One of our favourite parts of sailing in Cornwall every summer is going to the wooden boat festivals in Cornwall and Brittany. Sailing in company with lots of friends and beautiful boat’s is a highlight of every summer. While I personally couldn’t do them every weekend they always leave a residual warm cotentment inside as you revel in the memories of the vibrant collection of boats, people and music. This summer has some great festivals where wooden boats are at their centre with fantastic opportunties for sailing and generally being immersed within the experience.
May 2020 – Classic Sailing Annual Pilot Cutter Review.
The May Bank holdiday see’s the start of our summer of festivals, with the annual gathering of Pilot cutter’s at Classic Sailing annual review. Always eagerly anticipated and enjoyed by all.
Agnes and Pellew will join their fellow pilot cutters, both old and new for a weekend of racing, socialising and fun in Fowey, St Mawes, Falmouth bay and the Carrick Roads. Race as part of the crew against the other pilot cutters and enjoy the close quater sailing of being in company. With social events planned every evening it is a great opporunity to meet new friends or catch up with old ones.
It is shaping up to be a busy event with a lot of boat’s anticipated to come along. Maybe it is because they want to race against Pellew…. or maybe they just enjoy it as much as we do.
June 2020- Falmouth Classic’s Regatta and International Shanty Festival.
In mid June, Falmouth comes alive again with their annual Classic’s regatta which is run alongside the international shanty festival.
It is a colourful and lively event with up to 200 Classics boats, both large and small racing within the Carrick Roads and Falmouth bay area. Race as part of the crew onboard Agnes, Pellew and Unity during the day and enjoy the festival atmosphere throughout the town every evening. Yet again this is a fantastic event with lots going on both on water and on shore and is a favourite with all of us.
July 2020- Mousehole Sea, Salt and Sails
At the beginning of July Agnes and Pellew will head west to Mousehole on for the villages weekend festival.
Set within a drying harbour on the western side of mounts bay it creates a captivating scene with boats, large and small drying out in this picturesque Cornish fishing village.
On the high tide, those who want to will leave the harbour to head out sailing for the day and then when the tide allows will return to enjoy the afternoon and evening’s ashore enjoying the village and all that is on offer during the weekend event.
Following on from this July will see all three boat’s heading south to Brittany for the Maritime festivals in Brest and the Douarnenez . Every four years the two festivals run one after the other and is know by many to the be the “Super” year for French festivals.
Brest see’s 100’s of boats flock into the Rade de Brest and enjoy the long weekend event. A fusion of many boat’s, lots of music and like minded people to socialise with. Set within the cities docks, its an amazing to be part of it. Following on from that all the boat’s sail together to Douarnanez. A smaller venue but still packed full of things to do and see. While you spend every evening moored alongside the beautiful boats there are still lots of opportunities to head out on the water and enjoy sailing in company of all the other boats.
It will be another four year’s until you can enjoy this spectacle again. Agnes is already fully booked but we have berths available on Pellew and Unity.
After a two week round trip to France with all three boat’s being part of both festivals it will be time to relax and enjoy a more laid back sailing schedule sailing.
Pellew will be sailing to the Isles of Scilly, Agnes to Southern Ireland and Unity will remain based in Falmouth. Rebalance after the hustle and bustle and enjoy just messing around on boat’s in quiet anchorage.