24th Feb 2017
Second Annual Fundraiser Announced!
Come and join us at Five Degrees West for the second annual Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.
18th Jan 2017
Sea Shanties Galore at the Festival Fundraiser!
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival are hosting the first fundraising concert of 2017 at the Falmouth Watersports Centre on Saturday 28th January, at 7pm!
The 2016 fundraisers were a great triumph, with funds raised to allow the Festival to invite a range of Shanty groups from overseas. It is hoped that the 2017 event will build on this success!
This year's Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival sees groups from Brittany and wider France, Norway, The Netherlands, Ireland and, for the first time, Bounding Main from America. Bounding Main is a mixed, five part acapella group with a growing international following.
The festival organisers are lucky to have the Oggymen sing in the fundraiser again this year and are pleased to welcome Falmouth’s female answer to Fisherman’s Friends in the delightful guise of the 12 strong, all lady shanty group Femmes de la Mer.
Also in the line-up is an up and coming, mixed group of singers from St. Ives called the Bamaluz Bootleggers. Their unique name derives from a small beach between the two large ones in St Ives: they bring an energetic and fresh approach to the shanty and Cornish song tradition.
The usual refreshments will be available as well as authentic paella. A raffle will be run throughout the evening with generous prizes.
Tickets are £8, and are available through the Cornish Store in Arwenack St. and the Watersports building near the Events Square car park, both in Falmouth.
14th December 2016
Festival Raised over £10,500!
We're delighted to announce that the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival's Beat Betty Competition raised over £10,500 for the Falmouth RNLI Lifeboat Station. Our fantastic groups went head-to-head against Betty Stogs (fundraising Queen) to see who could raise the most over the weekend. The combined effort of the groups and Betty culminated in the largest amount raised for the RNLI in the festival's history. Well done everyone!
Read the full story here:
28th June 2016
Festival Biggest Ever!
This year’s Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival saw the biggest crowds yet with an estimated 40,000 visitors throughout the town during the weekend! We had sunny (and drizzly!) main stages, outdoor shanty stops, traditional venues and the sell-out Falmouth Packet Gala Concert all in aid of the RNLI. It was an enormous success and we want to say a big thank you to Skinners Brewery and Seasalt Clothing, as well as all of the other sponsors and advertisers, for their support. We'd also like to thank all volunteers and committee members for all their efforts and the hard work they put in to make the event such a success!
Unbelievably, Betty Stogs from Skinners beat her goal of raising £5,000 for the RNLI, which is the most money raised yet, with still more to be counted! Betty raised an incredible £5136 over the festival, narrowly avoiding the swim in the harbour promised if she didn’t hit her target. The festival committee would like to thank each and every person who donated, collected, and helped to raise money to save lives at sea.
Betty Stogs, of Skinners Brewery, said: “I’ve had a great time this year, as always, and the people of Falmouth (and beyond!) have been so very giving. The festival is one of the biggest events for me, and I really enjoy meeting everyone and raising money for the Falmouth RNLI. An anonymous donor even placed a blank cheque in my bucket, in case I missed my target, which was absolutely amazing. I’m very happy that together we raised over £5000, and saved my new hairdo from a soaking in the ocean!”
Town Manager and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Richard Gates said “It takes an unbelievable amount of planning and hard work to ensure an event of this scale comes together as well as it has done. I would like to thank everyone who is involved and especially the festival committee. The money raised has been truly amazing and we would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with our fundraising. We will know the exact amount raised for the RNLI in the coming months.“
For the first time in 2016, two group winners were announced for the Beat Betty Competition: The Pirates of St Piran and Shake a Leg. It was a remarkable year with shanty group Pirates of St Piran, who raised £1,714, and Shake a Leg were announced the individual winners, raising nearly £200 per member!
