No longer will the event 'hide its light under a bushel'

The Falmouth Classics regatta is to set to triple in size and boast three days of

dedicated classic boat racing instead of just one.

This summer’s traditional racing event will also have a new link to the Falmouth International Sea

Shanty Festival with entertainment on and off the water.

For more than 20 years, Falmouth Classics

has been a single race taking place on the first day of the more general

Falmouth Week regatta in August.

While it regularly attracted up to 150 boats

from the local area, Falmouth Classics was considered to have never reached its

potential in attracting boats from farther afield.

Now a group of volunteer sailing

enthusiasts has banded together to take the festival to another level by

scaling it up by 300% and running it in conjunction with the Falmouth

International Sea Shanty Festival which has been steadily growing in

popularity.

The new-look Falmouth Classics will take place from 14 to 16 June 2013 with crews being welcomed into the port on the Thursday

evening for racing on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Alongside the racing will be the sounds of

salty song in the form of maritime music and shanties from various groups

performing in venues around the port, on and off the water.

The group of volunteer organisers, under

the banner of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club’s events company, with assistance

from various other agencies and sponsors, includes some of the port’s most

highly qualified and experienced race, safety and shore-side officers.

Falmouth Classics will be open to a wide

range of classic boats, both sailing and powered, and will provide interest and

entertainment for people from all walks of life and of all ages. With the

shanty festival running alongside, there will be no shortage of opportunities

for people to get involved.

Chairman of the organising committee, Roger

Hollingsworth said: ‘For too long Falmouth Classics has hidden its light under

a bushel.

‘Making the regatta into a high quality substantial stand-alone

sailing event is exactly the right thing for Falmouth Classics, it’s the right

thing for the shanty festival and it’s going to be great for the port of

Falmouth.

‘We can’t wait to see it in full swing.’

He added: ‘To host a long weekend of great classic

boat sailing in the glorious waters of the Fal Estuary, one of the best sailing

grounds in Europe, will be a real coup.’

The announcement comes at the close of a

sailing season in Falmouth that reached new highs.

The port where the young Ben

Ainslie learned his sailing, last year hosted the J Class Regatta, the

Pendennis Cup, and the Finn Gold Cup among other events and continues to

attract world-class sailing events.

Richard Gates, Falmouth

town manager and chairman of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival,

said: ‘Linking the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival with the Falmouth

Classics makes perfect sense bringing events on the water and ashore even

closer together.

‘With the RNLI being the nominated charity for both festivals

this a further positive partnership.’