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.
Following the race brieﬁng on the evening of Saturday 7th, 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. 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.
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 Flying Fifteen, Ajax, Shrimper 19, Sunbeam, Falmouth Working Boat, Falmouth Gaffer, St Mawes One Design, Piper OD / Rustler 24, Cabin Yachts and Dayboats. On Wednesday the Carrick Fleet compete in the Mainbrace Rum Race for prize bottles of rum.
There will be a brieﬁng for competitors on the evening of Saturday 8th August, followed by a Competitors’ and Sponsors’ Reception at the RCYC to include music, food and a Mainbrace Rum Bar
Details are 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.
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 – in 2021 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 2021 the ANCASTA Champagne Race is returning to its roots by being only for larger boats. The course area will encompass 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.
Because of the excitement, and congestion in and around the town, surrounding the traditional Falmouth Week Air Display on Wednesday, 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
MAINBRACE RUM RACE - WEDNESDAY
2021 sees the introduction of a new event for the Carrick fleet – The Mainbrace Rum Race.
To be held on the Wednesday of Falmouth Sailing Week, this is a standalone race offering a longer course around the Carrick Roads.
Mainbrace Rum is a Helford-based business, born from conversations and camaraderie at The Ferry Boat Inn whilst watching local racing. The race winners embodied the essence of Cornwall: crews celebrating loyalty, courage and teamwork.
Mainbrace is traditionally crafted with a modern twist, Mainbrace is a unique golden ‘spliced’ rum nothing is added to either the Navy Strength or the premium Golden Rum.
In the 18th century when a Naval ship in battle had to repair and splice her mast to get back to port, the crew were rewarded by a double ration of rum and a toast: “To the King – God bless him”.
The swiftest victories always came after the hardest battles.
Mainbrace has just won two golds at the 2021 Rum and Cachaca Masters. We look forward to this partnership and the start of a new event during Falmouth Sailing Week.