16th June 2016
Brownies Bones Workshop & Performance
We're delighted to be hosting a special workshop and performance with local Brownie groups. The workshop, run by Hans Weehuizen alongside Rum & Shrub Shantymen, will teach the groups about maritime history, song, puppetry and performance, along with taster lessons of The Bones. At 11.20am you can see the Brownies at the Watersports Centre as they are presented with their Bones Badges and join Hans Weehuizen and The Nauti Bouys in a few shanty tunes.
The Brownies will also march from Events Square to Prince of Wales Pier at 1pm, where they will join with TOSTA's human mosaic project at 2pm on The Pier.
2nd June 2016
World Street Food Hub
For the first time in 2016, you'll be able to find a selection of continental street food at the World Street Food Hub by the Seven Stars Stage for the whole weekend! We're delighted to wecome 5 amazing traders, selling street food from accross 3 continents!
Salavador Thali make delicious Indian street food- and its all vegitarian!
Authentic Thai Food will be tantilising taste buds with tastes of Thailand
Sizzle Grills are setting up their authentic Argentinian BBQ
@Home is bringing a taste of home with a range of gourmet burgers
Intents Catering will fill you up with their range of spicy Budda Bowls
So come along to The Moor and take a seat in one of our deck chairs, enjoy the amazing schedule of shanties, and eat and drink your fill!
19th May 2016
Beat Betty Prize Added
For years, the Beat Betty competition has seen our groups take on the infamous Betty Stogs to see who can raise the most money for the Falmouth RNLI. Betty is so far reigning supreme, so we thought we'd level the playing field...
This year, to give our smaller groups a fighting chance, we're giving away TWO Beat Betty Prizes: one for most money raised, and one for most money raised per singer. This means that now our solo acts can battle against the biggest choirs!
Good luck everyone! Lets make this one a year to remember!
10th May 2016
Festival Volunteers Needed!
Would you like to be part of our festival team? We're looking for 4 extra special volunteers to help with our children's craft activities by the Seven Stars Stage. If you think you might be interested, please CLICK HERE for more info.
4th May 2016
Bones Workshops Announced
We're delighted to announce that Acclaimed Dutch musician Hans Weehuisen and local shanty group Rum and Shrub will teach the youngsters to play the instruments and sing the Falmouth Packet Shanty at the Watersports Centre on the Sunday morning of the festival, June 19. They will then give an concert at about 11.30am on the Skinners Stage, so make sure you come down to see how the hard work pays off!
15th April 2016
Beat Betty Challenge Announced!
Every year our groups take on the notorious Betty Stoggs to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI. This Friday, to mark the two month countdown to the festival, Betty has challenged the public to help her raise £5,000. Who will you back in the Beat Betty Challenge?
1 April 2016
TOSTA Program Announced
We're delighted to announce the schedule for TOSTA: Cultural Cargo, the brand new festival element on Prince of Wales Pier which celebrates minority languages across the Atlantic seaboard. See the image below for info, or visit the Tosta page on the website.
14 March 2016
2016 Festival Poster Released
2 March 2016
TOSTA ‘POP-UP’ FESTIVAL
Kanow an Mor yn Seyth Tavas
Songs of the Sea in Seven Languages
The Cornish, Basque, Welsh, Frisian, Scots and Irish Gaelic languages will all feature at the TOSTA Pop-up Festival-within-a-Festival on the Prince of Wales Pier.
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is built upon our maritime links with other sea-faring communities. This year we are delighted to welcome the ‘TOSTA; Cultural Cargo’ project and their celebration of minority languages along the Atlantic seaboard.
Join us at the Tosta Pop-Up Village, Prince of Wales Pier to
· learn a few words of Cornish,
· enjoy the multi-lingual 'diversity orchestra', made up from musicians of all 7 nations
· sing songs of the sea in Kernewek (and other minority languages)
· take part in building an enormous paper boat
· see the artwork that travelled from 7 different nations by shipping container
· and more…
Acts Confirmed for Ale Fest Fundraiser
Acts have been confirmed for our next upcoming fundraiser! See the poster below for details, and we'll see you there!
