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Falmouth Joins The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021 as Race Start Partner

November 18, 2020

Tall Ships Races International, a subsidiary of Sail Training International, is delighted to announce Falmouth, UK, as Race Start Partner for Race One of The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021

As Race Start Partner, Falmouth will join Host Ports A Coruña, Lisbon and Cadiz in hosting the race series along the Iberian Peninsula.

A long-term friend of Sail Training International’s Races and Regattas, the Cornish town will once again welcome the Tall Ships fleet as they make final preparations for Race One south to A Coruña, Spain, on 19 August.

We are delighted to return to Falmouth and, following the success of The Falmouth Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014, the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008, The Tall Ships Races 1998 and as a Tall Ship friendly port since their first ever visit in 1966, we look forward to yet another spectacular welcome in 2021.

The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021 will see the Class A Tall Ships provide a unique spectacle for visitors and spectators alike. Unlike previous events, the largest ships in the fleet will be moored in prime position off the coast of the town, creating a fantastic spectacle set against the iconic backdrop of Falmouth Harbour framed by Henry VIII’ twin castles of Pendennis and St Mawes.

“We are delighted to announce that the ‘Tall Ships friendly port’ of Falmouth has agreed to become our Race Start Partner and will provide the necessary logistics and arrangements to prepare the ships and their crews for the race leg to A Coruña next summer.

“Falmouth is an ideal start point to cross the Bay of Biscay and the team there has built up a great reputation for hosting the Races and Regattas over the past decades. I am sure that the crews will be given a very warm welcome.”

Race Director, Paul Bishop

“This really is fantastic news for the town and Falmouth Town Council is only too pleased to support. Credit must go to the efforts and behind the scenes negotiations by our team in Falmouth for securing this event for the benefit of our community, businesses and visitors alike. We have a strong pedigree in delivering memorable tall ships races and regattas over the years; they really hold a special place in the hearts and minds of so many. We greatly look forward to viewing the ships under full sail in Falmouth Bay once again!”

Falmouth Town Mayor, Cllr Steve Eva

“Cornwall’s maritime heritage is world renowned and we look forward to delivering another prestigious event here in Falmouth. We also enthusiastically welcome the owners and captains of the Sail Training International fleet and invite them once again to grace our historic port with their wonderful sailing ships. Our highly experienced team, collaborative working groups and ever-willing volunteers will provide a first-class service and warmhearted Cornish hospitality.”

Chairman of the Falmouth Tall Ships Association, John Hick

We are delighted that Falmouth will once again embrace the International Tall Ships fleet, with their maritime legacy, commitment to youth development which goes hand in hand with our values of international friendship and understanding.

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