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

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

‘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.’