Get the full info on: https://www.facebook.com/5DegreesWest
11 Feb 2016
Kimbers Men on Channel 4
Tune in to Channel 4's Sunday Brunch this Sunday and catch Kimbers Men sampling some of the classic shanties they'll be performing with us this June.
21 January 2016
Next Fundraiser Announcement!
Our next exciting fundraising event is just around the corner! 5 Degrees West will be holding its annual St Piran's Ale and Cider festival from March the 4th-7th, and will be raising funds for Falmouth Sea Shanty festival.
Revellers can expect 20+ ales and 20+ ciders from all over Cornwall, plus music from Cahooty, The Stowes and more.
On Sunday the 8th 5 Degrees will be hosting a family fun day and "The great Cornish Pasty off" with very special guest judges.
For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/5DegreesWest
20 November 2015
Fundraiser a Success!
Our first festival fundraiser was a great success and we had a packed venue. The event was the first in a series aiming to raise money for the festival and bought together Shanty lovers from accross Cornwall to The Watersports Centre in Falmouth. We would like to say a big thank you for everyone who came along and the wonderful groups who performed. Look out for the next one! Photos by John Callow.
23 October 2015
Festival Fundraiser Announced
We're hosting a festival fundraiser on Friday 13th November at the Watersports Centre in Falmouth, where we will be joined by The Oggymen, Rum & Shrub and Falmouth Shout. Come and join us for a wonderful evening with proceeds going towards helping bring more foreign groups to the 2016 International Sea Shanty Festival!
2 June 2015
Singing Program Available Online
With only 10 days to go until the 2015 festival there's lots to be excited about! On top of the festival program (now on sale in our online shop) we're giving shanty revellers the chance to fully plan their shanty weekend with a full singing program, available here for free! It's the first 5 pages of the full program, so pick one up on the day and help us raise much needed funds for the RNLI!
View the full singing program here!
28 May 2015
How to Play The Bones Workshops
Hans Weehuizen will be giving unmissable “How To Play The Bones” workshops over the festival!
On Saturday at 12pm and Sunday at 11am Hans will be at the Watersports Centre giving visitors invaluable insight and training into one of the oldest instruments in the world.
Not having many instruments on board the ship, often sailors searched for ways to make simple instruments by themselves, from wood or bone. Back when whaling was common there was enough material on hand to make Bones (rattle-bones). In the present-day you can’t get whalebones very easily, so they are often made from wood, which works well as a friendlier alternative.
Bones are divergent of our old-fashioned rattles. The difference is in how you hold the bones, which gives more of a range of rhythms. Today, Bones are mostly played in Ireland and the USA, much like the spoons, and both are excellent percussion instruments. There is even a Rhythm Bones Society, which organizes their own Bones Festival in the US.
During Hans’ Bones workshop you will take the first steps in learning this amazing instrument; first in how to hold it, then how to move, and finally how to play. You can even make your own!
There will even be a complete coursebook with tapes for sale.
For more information visit: www.howtoplaythebones.com
22 May 2015
Festival Merchandise Now on Sale
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty committee is happy to announce that our official festival merchandise is now available to purchase.
Sticking to shanty classics, the products feature a polo shirt, t-shirt, cap, and pin badge along with the official program and festival CD. The shirts feature the names of the 53 groups performing this year, and are available in sizes M to XXXXL. All are now available to buy on the official festival website, and will also be on sale throughout the festival.
All proceeds from merchandise will be donated to the festival’s official charity: the Falmouth RNLI.
Richard Gates, Town Manager and Festival Chairman, said: “Everyone wants something to remember this incredible festival, and this year we’ve made sure we have something for everyone! We’re delighted to be opening the online shop this year in partnership with The Cornish Store to give more shanty revellers the chance to get their hands on these unique items, including the official festival CD, with songs from appearing artists, and the official festival program with full schedule, maps, and shanty lyrics to join in with.”
