Falmouth dragon boat races return for 2022
A prestigious national sailing race will return to Falmouth next year thanks to a new maritime partnership between the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club and the Falmouth Harbor Commissioners.
The Edinburgh Cup is the British Open National Championship for Dragon Class boats – 9m keel boats, raced by crews of three.
It is hoped that more than 30 Dragons will take part in the competition, which takes place in Falmouth for the first time since 2009. Boats will arrive in town on July 2 and races will be held daily until July 9.
An opening ceremony will be held at the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club to welcome the sailors and kick off the event. A gala dinner on the last evening will also be organized.
The fleet will be moored at Falmouth Haven and launched at the Watersports Center. The first 48 hours will see the Dragons race in the Southern Zone Regional Championships, with the British Open National Championship taking place over the following four days.
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Dragons are sleek, fast boats, and success in competition requires navigation skills, fine tuning, boat handling, teamwork, and tactics. It’s a very competitive class with many mixed crews.
Race director Robin Taylor (pictured) said it was a real honor for Falmouth to host the Edinburgh Cup again. “It takes a big team effort upstream and during the event,” he said. “It already brings together local sailing experts from across the region. We work with the support of the Flushing Sailing Club and the Mylor Sailing Club.
The racing officer is Nigel Sharp, who is the president of the Port of Falmouth Sailing Association. Neil Andrew, who has extensive experience in organizing racing events, is in charge of all courses.
Robin says the work is well advanced, although there are still nine months left. “We need to publish our notice of race and sailing instructions well in advance so that the competitors can plan, register and prepare.
Obviously this is a big boost for the city at a quieter time just before the school holidays, and if we are organized early it makes it easier for everyone to enjoy what will be a fantastic event.