Sailing in Cornwall
Sailing in Cornwall is a very popular pasttime and has some of the best sailing waters in the UK. If you havent yet tried it, now is the time!
Cornwall has a fantastic coastline composed of dramatic cliffs, drawn out beaches, peaceful rivers and estuary's and windy coastal stretches. It therefore comes at no surprise that Cornwall is ideal for the sailing and water sport enthusiast. Sailing in Cornwall is immensely popular and is one of the most participated past times during the summer months along with other water sports such as water skiing, wind surfing, kayaking, canoeing and diving.
The blue waters, clean beaches and warm weather is enough to draw even the most stubborn land lubber to the waters edge! As sailing and boating in Cornwall is such a popular holiday activity, it comes as no surprise that there are also many sailing regatta's organised around Cornwall's Coast all year round. The most well known and by far the largest sailing regatta in Cornwall is of course Falmouth Week. Falmouth week takes place in August and attracts a huge variety or sailing vessels and motorboats where they congregate to spectate or take part in the Sailing Regatta. It's based in Falmouth, Cornwall and sailing races and events take place along the Carrick Roads, in the Falmouth Esturay and out to sea.
Many town and village sailing clubs organise racing themselves and in addition put on shore side events to keep everyone entertained in the evenings. Falmouth Week Regatta truly is a celebration of Sailing in Cornwall. Cornwall is also an ideal place for the sailing novice and there are many sailing schools offering taster courses and full blown RYA courses and these offer an excellent introduction to the world of sailing. For the taster courses no experience is necessary and the cost is not as great as one may think. Trysail and Classic Sailing are two such companies offering RYA courses and introductory sailing courses.
Trysail is based in Falmouth Marina and Classic Sailing operate from St Mawes. Often its not feasible to purchase a Sailing Yacht outright and yacht chartering can offer a sensible solution for short term yacht hire. Yachts may be hired with or without a skipper (experience & qualifications required) and are available for short sailing journeys over a few days, to longer periods of time. Again the cost of chartering a sailing yacht is not prohibitive especially if the costs are split between a number of persons. Cornwall has many Yacht Chartering companies around the coast and many are coupled with Sailing Schools. Cornwall is also home to a large number of commercial fishing boats and ports such as Newlyn, where there is also a commercial fish market, are an interesting place to visit to see the fishing fleets and boats in operation.
All over the coast there are also smaller fishing vessels engaged in catching Crabs, Lobsters and other shellfish all destined for Cornish Restaurants, Pubs, and hotels. There is therefore a healthy number of fish restaurants offering locally caught fish throughout the year. Sailing in Cornwall is truly wonderful with interesting coves, blue waters and excellent facilities it is no doubt one of the best places to go sailing in the UK and if vessels are going across the Atlantic, Cornwall is the obvious choice from where to start the Voyage. If you haven't tried sailing, Cornwall is the perfect place to start!