From the organisers:
We’re looking for classic boat enthusiasts to help protect the future of the Falmouth Classics!
The Tilley Endurables Falmouth Classics event has grown from a one day event to a three day regatta, now celebrating it’s 30th anniversary year. To secure the event for the future and to ensure ongoing growth and development, the Falmouth Classics Association is proud to offer a patronage scheme to those wishing to support the largest classic boat event in the South West.
The Classics event is expected to draw over 170 classic boats to the Falmouth area between the 16th and 18th June. Two days of racing in the Carrick Roads is followed by a spectacular parade across the Falmouth Bay on the Sunday. The regatta falls on the same weekend as the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival, which last year drew 40,000 visitors to the area, creating a wonderful atmosphere in the town and marking the beginning of the summer season.
A variety of patronage packages are available, meaning that anyone who wishes to support The Classics event can get involved. For an annual contribution, all patrons will be listed in the event programme and on the website. Depending on the type of patronage selected, there are an extensive range of special benefits available. A top level patron will receive an invitation to the event reception and prize-giving ceremony, two free regatta barbecue tickets, a copy of the programme and A3 poster, as well as two tickets to view the Sunday Parade of Sail and Small Boats Parade from the VIP launch area, with a buffet lunch provided.
An exciting new feature of The Classics event this year is The Maritime Village on Custom House Quay. Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on with practical demonstrations including sailmaking, decking and rigging. There will also be a range of other exhibitors connected to the marine industry, with activities for children, information about funding marine projects and gifts and souvenirs to purchase.
This year will also see the publication of a free, 8 page pullout in The West Briton, to help visitors learn more about the history of the classic boats taking part in the event. It will provide information about the event schedule and best spectator areas around Falmouth, allowing members of the public to feel more involved and engaged with the activities happening throughout the weekend. 2017 also marks the 150th anniversary of the RNLI in Falmouth. In support of the celebrations, the Parade of Sail and Power on Sunday the 18th will see the fleet of classic boats joined by lifeboats from the RNLI.
In the last few years, a dedicated team of volunteers have worked incredibly hard to transform The Classics from a one day event with around 40 boats, to a three day regatta which is expected to attract around 200 participants in 2017. Today, the Tilley Endurables Falmouth Classics is officially the largest classic boat event in the whole of the South West, but it is only possible to continue promoting and celebrating these historic vessels with the support of sponsors, advertisers and patrons. If you would like to find out more about becoming a patron for The Classics event, please visit:
Tel: 01326 250604.