details.