Organisers of the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta have selected the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as the nominated charity for the 2014 event in Falmouth, which takes place from August 28-31.

Trainee crew are now being recruited to participate in the race, which starts on Sunday 31 August, and takes the historic vessels from Falmouth, along the south coast to the finish line off the Isle of Wight. The Tall Ships will then continue to London, sailing up the River Thames to the finish at the port of Royal Greenwich for a further five days of celebrations.

During the Regatta the volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew in Falmouth will provide a reassuring presence, while the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews from all 16 stations along the route of the race will, as usual, be on call 24 hours a day to provide assistance if needed.

The charity’s station in Falmouth was opened in 1867 and houses an all-weather Severn class lifeboat Richard Cox Scott and an inshore lifeboat, Eve Pank. The RNLI also provide a lifeguard service on over 200 beaches across the UK, including on Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase beach. In addition to the obvious maritime link, the RNLI have a close connection to the event and Tall Ships. The volunteer lifeboat crews at Falmouth, Sennen and St Mary’s spent a combined 67 hours at sea in 2010 escorting the fishing boat Nova Spero in towing the dismasted Polish Tall Ship Fryderyck Chopin into Falmouth in very difficult conditions. The Tall Ship was on route to the Caribbean when the incident happened with 34 trainees onboard. The volunteer lifeboat crew received a letter of thanks from the Polish Ambassador for their part in the operation to bring the ship into port safely.

Guy Botterill is RNLI Community Fundraising Manager for Cornwall says; ‘The RNLI are extremely proud to be the nominated charity for what promises to be a spectacular event in Falmouth and look forward to an exciting four days of festivities before the trainees set sail to the Isle of Wight.

Falmouth will have an extensive programme of events throughout the town, with an expected 100,000 visitors during the Regatta. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the charity to meet so many people, the station will be open to visitors and we’re looking for fundraising volunteers who would like to help with street collections. For volunteering opportunities please contact myself on 07774 436 265 and’ John Hick, Falmouth Chairman of the Regatta comments; ‘We are extremely pleased to announce the RNLI as our nominated charity for the Regatta. It is entirely appropriate that a charity with such close and essential connections with sailing and safety at sea are recognised in this way.

We are seeking people to take part in the race, to experience every aspect of sailing on a vessel. Sailing on a Tall Ship at sea promises to be an adventure and the opportunity is open to anyone over the age of 15. The experience includes instruction in all aspects of sailing, with the trainees setting sails, climbing the rigging, steering a compass course and more. In addition to the hands on responsibilities, the experience at sea gives the crew opportunity to learn more about themselves, make new friends and understand the value of working as a team.’ Further information about taking part in this exciting opportunity to sail on a Tall Ship can be found at or by contacting or calling 01326 211382.