Fisherman’s Friends have already received their polo shirts, and took part in an official shoot on a beautiful balmy day, heralding the countdown to the festival this June.
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival takes place on 12th-14th June 2015 and will feature 53 groups performing in 22 venues through the town. It is the largest sea shanty festival in Europe.
So hurry up! Visit the festival shop to pick up your official festival merchandise now!
24 March 2015
Gala Concert Tickets on Sale
Alongside our free concerts, we have a special one-off Gala Concert from four of this year's talented groups for just £10!
Get your tickets now to see Les Souilles de fond de cale, Kimber's Men, The Oggymen, and Poles Apart live at Princess Pavilion.
Follow this Ticket Link or visit the Cornish Store for info.
16 January 2015
2015 Groups Announced
We are delighted to announce that we have confirmed the 51 groups for the 2015 festival. This year's lineup includes both familiar faces and new groups from accross Europe, who together are set to make 2015 the best festival yet!
Alan Whitbread, Aggie Boys, Baldricks Plan, Back Beach Boyz, Barnacle Bouys, Bluebelle Line, Bosuns Call, Cadgwith Singers, Cape Cornwall Singers, Dutch Uncle (NL), Exmouth Shanty Men, Falmouth Fish, Falmouth Shout, Fishermans Friends, Flash Jack, Hooks & Crookes (I), Kanerien Trozoul (F), Kimber’s Men, Les Cap Horniers (F), Les Souilles de fond de cale (F), Longest Johns, Mariners Away, Nauti Buoys, Naze Shanty Crew, Nankersey Male Choir, Nordet (F), Pirates of St Piran, Press Gang, Rum & Shrub, Shake A Leg, Sheringham Shantymen, Short Drag Roger, Stamp & Go, Swinging the Lead, Tavy Tars, The5 Men Not Called Matt, Thraw'd Together, The Navy Larks, Tom Lewis, Treverva Male Voice Choir, Two Anchors, Trim Rig & Doxy, The Oggymen, The Old Gaffers, Vagrants Crew, Vent De Noroise (F), Viv Robertson, Wareham Whalers, Wellington Wailers, QFTRY (POL), Shantykoor De Ijsselzangers (NL)
24 November 2014
Shanty Festival Raises Over £10,000 for RNLI
From left to Right: Brad Rochfort, Keven Ayres, John Warren, Alan Barnes, Richard Gates (Chairman & Town Manager), Dave Wakeling, Brenda Grieve, Jules Warren, Brian Taber
Photo credit Simon Culliford
The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival Committee presented Falmouth RNLI with a cheque for £10,480 last week from funds raised at the 2014 Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.
The 2014 Festival collected more money in three days than any previous year. Over the 10 years that the festival has been running funds exceeding £50,000 have been raised, with £29,686 raised in the last four years alone, giving the RNLI much needed resources to save lives at sea.
The £10,480 will be spent to benefit the Falmouth Lifeboat Station, which can put it to good use in a number of different ways. The average yearly running costs of an All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) station are £195,000, with annual crew training costs for an ALB station at £26,000.
Richard Gates, Town Manager and event Chairman, said: “Raising this amount of money from just one weekend is an unbelievable achievement, and it goes to show what a great festival it is, and how it continues to improve. This incredible success could not be possible without the huge generosity of everyone supporting the event, including the many groups who give their time to make the festival what it is. Betty Stogs and the Beat Betty competition raised a large proportion of this money and we hope that this will continue to increase year on year.”
Alan Barnes, RNLI Chairman for Falmouth, said: “It's great to be part of a festival where so many people come year after year and have such a good time. But they also know they are supporting Falmouth Lifeboat and the crew in their efforts to keep people safe at sea in the area.”
