Falmouth Harbour celebrates its 150th anniversary by supporting Falmouth Classics 2021

Falmouth Harbour, have confirmed support for the Falmouth Classics in Cornwall, as headline sponsor for 2021. The event will  take place from 11 -13 June, Covid 19 restrictions permitting.  Support for the Classics will be the highlight of the Falmouth Harbour Commissioner’s celebrations to mark the Trust Port’s 150th anniversary.

Falmouth Harbour Chief Executive Officer, Miles Carden, said “In this important year of celebration for the Harbour and through our marina Falmouth Haven we are excited to announce our support, to the largest heritage and classics sailing event in the UK.  We are really excited to increase our support to the event in 2021 in the Harbour’s milestone year. Falmouth Classics is now an important part of the Harbour’s culture and will bring a much needed economic boost to the town in 2021. The Falmouth Harbour team look forward to working closely with the Classics team to ensure a great event, which will provide an incredible backdrop as we welcome the world’s press to Falmouth as a part of the G7 conference.”

To recognise the 150th anniversary of the Harbour Falmouth Classics Association is planning a spectacular parade of sail and power on Sunday 13th June, at 10.30.  A Royal Naval vessel is expected to lead the parade from Trefusis Point off Falmouth Docks, towards Black Rock, followed by a flotilla of harbour vessels, led by one of the Falmouth Harbour pilot boats. Behind the modern port craft , a fleet of sailing pilot cutters, some original and some modern recreations and other vessels relevant to the port’s past will follow.

“Marguerite” a Bristol Channel pilot cutter built in 1893 and in service until 1911. Similar vessels would have been seen in the Falmouth in 1870. Photograph: Doug Jackson

Keith Tullett Chairman of Falmouth Classics Association said “The Association very much appreciates the increased support that the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) and Falmouth Haven will bring to the 2021 event. The volunteer team looks forward to recognising FHC’s achievement during the event. The expected fleet should ensure a wonderful vista in the harbour recreating Falmouth’s past.”

Notes for editors

  • Falmouth Harbour is a Trust Port formed by an act of Parliament, as the statutory port authority. Covering 16 square miles, including large parts of Falmouth Bay, the Commissioners have a key role in managing the safety, environment and economy of the harbour. It is not-for-profit organisation, meaning there are no owners or shareholders, and any profit is ploughed back into the port.
  • September 5th 2020 marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners to manage the port.
  • Further information about the Falmouth Harbour Commissioners can be found at: www.falmouthharbour.co.uk
  • Falmouth Classics, with 190 or more participating vessels since 2017, is one of the largest heritage and classic events in the UK.
  • Falmouth Classics Association Ltd is a not for profit company, run by volunteers, which seeks to encourage the maintenance, renovation and recreation of traditional craft by providing and annual three-day event to enable owners to sail, race and showcase their vessels.
  • Falmouth Classics will take place in 2021 from 11 – 13 June with vessels arriving on the 10th. The event will showcase classic and heritage craft during the period Falmouth hosts the G7 media camp. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in three races and the parades.
  • Participating vessels will have been designed and/or built on or before 1971. More recently built craft are eligible if they are built to a pre-1971 design or influenced by an early design or built or rigged traditionally.
  • Further information about Falmouth Classics:  www.falmouthclassics.org.uk