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01 August 2014

All Hands on Deck for Falmouth Royal Greenwich Tall Ships

Our historic harbour will play host to these magnificent vessels once again during the 2014 Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.

It’s been six years since the Tall Ships called ‘Anchors aweigh!’ here in Falmouth. Now our historic harbour will play host to these magnificent vessels once again during the 2014 Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. The 28th August will see the arrival of 46 Tall Ships in anticipation of the start of their race, where they’ll make haste eastward to their final dock in Royal Greenwich, London – making history as the first regatta to be held in solely English waters.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta coming into dock

Credit and source: www.falmouthtallships.co.uk

Berthed in Duchy Wharf and County Wharf in Falmouth Docks, the spectacular ships will be open to the public to climb aboard and explore during the course of the weekend. With a capacity of around 5,000, the docks allow for a bustling array of family, friends, locals and visitors to come together and marvel at the beauty and craftsmanship involved in these wondrous ships.

With ship crews ranging in size from 58 to just 2, there will be over 300 crew members taking part in the festivities, offering a wealth of knowledge and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Not All Plain Sailing

Ships and sails are not the only thing our beautiful Falmouth harbour has to offer during the four-day seaside display; the town will be awash with festival atmosphere. A whole host of entertainment will be available to complement this one-of-a-kind event; from fireworks over the harbour to a digital stage on The Moor, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few activities that the team here at Merchants Manor think you shouldn’t miss:

  • Crew Parade – Friday 29th, 4:40pm
  • Markets – take your pick from continental, arts and crafts, and farmers’ markets
  • Pop-up bars
  • Shire-horse carriage rides with the Lizard Stallions
  • Children’s activities at Princess Pavilion, Falmouth Arts Gallery, National Maritime Museum Cornwall and Pendennis Castle
  • Fairgrounds
  • Photography & art exhibitions

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta on deck

Credit and source: www.falmouthtallships.co.uk

Falmouth will see its role in this incredible festival of nautical celebration come to an end on the 31st, as the ships set off on their legendary race. However, the best is yet to come: join over 100,000 visitors and line the coastline around Falmouth to witness the spectacular sight of the Parade of Sail! Henry VIII’s historic Pendennis and St. Mawes Castles will provide an inspiring backdrop, as the 46 Tall Ships blanket the mouth of the River Fal in a sea of colour and craftsmanship, lining up to begin their race.

Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta

Credit and source: www.falmouthtallships.co.uk

TOP TIP: If you’re willing to go the extra mile, make your way over to St. Anthony Head on The Roseland, right along the coast to Rosemullion at the entrance to the Helford.

For more information about the Tall Ships Festival, visit their website at www.falmouthtallships.co.uk.