Falmouth Tall Ships

17 – 19 AUG. Mark your calendar as Falmouth Tall Ships returns! Falmouth has been selected as the Race Start Partner for the Tall Ships Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021 race!

About Falmouth Tall Ships

As the official Race Start Partner, Falmouth is expecting up to 30 tall ships from around the world to arrive for three days of festivities including a Parade of Sail before the race start. This spectacular, global annual event takes place in European waters over the summer months and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a cruise in company between the legs. Falmouth is experienced at hosting the tall ships festivals, having first welcomed the tall ships race in 1966, then again in 1982, 1998 and 2008, with the most recent one being the Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta in 2014. We can’t wait to welcome the ships again for the 2021 Falmouth Tall Ships event.

Have a look at the promotional video below. Further details on events, timings, where to see the ships and more will be added in due course to THE BOXES BELOW in this Tall Ships section of the website and published on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Want to know a little more?

How has the race been secured and who will organise?
Tall Ships Falmouth 2021 has been secured thanks to the Falmouth Town Team (Falmouth Town Council and Falmouth BID), Perfect Events Group and Falmouth Tall Ships Association. These organisations along with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners with support from ships liaison volunteers, with be the delivery team. Tall Ships races coming under the global umbrella of Sail Training International.

What will I see?
A fleet of tall ships from around the world will arrive in the historic port of Falmouth in the days leading up to the 19th August as part of the Tall Ships Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021. They will be moored in the Carrick Roads and inner harbour, before embarking on a race to A Coruna in Spain.

Subject to ship arrivals, timings and weather, it is hoped visitors will be able to take tripper boats out into the Carrick Roads to view these magnificent ships at close quarters.

There will also be a packed schedule of onshore activities, culminating in a memorable Parade of Sail event on Thursday 19th August, all subject of course, to COVID 19 guidelines.

What is a Parade of Sail?
Prior to the Falmouth race start to A Coruna, Spain,  the tall ships, along with hundreds of supporting local boats, yachts and marine craft, will sail in company from their moorings in the Carrick Roads and inner harbour, along the coast past Pendennis headland and Falmouth’s beaches. This is a truly fantastic spectacle, one not to be missed and it can be viewed from a number of coastal vantage points in and around Falmouth. Timings TBC.

Can I go on board the Ships whilst they are in Falmouth?
This year it will not be possible for members of the public to go on board the ships when they are in the port. However, subject to ship arrivals, timings and weather, it is hoped visitors will be able to take tripper boats out into the Carrick Roads to view these magnificent ships at close quarters.

Where is the best place to see the Ships whilst they are in Falmouth?
A fleet of tall ships from around the world will arrive in the historic port of Falmouth in the days leading up to the 19th August as part of the Tall Ships Magellan-Elcano 500 Series 2021. They will be moored in the Carrick Roads and inner harbour and at Port Pendennis Marina, before embarking on a race to A Coruna in Spain. The ships moored in the harbour can be viewed from Prince of Wales Pier, Church Street Car Park, Custom House Quay and Events Square. There will be ticketed daily boat trips from Prince of Wales Pier for visitors to have a closer view of the ships and their crews.

Will there be entertainment in Falmouth?
There will be a packed schedule of onshore activities, culminating in a memorable Parade of Sail event on Thursday 19th August, all subject of course, to Covid 19 guidelines.

See the full Falmouth Tall Ships FAQs here.