Landlubbers with a love of seafaring from long ago will mark their calendars for Cornwall 2014, along with thousands of sailing enthusiasts, as the Tall Ships Regatta returns to Falmouth.
It’s an historical and romantic occasion as up to 25 of the largest and most spectacular tall ships in the world will call in as the port hosts a leg of the Iberian regatta, last hosted here in 2008 with the Funchal 500.
With tens of thousands of extra visitors expected, Cornwall will have an even busier programme of events on land and water to coincide with this prestigious event. The county’s long association with the sea and sailing ships is, after all, part of its rich heritage.
Can’t wait that long for your sailing fix? This year, the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week will have plenty of racing excitement on the water, with everything from dinghies to large yachts taking part. The event sees eight days of world class sailing, music, carnival, fireworks and more, from August 11-18.
If you want to savour sailing in a tall ship, even learning the ropes and help setting the sails if you wish, then this spring the magnificent Dutch brig Mercedes will be offering day and evening trips. She will sail from Falmouth Docks for 2 trips a day from March 29th to March 31st, with one final trip on April 1, subject to weather conditions. More information www.tallshipsfalmouth.co.uk
You can enjoy any of these events and many more Cornish delights while staying at CLC Trenython Manor. You can reach Falmouth by car in around an hour.