Falmouth Week is one of the town’s major summer events and combines a week long sailing regatta which dates back to 1837, with a host of shoreside events and activities for both sailors and landlubbers to enjoy.
There is a full timetable of daytime and evening events for all to enjoy in the beautiful seaside town of Falmouth in Cornwall.
Kicking off with a skippers meeting on the 6th August, Falmouth Week incorporates competitive sailing hosted by six local sailing and yacht clubs. Courses for racing take place in Falmouth harbour, the Carrick Roads and beyond Black Rock, in Falmouth Bay. Crowds gather to admire the sheer number of sails adorning this vast and beautiful sailing ground on Pendennis Point, Falmouth.
Classes of boats competing are split into the Carrick Fleet for small boats; the Ajax, Shrimpers, the Sunbeam One Design fleet (sponsored by Mylor Yacht Harbour), Falmouth working boats, Falmouth Gaffers, St Mawes One Designs, Piper One Designs and Rustler 24s. Larger vessels are associated with the Bay Fleet and include Firebird catamarans, IRC and Yacht Time Correction rated yachts.
Racing days end with refreshments served at respective clubhouses followed by a daily prizegiving. Family and friends joining these gatherings make for a jolly atmosphere which is also apparent in the many shore-side events, beyond the sailing during Falmouth Week. The Falmouth Carnival will take place on Saturday 6th August, the Red Arrows expected to display on Wednesday 10th August – best viewed from Pendennis Point and beaches located south of the town. Dragon boat racing is due to take place on Sunday 14th August. Falmouth Week famously comes to an end with a spectacular fireworks display, which depending on the weather, should take place on the Saturday night. This is best viewed near the water, in Falmouth harbour.