2019 Sailing Calendar

Why Falmouth for Sailing Events?

We believe that Cornwall hosts some of the finest maritime events for traditional boats, classic yachts and tall ships in Britain.

When it comes to creating a spectacle of sails, refined wooden craftsmanship and sparring bowsprits, then Falmouth is absolutely the place to be; with the Cornish South Coast boasting numerous sheltered bays and deep water harbours. All unhindered by ferries or cargo traffic.

The coastal landscape is timeless and the historic port of Falmouth is unspoilt by modern development, making both the perfect backdrop to celebrate maritime traditions.

Many notable Cornish harbours are big enough to hold major racing events, making them natural amphitheatres for shore side spectators to watch the action and Falmouth is no exception.

Falmouth Bay and Carrick Roads both have a long tradition of racing working boats, like Falmouth oyster boats, gig boats, pilot cutters and luggers and have the finest skills anywhere to put on a show of canvas and sail, right into the heart of the harbour.

The cruise season is looking healthy for Falmouth port this year with 31 vessels stemmed.  If you’d like further information on which vessels will be visiting Falmouth in 2019, please click here.



Falmouth Spring Festival 2019
14 March  – 24 March 2019
As profiled on the BBC, the Falmouth Spring Festival is a wonderful early season celebration of coast, community and culture. 2019 will be sponsored by the University of Exeter. Celebrating Falmouth’s open spaces, terrific coastline and gardens, why not join in the fun and ‘paint the town yellow’ as there’s something for everyone!


Falmouth Street Food & Craft Ales
May 2019 – TBC
Look forward to live performances from local talented musicians.  With arts, crafts and a local product market welcoming you. This is a free event with undercover seating, live music, food and barrels of craft ale.

Fal River Festival
24 May – 2 June 2019
This ten day festival was established in 2006 and provides a full range of events varying from music & drama, the arts, history and heritage to gig racing, swimming, walking and lots more. With its diverse mix of events taking place at dozens of locations around the water, the festival gives a real chance to engage with life on the river and discover some of its fascinating history.


AZAB 2019
1 June 2019 (start time 12.00)
The AZAB is a 2,400 mile ocean race which takes place every 4 years – 2019 race promises to bebigger and better than ever!  Entrants must sail either single or double-handed to Ponta Delgada, in the Azores, and back to Falmouth. Entries may be made until 1 May 2019.

Enter the AZAB 2019 here.

Falmouth Classics
14 June – 16 June 2019
Berthing at Falmouth Haven marina, Falmouth Classics is a three day rally of classic sailing craft and other traditional vessels, including pilot gigs and motor boats. This event always draws plenty of visitors to the area, and, in turn, an electric atmosphere – a great way to see some of the most impressive ships around.

Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival
14 June – 16 June 2019
One of the biggest maritime music concerts in Europe. The town will play host to hundreds of hours of free to attend shanty performances, with only the special Gala Concert ticketed, and proceeds going to the RNLI. Falmouth will be filled with music, singing and infused with a great community spirit.

Royal Cornwall Yacht Club
June – July  – TBC
Sailing for the Blind Week – a biannual event enabling many visually impaired sailors to enjoy a week’s sailing in and around our local waters.  For more information, please email: sailing@royalcornwallyachtclub.org


Sailing Events TBC.


2019 Falmouth Week Regatta
9 August – 18 August 2019
Falmouth Week Regatta features up to seven days of fleet racing for yachts and dayboats in the stunning Carrick Roads (low Fal estuary) and Falmouth Bay.  Racing takes place daily, with prizes and complementary shoreside events for all the family to enjoy.

Red Arrows Aerobatic Display –  due to commitments overseas the Red Arrows will not be visiting Falmouth for 2019.


Events TBC for 2019


10 October – 13 October 2019
Falmouth Oyster Festival, one of Cornwall’s biggest and most well-loved specialist food festivals, celebrates the diversity of Cornish seafood, the native Fal Oyster and the start of the oyster dredging season with 4 days of feasting, live music, craft stalls and cooking demonstrations. Read more