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Falmouth Becomes Host Port for The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021

December 18, 2020

Tall Ships Races International, a subsidiary of Sail Training International, is excited to welcome Falmouth, UK, as the first Host Port of The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021

Originally joining the races as Race Start Partner for Race One of the series, Falmouth will now welcome the magnificent Tall Ships fleet from 17-19 August 2021 as an official Host Port. The historic and picturesque port town will join Host Ports A Coruña, Lisbon and Cadiz as they host the race series along the Iberian Peninsula.

The move from Race Start Partner to Host Port will not only see Falmouth welcome the Tall Ships fleet for an extended stay from 17-19 August, there will also be expanded technical support for the race and programme of activities for visitors.

Having hosted numerous tall ships events since 1966, including The Falmouth Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014 and the Funchal 500 Tall Ships Regatta in 2008, Falmouth is perfectly placed to offer yet another spectacular event.

As we continue to operate in the current pandemic, Falmouth’s record of successful events and experience safely welcoming tourists throughout the unprecedented summer of 2020 will ensure a COVID-19 compliant environment throughout the event celebrations and race preparations.

“Sail Training International is enormously grateful to the Falmouth Town Council, and everyone involved in hosting The Tall Ships Races Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021, for agreeing to extend their programme next summer.

“The Race Committee will need to carry out all the extensive preparations in Falmouth, in order that the pre-race arrangements are in place before crossing the notorious Bay of Biscay to A Coruna.

“With extensive experience putting on Tall Ships events, we are confident Falmouth will be able to plan successfully for a Covid safe, world class event in 2021.

“We are also delighted that this will provide the residents and visitors, another couple of days to enjoy the amazing spectacle of the international Tall Ships in the harbour, and for the crews the opportunity to enjoy two extra days of their stay there.”

Race Director, Paul Bishop

Following the withdrawal of Dunkirk from the race series, we would like to extend our warm thanks to the Host Port team in Falmouth for all the tireless work and collaborative approach to preparations for the event next summer.

With their ongoing commitment to youth development and rich maritime history which go hand in hand with Sail Training International’s values of international friendship and understanding, we are excited to return to Falmouth with the Tall Ships fleet in 2021.

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