Brad Rochfort, Skinners Brewery, has seen the festival’s growth first hand. Brad said: “Skinners Brewery are so proud to have been part of the Sea Shanty Festival since the beginning, and it’s amazing to see how popular the event has become with shanty singers from the UK and all over the world. It’s a great weekend which has proved so beneficial to the town and of course raised vital funds for Falmouth’s RNLI!”
Neil Chadwick, Joint Managing Director of Seasalt and committee member, has been involved with the festival since the company came in as joint main sponsor alongside Skinners Brewery in 2014. “Becoming part of the festival has been fantastic for Seasalt, and its success is thanks to the incredible hard work and vision of the organisers, without whom this money couldn’t be raised. Thanks for asking us to be involved and roll on the next festival...bring it on!"
The Sea Shanty Festival has been delighting revellers since 2004 with a range of traditional shanty performances in key locations around Falmouth, and is one of the biggest maritime concerts in Europe. 50 groups have already been confirmed for the 2015 festival, including 8 international groups from Ireland, France, Holland and Poland.
20 June 2014
Beat Betty figures just in! A big thank you to all those who took part and all those who donated. Congratulations Betty and Pirates of St Piran.
Pirates of St Piran...............£1380.00
Shake a Leg........................£890.00
Naze Shanty Crew...............£283.91
Many a Mickle.....................£177.57
Back Beach Boyz.................£145.70
The Navy Larks...................£142.90
The Old Gaffers...................£104.06
Swinging the Lead...............£87.17
5 Men not called Matt..........£76.66
Short Drag Roger.................£48.70
Trim Rig and a Doxy............£22.83
18 June 2014
Sea Shanty Festival’s Biggest Year Yet!
This year’s Falmouth International Sea shanty Festival saw the biggest crowds yet with over 25,000 visitors throughout the town during the weekend! We had sunny main stages, outdoor shanty stops, traditional venues and the first ever Gala Concert all in aid of the RNLI. It was an enormous success and we want to say a big thank you to Skinners Brewery and Seasalt Clothing for all their support. We'd also like to thank all volunteers and committee members for all their efforts and the hard work they put in to make the event such a success!
Town Manager and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Richard Gates said “The festival was a phenomenal success with a brilliant atmosphere throughout the town. It takes an unbelievable amount of planning and hard work to ensure an event of this scale comes together as well as it has done. I would like to thank everyone who is involved and especially the festival committee. The money raised has been truly amazing and is still being counted and the support of volunteers and businesses really goes to show how this festival has developed.“
It was a truly remarkable year for the Beat Betty Challenge with shanty group Pirates of St Piran taking the lead and raising £1,194 and Shake a Leg were runners up raising £890 for the RNLI. Betty Stogs from Skinners beat her record and collected over £2,400, with still more to be counted! A big thank you to all the groups who put efforts into raising money and awareness for the RNLI.
Steve Skinner said "Skinner’s are so proud to be involved in this fantastic Cornish event for the 11th year running. We’d like to thank all the Falmouth pubs, singers and organisers for all their support and hard work to make this event such a success each year and of course Betty Stogs who simply loves this festival and looks forward to it many months in advance. We’re looking forward to 2015 already!"
This year’s festival had something for everyone. Groups performed on main stages, in pubs, restaurants, shops, in the street and for the first time ever, the Gala Concert at The Princess Pavilion!
Neil Chadwick, Joint Managing Director of Seasalt said "the weekend was such a success and we are proud to be a main sponsor. It was fantastic to have our shop full of shanty singing and we look forward to continuing our support in the future!"
On Saturday the Classic Parade of Sail & Power progressed from Falmouth Harbour around the headland to Pendennis Point. Preceding the parade was a demonstration by the Crew of the Falmouth Lifeboat and water cascades from the Harbour Tugs.
For photographs of the event please visit falmouthseashanty.co.uk
29 May 2014
Beat Betty Challenge is back on!
The Beat Betty Challenge is returning this year as a fundraising competition between the groups to raise money for the RNLI. Last year, Betty Stogs from Skinners collected £1808.62!
