Race programme – Sunday to Saturday (normally but not in 2020)
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.
Following the race brieﬁng on the evening of Saturday 8th, 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, and IF Boat. 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.
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, 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.
There will be a brieﬁng for competitors on the evening of Saturday 8th August.
Details 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.
THE HOST CLUBS ARE:
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
*no teas and prize-giving if there is an air display
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
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 12th August, 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.
TO RECEIVE THEIR CHAMPAGNE, WINNERS MUST ATTEND THIS PRIZEGIVING