Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta attracts 2,000 people in 35 minutes

Thousands flock to Falmouth Docks as Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta gets underway

Mayor John Body cuts the ribbon to official open the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta

Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta credit Paul Watts

Tall Ships on the water credit Lee Whitehead

A large queue formed outside the docks prior to the opening

Thousands flock to Falmouth Docks as Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta gets underway

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The Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta is finally underway with 2,000 people flooding through the gates within the first 35 minutes, all eager to climb on board the 11 vessels open to the public.

A festival atmosphere has already been generated at Falmouth Docks where the ships are not the only attraction – a fairground, live music, food outlets, bars and a variety of stalls are all adding to the fun.

The four day event was officially opened ahead of the public being allowed in with Falmouth mayor John Body cutting the ribbon. He said: “It gives me great pleasure to see so many people here today for what will be one of the greatest events and of course the greatest display of tall ships to be seen in our very own local waters for many a year.

“As the newly appointed mayor, this is one of the greatest moments of my civic year thus far.”

Cornwall Council’s chairman, John Wood, said: “Cornwall Council is very proud to be so heavily involved. Cornwall is proud of its coastline, its harbours and ports, the sea around it and the influence of its maritime history and today is a classic example of that maritime history.

“This is a good opportunity for visitors to enjoy everything that Falmouth has to offer and to experience the Cornish hospitality.”

The Falmouth Tall Ship Regatta continues until Sunday with the ships moored alongside County and Duchy Wharves in the docks open to the public until 8pm tonight and from 10am until 8pm on Friday and Saturday.

There are entertainment centres in the docks, on Church Street car park and the main one at Events Square with a variety of activities taking place throughout the town. Sunday will see the Parade of Sail as all 46 tall ships undock and make their way across Falmouth Bay to the start line of the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Race, off Rosemullion Head.

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2:09pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I was in Falmouth this morning and everything certainly seemed very busy, brilliant the weather is favourable and all is going well.

"Cornwall is proud of its coastline, harbours and ports"

Falmouth could be even prouder if the dredging went ahead.
I was in Falmouth this morning and everything certainly seemed very busy, brilliant the weather is favourable and all is going well. "Cornwall is proud of its coastline, harbours and ports" Falmouth could be even prouder if the dredging went ahead. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 16

3:07pm Thu 28 Aug 14

ampthillboy says...

Great occasion -just a shame the car parking provision is totally inadequate !
Great occasion -just a shame the car parking provision is totally inadequate ! ampthillboy
  • Score: 15

3:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

diesel 1 says...

One comment on Gill's last paragraph. Falmouth harbour would be dredged very quickly and free of charge simply by letting Helston john loose with his mouth.
One comment on Gill's last paragraph. Falmouth harbour would be dredged very quickly and free of charge simply by letting Helston john loose with his mouth. diesel 1
  • Score: 8

3:50pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

ampthillboy wrote:
Great occasion -just a shame the car parking provision is totally inadequate !
I parked in the Quarry car park, but on leaving Falmouth I found some motorists were parked completely blocking one of the roundabouts whilst queuing to enter parking facilities. I also passed traffic queuing to enter Falmouth. If events are so big with so much to offer that they attract thousands, then adequate parking and marshalling of car parks next to roundabouts etc should be a consideration. The sign advertising spaces in Church Street car park should also have been switched off as the car park was closed.
I hope it all continues to go well though and that the weather holds out for the duration.
[quote][p][bold]ampthillboy[/bold] wrote: Great occasion -just a shame the car parking provision is totally inadequate ![/p][/quote]I parked in the Quarry car park, but on leaving Falmouth I found some motorists were parked completely blocking one of the roundabouts whilst queuing to enter parking facilities. I also passed traffic queuing to enter Falmouth. If events are so big with so much to offer that they attract thousands, then adequate parking and marshalling of car parks next to roundabouts etc should be a consideration. The sign advertising spaces in Church Street car park should also have been switched off as the car park was closed. I hope it all continues to go well though and that the weather holds out for the duration. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 13

7:41pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

It says four comments, so where have they all gone? when i read them earlier they were all polite and normal comments by GZM, ampthillboy, and diesel1 as far as i recall. Makes you laugh this site leaves rude comments on the website then removes normal polite ones. Not much point leaving a comment related to the article then.
It says four comments, so where have they all gone? when i read them earlier they were all polite and normal comments by GZM, ampthillboy, and diesel1 as far as i recall. Makes you laugh this site leaves rude comments on the website then removes normal polite ones. Not much point leaving a comment related to the article then. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 2

8:54pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Gill Z Martin says...

Yes, I noticed the comments disappeared for a while and then reappeared, probably a blip in the system. Perhaps it occurs if they update the article.
Good pictures added above.
Yes, I noticed the comments disappeared for a while and then reappeared, probably a blip in the system. Perhaps it occurs if they update the article. Good pictures added above. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 6

6:09am Fri 29 Aug 14

juwhite says...

I notice that all the park and ride buses were brand new and have never seen them been used before which made us giggle. Whilst it is a great event the car parking issue does ruin it. Please can I ask anyone visiting to be sensible and not block roundabouts etc and some people still have to work and also if an emergency was to occur the services do need to get through just imagine it is your relative in peril. Unfortunately what also ruins it is the fact that every other step there is a food/drink stall and there appears to be more of these rather than Tall Ships. Looking forward to watching the parade of sail on Sunday.
I notice that all the park and ride buses were brand new and have never seen them been used before which made us giggle. Whilst it is a great event the car parking issue does ruin it. Please can I ask anyone visiting to be sensible and not block roundabouts etc and some people still have to work and also if an emergency was to occur the services do need to get through just imagine it is your relative in peril. Unfortunately what also ruins it is the fact that every other step there is a food/drink stall and there appears to be more of these rather than Tall Ships. Looking forward to watching the parade of sail on Sunday. juwhite
  • Score: 7

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