FALMOUTH Sailing Week takes place from August 11 to 17.

It's a tradition for Falmouth Week, where each club hosts a day's racing as part of the week as well as regatta teas for the competitors at the end of each day.

The Sailing

Following the race briefing on the evening of Saturday, August 10, racing will begin on Sunday and continue until the following Saturday.
The main regatta is a sequence of races over seven days, with courses laid in Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads.

All levels of sailor – expert or beginner – are catered for.

The Bay Fleet

The Bay Fleet races in 15 square miles of open water outside the harbour. The area has been the venue for many prestigious events over the years ranging from iconic J-Class superyachts to the Finn World Championship won by Falmouth’s own Ben Ainslie shortly before winning Olympic Gold in 2012.
The Bay Fleet comprises Firebird catamaran, IRC and YTC (South West Yacht Time Correction) yachts, Marieholm and YTC Cruising (No spinnaker) yachts. The YTC Cruising class is aimed at the less ultra-competitive and family crews. There will be both Regatta (“round-the-cans”) and Windward-Leeward racing for most classes.
Bay Fleet competitors will race on Wednesday in the Champagne Race. The Champagne Race is a longer, coastal race in Falmouth Bay and adjacent water to the NE.

Carrick Fleet

Falmouth Harbour is the third largest deep-water harbour in the world, after Sydney and Rio de Janeiro. The Carrick Fleet races in the lower estuary – an area some two miles long by one mile wide – and, weather permitting, may also venture a short distance outside the harbour mouth, beyond Black Rock. Classes comprise Dinghies, Flying Fifteen, Ajax, Cornish Shrimper 19, Sunbeam, Falmouth Working Boat, Falmouth Gaffer, St Mawes One Design, Cabin Yachts, and Dayboats. On Wednesday the Carrick Fleet compete for prize bottles of champagne.

Skippers’ briefing

There will be a briefing for competitors on the evening of Saturday, August 10.

Presentation of prizes

Each day one of the clubs will host teas and other refreshments followed by presentation of prizes. Family and friends of competitors will be most welcome at the club while racing is in progress.

The host clubs

Sunday, Helford River Sailing Club & Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (Carrick Fleet)

Monday, Mylor Yacht Club

Tuesday, Restronguet Sailing Club

Wednesday, Royal Cornwall Yacht Club

Thursday, Royal Cornwall Yacht Club

Friday, St Mawes Sailing Club

Saturday, Flushing Sailing Club

The presentation of overall series prizes will take place at Flushing Sailing Club on Saturday evening. A complimentary launch service will be available during the evening to take participants to Flushing Sailing Club from Falmouth (Royal Cornwall Yacht Club) and back again.

Ancasta Champagne Race – Wednesday, August 14

For some 60 years Falmouth Week has included a long coastal race on Wednesday for offshore yachts, with prize bottles of champagne – the prestigious Ancasta Champagne Race.

The tradition commemorates an occasion back in 1951 when friends Lord Shawcross and H. A. J. (Jack) Silley, owner of Falmouth Docks, were competing in a yacht race off Falmouth. The spirit of competition was so keen that the friends broke away from the main race in which they were taking part, in order informally to settle the result between themselves. The loser, in good grace, presented a case of champagne to the winner, and so the legend of the Ancasta Champagne Race was born.

In 1955 Philip Fox, the then chairman of GC Fox & Co, started the first official Champagne Race, to be sailed under the auspices of the Falmouth Town Regatta Committee, by donating a case of champagne as first prize. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, all classes racing in Falmouth Week now get their chance to win champagne prizes under the banner of Champagne Day.

For the Bay Fleet the Ancasta Champagne Race usually attracts a strong daily entry by boats drawn by the challenge that the race presents. Long courses, in keeping with the tradition of the event, are set to suit the conditions and the boats taking part. The course area will encompass the whole Bay and extend up the coast in the direction of Gull Rock. The finish is usually to the west side of Pendennis headland.

The Carrick Fleet races normally but with champagne prizes.

Because of the excitement, and congestion in and around the town, surrounding the Falmouth Week Air Show on Wednesday, August 14, there are no teas after racing that afternoon and no presentation of prizes.
Instead, the prizes are presented at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club on Thursday evening.