25 May 2014
Sea Shanty Polos!
We've just ordered the 2014 polos. This year we have listed the 48 groups on the back. They'll be available at teh festival, make sure you grab one!
15 May 2014
2014 Festival Programme
The offical 2014 Festival Programme and Songbook is now available online, please click here to view it. The programme will soon be available to buy at outlets and venues across Cornwall. All profits will go to the RNLI.
14 May 2014
New to 2014 are Shanty Stops. These are open air performance areas for groups to perform ad hock to continue singing and raising money throughout the town. Many people asked to close the road last year and so we have done exactly that and added an extra 4 Shanty Stops throughout the centre. These are at the start of The Pier, Market Street, Church Street and Church Corner. (All identified with the letter S on the map below)
12 May 2014
Gala Concert new to 2014!
Tickets are now available for the Gala Concert taking place on 14th June at the Princess Pavillions. Get your tickets here! http://tiny.cc/lv7qfx
This is a new event to 2014 will all profits going to the RNLI!
1 April 2014
Amended Festival Poster to include Heart as an offical radio sponsor to the event. You can download a pdf version of the poster here.
17 MARCH 2014
Seasalt to sponsor Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival!
Cornish clothing company, Seasalt, have been announced as an additional main sponsor for Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival.
Now in its 11th year, the free festival will play host to 44 sea shanty groups in 21 venues with over 261 hours of shanty singing! The festival will take place from the 13th to 15th June and welcomes groups including Fisherman’s Friends, Barnacle Buoys and The Longest Johns. So far, the festival has raised over £30,000 for the RNLI.
One of the main stages, on Customs House Quay, will become the Seasalt Stage and will see a variety of acts perform across the 3 days event.
Town Manager and Chair of the organising committee, Richard Gates, said, “We’re really pleased that Seasalt are a main sponsor alongside Skinners Brewery. A large proportion of Seasalt’s sponsorship will help support the groups attending the event. The continued development of this unique festival has ensured that it is one not to be missed on Cornwall’s event calendar.”
Seasalt Director, Neil Chadwick, commented, “With most of our shops in coastal towns and our designs inspired by Cornwall, maritime heritage is a really big part of what makes Seasalt unique. We’re delighted to support this special festival and help to celebrate the tradition of sea shanty singing and the best of our coastal communities.”
Already committed to promoting maritime heritage Seasalt have incorporated a Locally Made range of UK-made smocks, socks and knitwear. These are made by small-scale producers and preserve clothing manufacturing as it used to be.
14 MARCH 2014
New 2014 festival poster
14 FEBRUARY 2014
We are very please to say we have now confirmed 44 Shanty groups, 21 venues and 261 hours of shanty singing (that's 46 more than last year!)
Alan Whitbread, Baldrickes Plan, Barnacle Buoys, Bluebell Singers, Bone Idol, Bosun's Call, Cagwith Singers, Cape Cornwall Singers, Dutch Uncle, Exmouth Santymen, Falmouth Fish, Falmouth Shout, Fishermans Friends, Flash Jack, Hobsons Choice, Kanerien Trozoul, La Bordee, Many a Mickle, Mariners Away, Nankersey Male Voice Choir, Naze Shanty Group, Nordet, Pirates of St Piran, Press Gang, Rum & Shrub, Scheepsfolk, Shake a Leg, Short Drag Roger, Sheringham Shantymen, Stamp & Go, Swinging the Lead, Tavy Tars, The 5 Men Not Called Matt, Thraw'd Together, The Old Gaffers, Trim Rig and a Doxy, Two Anchors, The Back Beach Boyz, The Nauti Buoys, The Oggymen, Treverva Male Voice Choir, The Longest Johns, Vagrants Crew, Wareham Whalers
10 FEBRUARY 2014
Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty Festival is expected to be the biggest yet with 46 shanty groups from around the world to perform at over 20 venues. We are also pleased to confirm that Skinners have once again come aboard as sponsors and official ale suppliers for the festival!
