Fowey Royal Regatta 2014

Take to the high seas for Cornwall’s premier sailing event

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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RegattaIf you’re a devotee of sailing, chances are you’re aware of the Fowey Royal Regatta – at least from hearsay if not first-hand experience. Each year, thousands flock to this tranquil port on the Cornish coast to sample a carnival atmosphere. Truthfully, the majestic sight of the yachts themselves is just one element of the festivities in this week-long event. Having risen in prominence to become one of the country’s greatest sailing shindigs, the regatta has transformed through the years into an occasion even those with no sea legs can relish.

Whether or not the whole affair seems, at first glance, like your cup of tea, it’s impossible not to get entirely swept up in it all when there. The entire town throws itself into the festival spirit, with activities for the entire family to enjoy; if sailing isn’t your bag, for instance, the wildlife show and fireworks display will ensure spirits stay high. 


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Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: history Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: history

With a firmly established Royal Yacht Club dating back to the late 19th century, it’s fair to say Fowey has a bit of pedigree in the field. Indeed, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake both set sail from this very port in days gone by. As such, it was only natural that a celebration such as the regatta would follow suit. Since its inception, the event has welcomed royalty in the form of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II to join in the fun, and incorporated more and more activities into its already crammed schedule to entice sailors and land dwellers alike.

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Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: Red Arrows Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: Red Arrows

The world-renowned Red Arrows have been mesmerising the crowds at the Fowey Royal Regatta for nigh on 40 years now. Without a doubt one of the highlights of the annual calendar, gifted RAF pilots illuminate the sky with coloured smoke amidst a mind-boggling co-ordinated display of twists and turns, loop-the-loops and every other aerial manoeuvre you can imagine. Those of strong stomach will certainly be left with dreams of taking to the sky. 

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Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: sailing events Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: sailing events

Of course, the sailing itself is the cornerstone of regatta week, and there are plenty of events on hand to keep even the most enthusiastic sea dogs occupied. Every day sees a competition of some format, kicking off with the traditional race to and from nearby Falmouth and continuing with daily morning dashes around the buoys along St Austell’s coast. Friday is when the big boys really come out to play, however, with the highly coveted Tribute Cup and Lloyds Bank Cup both up for grabs. 

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Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: other events Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: other events

It may be that you’ve had your fill of sailing. Or even that events offshore never, erm, floated your boat to begin with. Either way, during regatta week you’d struggle to be bored in Fowey. Throughout the town you can enjoy a series of musical performances – the New Orleans Jazz Band and Last Night of the Proms curtain closer are particular highlights, while crab catching competitions, fun runs, discos and pasty-eating contests offer welcome variety. Kids will love Children’s Storytime, which occurs most days in the town library, while a trip to Newquay Zoo offers another chance to unwind. 

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Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: Cornwall Fowey Royal Regatta 2014: Cornwall

The Fowey Royal Regatta obviously takes precedence on your trip, but given its summer berth, it’d be criminal not to take in some other areas of the beautiful host county while you’re nearby. Catch a fortuitous break with the weather and St Ives is among the finest beach locations in the country, favoured as much by surfers as by those looking to recline on the sand with an ice cream. Even handier is St Austell, where you can visit the breathtaking giant domes of the Eden Project, a fascinating and beautiful botanical complex that houses thousands of colourful plants from around the globe. 

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