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Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival grows into a weekend festival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

Classic boats Victory and Warrior take part in the Falmouth Classics  regatta with Pendennis Castle  in the background

Classic boats Victory and Warrior take part in the Falmouth Classics regatta with Pendennis Castle in the background

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A traditional one-day sailing event is to become three days of dedicated classic boat racing with a new link to the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival.

For more than 20 years, the Falmouth Classics regatta 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 up to 150 boats from the local area, it was considered to have never reached its potential in attracting boats from further afield.

Next summer it will be run in conjunction with the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival which has been steadily growing in popularity.

Roger Hollingsworth, chairman of the organising committee, said: "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."

The new-look Falmouth Classics will take place on June 14-16 with crews being welcomed into the port on the Thursday evening for racing on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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