The festival will take place from the 13th to 15th of June and has had interest from across the globe. The festival has grown to become one of the largest of its kind, attracting thousands of visitors to the town and has raised over £30,000 for the RNLI so far. Last year was the most successful yet raising more than £6,500 for the RNLI despite the challenging weather.
Town Manager and Chairman of the Organising Committee, Richard Gates expects “2014 to be an exciting year for Falmouth with an ever growing calendar of events with Falmouth’s International Sea Shanty festival being one of the highlights of the summer program.”
This year’s festival is expected to have something for everyone. Groups will be performing on main stages, in pubs, restaurants and plenty of other venues. Princess Pavilions will also host’s the festival’s first ever Gala Concert on Saturday 14th June.
For the second time the Falmouth Classics will also be taking place alongside the Sea Shanty Festival. The regatta will feature a parade of sail in Falmouth’s inner harbour with shanty singers performing from the decks of the classic yachts. The regatta, which was previously held over one day, has grown to become three-day event making it a fitting companion to the festival.
Sea Shanties are traditional work songs with rhythms that helped sailors and fishermen work together whilst hauling ropes and hoisting sails. Shanties are a rich part of Cornish culture and are still being written today.
Printed Programme now available
The programmes have been delivered and will be available throughout the town at various locations. They will also be available throughout the festival for £4 with all proceeds going to the RNLI.
New poster for the 2013 festival
You can download a jpeg image at the bottom of this page if required.
Falmouth Classisc will be taking place at the same time as the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival in 2013.
Falmouth Classics regatta is to get bigger and better than ever as the traditional one-day race becomes three days of dedicated classic boat racing with a new link to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival that promises timeless entertainment on and off the water.
For more than 20 years, Falmouth Classics has been a single race taking place on the first day of the more general Falmouth Week regatta in August. While it provided racing for upto 150 boats from the local area, Falmouth Classics was considered to have never reached its potential in attracting boats from farther afield.
Now a group of volunteer sailing enthusiasts has banded together to take the festival to another level by scaling it up by 300 per cent and running it in conjunction with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival which has been steadily growing in popularity.
The new-look Falmouth Classics takes place on June 14 to 16, 2013 with crews being welcomed into the port on the Thursday evening for racing on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Alongside the racing will be the sounds of salty song in the form of maritime music and shanties from various groups performing in venues around the port, on and off the water.
The group of volunteer organisers, under the banner of the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club's events company, with assistance from various other agencies and sponsors, includes some of the port's most highly qualified and experienced race, safety and shore-side officers.
Falmouth Classics will be open to a wide range of classic boats, both sailing and powered, and will provide interest and entertainment for people from all walks of life and of all ages. With the shanty festival running alongside, there will be no shortage of opportunities for people to get involved.
Chair of the organising committee, Roger Hollingsworth said: "For too long Falmouth Classics has hidden its light under a bushel. Making the regatta into a high quality substantial stand-alone sailing event is exactly the right thing for Falmouth Classics, it's the right thing for the shanty festival and it's going to be great for the port of Falmouth. We can't wait to see it in full swing."
"To host a long weekend of great classic boat sailing in the glorious waters of the Fal Estuary, one of the best sailing grounds in Europe, will be a real coup," added Roger.
The announcement comes at the close of a sailing season in Falmouth that reached new highs. The port where the young Ben Ainslie learned his sailing, last year hosted the J Class Regatta, the Pendennis Cup, and the Finn Gold Cup among other events and continues to attract world-class sailing events.
Richard Gates, Falmouth town manager and chairman of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, said: "Linking the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival with the Falmouth Classics makes perfect sense bringing events on the water and ashore even closer together. With the RNLI being the nominated charity for both festivals this a further positive partnership."
More details can be found via www.falmouthclassics.org.uk