Race programme – Sunday to Saturday

Falmouth Sailing Week aims to provide top-level competitive racing in a fun atmosphere,
using a variety of courses during the week, followed by enjoyable teas, presentation of prizes
 and entertainment at a different host club every day. Many of the competitors combine the
 racing with their annual family holiday! There are many viewing points on the banks of the
 River Fal to see the Carrick Road fleet racing such as the coastal walks around the estuary.
 Another good vantage point looking out to the Bay and also looking down on Carrick Roads is
 Pendennis headland, especially the ramparts of Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle.

Photo Credit, Above: Mark Collett

Bay Fleet Champagne Race
Carrick Fleet Long Distance Race

The Sailing

Following the race briefing on the evening of Saturday 10th, 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. There will be both Regatta (“round-the-cans”) and Windward-Leeward racing for most classes. Some Bay Fleet competitors will race on Wednesday in the Ancasta Champagne Race. The Champagne Race is a longer, coastal race in Falmouth Bay and adjacent water to the NE.

Photo Credit: Mike Freeman

Carrick Fleet

Falmouth Harbour is the 3rd largest deep-water harbour in the world, after Sydney and Rio de
 Janeiro. The Carrick Fleet races in the lower estuary – an area some 2 miles long by 1 mile
 wide – and, weather permitting, may also venture a short distance outside the harbour mouth, beyond Black Rock. Classes comprise Dinghies, Ajax, Shrimper 19, Sunbeam, Falmouth Working Boat, Falmouth Gaffer, Piper OD / Rustler 24, and YTC. On Wednesday the Carrick Fleet sail a long-distance race, the Mainbrace Rum Race.

Skippers’ Reception and Briefing

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

Details will be published nearer the time and in the sailing instructions.

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.

Photo Credit: Graham Pinkney



SundayHelford River Sailing Club & Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (Carrick Fleet)
MondayMylor Yacht Club
TuesdayRestronguet Sailing Club
WednesdayRoyal Cornwall Yacht Club (if no Red Arrows display)
ThursdayRoyal Cornwall Yacht Club (incl. Wed prizes if Red Arrows display)
FridaySt Mawes Sailing Club
SaturdayFlushing Sailing Club

The presentation of overall series prizes will take place at Flushing Sailing Club on
 Saturday 17th August. 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.

Photo Credit: Ian Symonds


For some 60 years Falmouth Week has included a long coastal race on Wednesday for offshore yachts, with prize bottles
 of champagne – in 2024 it is 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 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.

For the Bay Fleet the 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.

In 2022 the Champagne Race returned to its roots by being only for larger boats. The course area encompasses the whole Bay and extend up the coast to Gull Rock and beyond. The finish is usually to the west side of Pendennis headland.

Ineligible boats will race shorter courses for champagne prizes.

The Champagne and cups will be presented after the racing at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.


Photo Credit: Ian Symonds


2021 saw the introduction of a new event for the Carrick fleet – a standalone long-distance race on Wednesday not counting towards any series.

This will feature again in 2024 with prize-giving at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club on Thursday 14th August.

Photo Credit: Mike Freeman