Everything you need to know about the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail

Falmouth looks set to host one of the biggest sailing jamborees in June, marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure at the start of the 1968/9 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race Falmouth. Credit: 3 Deep Aerial/PPLSailing clubs in France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands are planning to join other groups from Ireland, the […]

Falmouth looks set to host one of the biggest sailing jamborees in June, marking the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s departure at the start of the 1968/9 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race

Everything you need to know about the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail - power-boating
Falmouth. Credit: 3 Deep Aerial/PPL

Sailing clubs in France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands are planning to join other groups from Ireland, the UK south coast and Bristol Channel to make the pilgrimage to Falmouth to salute the Suhaili skipper, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and his yacht in a parade of sail around Falmouth Harbour on 14 June.

Sir Robin set out from Falmouth on 14 June 1968 and was the sole finisher in the Sunday Times Golden Globe race. In doing so, he became the first man to sail solo non-stop around the globe – a feat that remains one of the most significant sailing achievements during the past century.

In this salute to solo sailing, Suhaili will be joined by other classic globe girdling yachts, including Frenchman Bernhard Moitessier’s famous Joshua, Sir Francis Chichester’s Gipsy Moth IV and Sir Alec Rose’s Lively Lady, together with the entire fleet of 2018 Golden Globe Race yachts.

The Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail is the climax to a week of celebrations commencing over the weekend 9/10 June.

Everything you need to know about the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail - power-boating

Chart for the Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail

Organised by Falmouth Town Team and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club where Sir Robin stepped ashore on his return half a century ago, the busy programme includes a reception at St Mawes Sailing Club on 12th and a commemorative dinner for Sir Robin hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club on Wednesday 13 June, together with a firework display.

The Parade of Sail takes place on Thursday 14 June, and will pass close to Trefusis Point, Pendennis Point, St Mawes Castle and Carricknath Point, to provide the public and those afloat in Carrick Roads a clear view. In the afternoon, the Golden Globe Race fleet will start from a line off Pendennis Castle marked by Suhaili at one end and Joshua the other, in the SITRaN Challenge charity race to Les Sables d’Olonne, France as a warm-up to the 50th anniversary Golden Globe Race which will commence from there on Sunday 1 July 2018.

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Falmouth Harbour and the Helford River offer one of the most picturesque cruising grounds in the British Isles, and with Falmouth Classics Regatta starting a week later on Friday 22 June, the Suhaili festivities are part of a much wider attraction to visit this region of Cornwall.

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Bernhard Moitessier’s famous Joshua will be taking part. Credit: Ian Dear Archive/PPL

Falmouth harbour master, Capt Mark Sansom, said: ‘There is significant capacity for visiting vessels within the Estuary and at facilities in Falmouth, Penryn, St Mawes, Mylor and Truro. Capacity is not infinite, but we have accommodated large numbers of visitors in the Harbour during past Tall Ship events. There is a good supply of visitors moorings and alongside berths available, together with a large anchorage in Falmouth inner harbour. If necessary, we can recommend further anchorage areas, taking account of the prevailing conditions at the time.’

Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail:

9-11 June: Vessels arrive in Falmouth Harbour. Suhaili, Joshua, Gipsy Moth IV, Lively Lady and 2018 Golden Globe Race fleet open for public viewing at Falmouth Haven Marina

12 June: Reception at St Mawes Sailing ClubWed. 13th June: Commemorative Dinner for Sir Robin KnoxJohnston at Royal Cornwall Yacht Club + firework display

14 June: AM: Suhaili 50 Falmouth Parade of Sail.

PM: Start of the SITRaN Challenge charity race for the 2018 Golden Globe Race fleet from Falmouth to Les Sables d’Olonne, France

22-24 June: Falmouth Classics Regatta

01 July: Start of the 2018 Golden Globe Race from Les Sables d’Olonne, France

 

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