Falmouth Tall Ships organisers are making the final preparations as a fleet of the world’s finest tall ships set their course to arrive in the port for the start of the prestigious race, ‘Magellan Elcano’ from August 15-18.

This will be the sixth time Falmouth has hosted the significant occasion, the previous one taking place in 2014. The vibrant Cornish port is a perennial favourite of captains and crew alike, as the whole town comes alive with events, live music, receptions and parades as it welcomes around 750 international captain and crew members, and 100,000 visitors over four days.

Across the event, there will be numerous, free portside events including music concerts, a crew parade and light and laser displays. Purposefully low-priced ticketed access to the ships themselves will be available on the first three days before the free, showcase finale – the Parade of Sail – on Friday August 18.

Councillor Kirstie Edwards, Mayor of Falmouth said: “It’s been nine years since Falmouth was last in the privileged position of hosting the start of Sail Training International’s prestigious Tall Ships race, when over 100,000 people in 2014 enjoyed the wonderful spectacle of these magnificent vessels in Falmouth. And so, we are delighted to be welcoming the ships once back again.”