Next year, the sight of white sail tips cresting the horizon of Falmouth Bay will herald a landmark moment in history when two English ports will together host one of the biggest international sailing events in solely English waters for the first time ever.
The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014 will see a fleet of up to 30 Tall Ships from around the world arrive in the historic port of Falmouth for three days of festivities from 28th August to 30th August, before the race start on the 31st.
During the celebrations, people will be able to go onboard and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on-board these majestic ships where fortunes, careers and lives have been won and lost.
There'll also be a packed schedule of onshore activities from exhibitions, children’s activities and live music and a colourful ship’s crew parade through the town centre and a spectacular firework finale.
Before the race start, the Tall Ships will pass between Henry VIII’s twin Tudor castles of Pendennis and St Mawes in a magnificent Parade of Sail to the start line in Falmouth Bay, before heading eastwards en route to the finish line just off the Isle of Wight.
The ships will then continue to the capital, sailing up the iconic River Thames to the finish port of Royal Greenwich, where they will enjoy a further five days of celebrations.
Fal River Visitor Information Centre is proud to be one of the supporters of the regatta next year and ensuring the festival goes ahead.