Falmouth Classics & Sea Shanty Festival, Falmouth.
In our home port of Falmouth in mid-June this three-day festival provides a great balance of sailing and shore-side activities. The festival was established in 1987 to coincide with Falmouth week in August. Since 2013 the festival has been held in conjunction with the International Sea Shanty festival and provides a great opportunity to bring the town and the water closer together. During Friday and Saturday days, we head out into the bay for racing and fun with similar vessels. On Sunday, we participate in a parade of classic boats past the crowds gathered on Pendennis Head. In the evenings after supper on board you can either spend the evening on board or on the pontoon chatting with the crews from all the traditional boats or head ashore to the town to find a pub or two and listen to one of the many Shanty groups performing over the weekend.
Sea Salts & Sail, Mousehole
A 3-day biennial Maritime festival in the tiny Cornish fishing village of Mousehole. It was established in 1996 to “preserve the identity of the village as a working fishing village and celebrate its maritime past.”
The festival is centred around the small horseshoe harbour where you will find a great variety of local traditional sailing boats moored overnight before departing each morning for a day of racing round the small St Clements Isle off Mousehole Harbour and out into Mounts Bay.
In the late afternoon, we return to the harbour for evenings of music and fun, and, if the weather is great, a swim in the harbour. Ashore there are lots of activities- rowing and sculling races, craft demonstrations, open artist studios, to name but a few.
Classic Sailing’s Annual Pilot Cutter Review
A fun filled long weekend where all the wooden pilot cutter congregate in Fowey to race to St Mawes for weekend of racing in Falmouth Bay. Socialise in the evening with the other crew’s and reminisce about your time out on the water during the day. A fantastic event and one that we enjoy participating in every year.
Paimpol Festival du Chant de Marin (Biennial)
The festival is set around the fishing harbour of this pretty Breton town on the Cotes –d’Armor. We moor in the harbour with approximately 200 other traditional ships and boats and experience the festival from its very heart. From first thing in the morning the harbour is full of music from all over the world, and when you wander around, street performers can be found on every corner. If you need to escape the hustle and bustle you can wander round the lovely old town and look at half- timbered houses from the 15th-16th century or enjoy a coffee in a quiet backstreet cafe.
During this festival, we are locked into the harbour and there is no sailing over the festival itself. For this reason, this is a 12 night voyage so you get the opportunity to sail, visit, and experience some more of this beautiful rocky coastline.
Douarenez, Temps Fete Festival Maritime.(Biennial)
This biennial festival has been running since 1986 in the fishing town of Douarenez.
The town sits on the South side of the Bay of Douarenez and has long been the home to a large fishing fleet with canning factories for sardines and mackerel in the Port of Rhosmeur, where the festival is generally held. For sailing opportunity, this is a great festival to attend with racing in the bay for spectators sitting on the shore and, if it is a Brest Festival year, then a spectacular parade of sail from Brest through the Tais de Pois and across the bay. Ashore there is endless excellent music, exhibitions to explore and plenty of cafés to retire to and watch life go by. If you need to escape the hustle and bustle you can follow the steep cobbled streets into the town for a quiet coffee.
Brest, Fete Maritime de Brest – International Festival of the Sea
Held every 4 years, it takes place the weekend before Douarnenez’s Temps Fete in the Port City with its rich maritime history and long standing naval base. During the Festival, the city welcomes approximately 1000 vessels. Each day we can go out into the Rade de Brest to play and race. Ashore there is much to explore – exhibitions and entertainment, and on the last evening a spectacular firework display. On the final morning, we all sail together in a great parade of sail through the Tais de Pois towards Douarnenez.