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Regatta Round-up 2013

Calling all boat lovers and sailing enthusiasts, it’s regatta time! Don your deck shoes and stripy tops, perhaps a sailor hat if you’re feeling really enthusiastic.

Charlestown Regatta Week promises a week of action and entertainment from August 3rd, to the 9th. Get involved on the Saturday and enter yourself in the triathlon, or if you’re not feeling quite that active, be sure to catch the raft races, water polo and a space hopper race that afternoon with a pint of Betty Stoggs in hand. The rest of the week sees jazz bands, cream teas, dance exhibitions and the Grand Carnival.

Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week has become one of the largest sailing regattas in the Southwest! Running from August 9th to 18th, with the likes of the Red Arrows, The Wurzels Hog Roast and Cider Night, and performances from the wonderful Miracle Theatre, it is not surprising. Central to all this of course is over 450 yachts racing over eight days. New this year is the Intensive Mini Series, involving a full on three days of races for those who prefer their sailing a little more frantic. There’s all kinds of fun to be had by families, with a Marine Wildlife Roadshow and Science in the Square with the University of Exeter. For those who enjoy a fancy dress knees-up, get yourselves, your guyliner and eye patches to Events Square for the Pirates of Kernow Party on Saturday night, with music from fantastic local eight-piece reggae band Backbeat Soundsystem.

If the lure of a giant Cornish pasty being carried overhead through town isn’t enough to get you interested in Fowey Carnival and Regatta Week, I don’t know what is. If that doesn’t float your boat, try crab-catching, watch the yachts arrive, catch the Red Arrows (if you missed them in Falmouth) and watch a live band every night of the week at the Town Quay. With raft races, swimming races, fireworks and the pretty Illuminated Dingy Procession on offer, from the 18th to the 14th August, there is plenty to enjoy.

If the weeklong festivities sound a little heavy for you, the Helford Passage Regatta on Saturday the 10th August may be your bag. Raising money for the Falmouth RNLI, the festivities kick off at noon with a children’s fancy dress competition, and end at midnight. There will be swimming, rowing, kayaking, and land and sea races to watch, and an all day BBQ and live music in the evening at the charming Ferryboat Inn. Another single day spectacular is the Portscatho Regatta on the 24th August. A traditional regatta featuring a full programme of sailing over an exciting and highly visible course, races take place in the gorgeous Gerrans Bay, with plenty going on shore side to boot.

Rounding off the summer of seaside sports and sailing is the competition held only every three years. The World C Class Catamaran Championship will boast impressive 25 foot long and 42 foot high vessels from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Sweden and Britain, and has not been held in the UK since the 1960’s! Clearly, this is not a race to be missed. Location is dependent on wind and sea conditions but races will be held in either the Carrick Roads or Falmouth bay. Could this be the first win for the Great Britain team in forty years? The GCG is optimistic.

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