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Sailing Events in Britain - Tall Ships Races, Shanty Festivals & Classic Boat Regattas

Amongst the Tall Ships Parade of Sail

The Pick of the Best Classic Boat Regattas, Waterfront Music, Tall Ship Races and Sailing Events in the UK. If you want the best of both worlds - a sociable nautical party ashore and a chance to get way from the crowds by going sailing then why not pick a sailing voyage or short break that includes a festival or event. Classic Sailing holidays will always involve sailing or racing at these events so you are both a participant and spectator. usually we can get you the 'best seats in the house'.

Maritime Events in Cornwall

As so many of our vessels are involved in maritime events in Cornwall, we have created our own events listing for this year.  Typical events occurring annually or bi annually include: The World Pilot Gig Championships in the Scillies, our own event - Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review, Falmouth Classics, Falmouth International Shanty Festival, Pendennis Cup for Classic Super Yachts, Looe Luggers Festival, Mousehole Sea Salts & Sail Festival and St Ives Boats in the Bay.

You can be crew at our pilot cutter review in Cornwall every year
You can be crew at our pilot cutter review in Cornwall every year

Tall Ships Races and Festivals

"There is something about joining the Tall Ships Fleet that defies cynicism. Sailing these great vessels is not just a sport, and not just sentimentality. It fuses the old skills of laborious teamwork and communal courage with a new pattern of adventure and internationalism. Even the most timid and unfit deck workers find themselves rising to the task, inspired by the natural beauty of the sea and the human beauty of the great ships, and the people who sail them." Libby Purves

International Tall Ships Races are organised in different locations each summer. Typically there will be one, or occasionally two, tall ships race events held in Europe each summer.  Waterfront cities to be host port and are often in Britain.

Most legs will have opportunities for tall ship crew of all ages to take part. Classic Sailing has a number of tall ships and smaller sailing ships that offer individual berths on races each year. In addition to able bodied berths, Lord Nelson and Tenacious are designed to take disabled crew and one or both ships take part in tall ships races every year. 

Full training will be given so a complete newcomer to sailing can take part. These voyages are fairly 'full on' sailing so you need to be confident about your fitness and stamina.

See if the Tall Ships Races are coming to a port near you this summer

Finn stowing sails on the bowsprit on Bark Europa. Photo by Debbie Purser
Finn stowing sails on the bowsprit on Bark Europa. Photo by Debbie Purser

Out on the Water - Spectacular Events 

We are not total classic boat purists when it comes to spectacular events out on the water.  We have sailing voyages that include visiting or viewing Waterfront food festivals, music festivals or gigs, airshows and fireworks over the water.

Our vessels keep an eye out for famous yacht races that start and finish in British ports and we often create voyages where you can sail out and greet the fleet or cheer them at the start line.

In the past our crews have sailed amongst J class Yachts, Ellen McCarthur returning home from breaking the around the world record and many newsworthy nautical events.

See all our voyages combining sailing and Events and Festivals in the UK this year below.  If you want to look beyond the UK, try our voyage search box for Events and Festivals and choose your preferred sailing region.


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