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Summer 2022 sailing regattas in Cornwall

Regatta season is on the horizon – here in Cornwall we have lots of wonderful regattas running throughout the summer for all the family to enjoy. Whether you’re a local or are visiting the county to enjoy a holiday this year, here’s our top 2022 sailing regattas in Cornwall for your diary…

Falmouth Classics (17th – 19th June) & Sea Shanty Festival

This three day regatta is full of enjoyable racing and a spectacular parade of classic boats and small classic boats. Falmouth Classics has steadily grown to be one of the largest classic sailing events in the UK. The Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay are recognised as some of the best sailing waters in the world in – the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival takes place at the same time and over 65,000 visitors head to Falmouth over this weekend.

Looe Lugger Regatta (1st – 3rd July)

This bi-annual regatta in the busy seaside town of Looe is a celebration of the harbour town’s fishing heritage. Traditional luggers, two masted sailing boats once common along the coast of England and France, head to the historical port for the regatta and compete in six races over the two days. Around fifty boats, many of which were built more than a hundred years ago and lovingly restored by their owners, unfurl their sails in the harbour creating a magnificent spectacle.

Charlestown Regatta (23rd – 29th July)

This week-long regatta at the historic harbour of Charlestown offers fun for the whole family with activities including a triathlon, raft races, donkey derby, live music and a colourful carnival, all to raise funds for the local community. Charlestown draws a lot of visitors as it is a prime location for filming a number of TV series and films, including Poldark.

Helford Passage Regatta (6th August)

This annual regatta is packed full of events on and off the beach, including swimming races, a fancy dress competition, a sandcastle competition and lots more. On the river there’s rowing, kayaking, paddleboarding and land and sea races, ashore there’s lots of stalls and a BBQ through-out the day. The RNLI come along in one of their inshore lifeboats to show off what they do and the day’s finished off with live music on The Ferryboat Inn terrace – all funds raised go to support Falmouth RNLI.

Fowey Regatta (14th – 20th August)

This is one of the country’s best-loved regattas – it attracts thousands of visitors each year and is one of the UK’s best known sailing events with a long history. You’ll see a full programme of races for Falmouth working boats, Troys, Cruisers, Fowey rivers and a handicap dinghy fleet. There’s also plenty happening on land, with a carnival procession, fireworks, crab catching competition and the Fowey Harbour swim, not forgetting the giant Pasty ceremony and pasty-eating competition! With live music every night on Town Quay you’ll create a weekend of memories to remember forever

Percuil Regatta (20th August)

This fun village regatta started from a committee boat in the beautiful Percuil river setting. Classes include optimists, handicap dinghies, shrimpers, Ajaxes and sunbeams. Courses are set appropriate to the class of boat and crew, leading into the Carrick Roads for larger crafts.

Portscatho Regatta (27th August)

This traditional regatta has a full sailing programme over an exciting course in the beautiful Gerrans Bay, featuring a passage race from the Fal plus various water sports such as swimming, canoeing and raft-racing. There’s also shoreside fun activities with sandcastle building and races for all ages on Tatam’s beach.

Saltash Regatta (3rd – 4th September)

This two day waterside festival starts with a Civic parade where children and community groups are invited to dress up to the theme ‘water wonderland’ and walk down to the waterfront. On the first day there’s gig rowing races. paddleboard taster sessions, regatta relay races and a wild swim. On day two you’ll see the cardboard boat race and tug of war at the Saltash rowing club. With market stalls and two stages of live music, there’ll be plenty of pop-up entertainment to keep you fully entertained throughout the weekend.

We hope you’ve been inspired to visit some of the many sailing regattas happening in Cornwall this summer. Why not book a yacht charter to make the most of these regattas, either with a day trip or an overnight stay onboard so you can make the most of every moment.



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