Falmouth is again set to provide the showcase start for one of the world’s most prestigious classic yacht regattas this summer.

The Richard Mille Cup will gather a fleet of around 15 beautifully-restored classic superyachts in a contemporary take on the regatta circuits of pre-war years, beginning with three days of racing hosted by Falmouth Harbour and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club from June 2 and ending in Le Havre, France, on June 15.

The event will bring around 500 competitors and their guests to Falmouth as well as hundreds of spectators, crowds of whom last year took to the water or lined the coast around Falmouth Harbour and Bay, St Mawes and St Anthony Headland to watch the majestic vessels’ fierce competition.

Dr William Collier of Classic Regattas, who organises the Richard Mille Cup, said: “A lot of thought and planning went into the 2023 event, the feedback from participants was tremendous and when we started to discuss the 2024 regatta we realised that the best was simply stay with the proven formulae of Falmouth, Dartmouth, Cowes and Le Havre.

“These are all mythical destinations for sailors and the yacht clubs at each of the venues excelled themselves so we are very happy to return knowing that we will get a warm welcome and excellent racing.”

Falmouth Harbour will showcase the first events of the two-week competition featuring schooners and cutters joining from around the world, some of which are well over a century old. From Falmouth the fleets will race to Dartmouth in Devon, then Cowes, Isle of Wight and on to a spectacular finish at Le Havre, France.

The second Richard Mille Cup will take place from June 2 to June 15 2024 with further details of the events, races and competing vessels announced in due course. For more information visit www.richardmillecup.com.