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.

Ancasta Champagne Race

The Sailing

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.

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, 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 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


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.


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.