Falmouth’s nautical epic

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Tres Hombres in Falmouth

on a previous visit, the tall ship Tres Hombres visited the town

For the bank holiday weekend at the end of August, Falmouth is hosting 47 ships including 12 tall ships that are taking part in the Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta.

The ships represent a number of different nationalities including France, Spain, Holland, Portugal and Russia and the event is set to attract over 100,000 visitors. It will also make maritime history as for the first time ever an internationally renowned Tall Ships Race will be taking place solely in English waters.

Falmouth is flying the flag in celebration with four days of colourful entertainment encompassing a whole programme of shore-side activities. For the first three days, the ships will be open to the public for a unique opportunity to explore on deck and learn about life on board these giants of the sea where fortunes were won and lost. But at the same time visitors will have the sensibilities knocked by seeing pirates marauding, sailors dancing the hornpipe in the streets and Henry VIII’s historic Pendennis Castle will reverberate to the boom of mock-cannon fire in retort to Tall Ship Mercedes, which will be heard throughout the town and harbour.

Throughout the regatta there will be a wide range of live music, from an acoustic stage for local talent, to live bands and shanty groups, including Cornish based Fishermen’s Friends. On Friday over 300 crew members will be transferring their competitive spirit from the sea to Gyllyngvase Beach for an entertaining day of inter-ship sports challenges including the traditional tug of war. Afterwards, in the evening, the crews decked out in all their finery, will march through the town.

On Saturday, the skies above Falmouth will be lit up in a farewell celebration before the vessels slip their moorings on Sunday and head out into Falmouth Bay for a truly spectacular Parade of Sail, with a huge spectator fleet turning out to send them on their way.

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