Falmouth Classics 2018
“Westward Ho!” with the GWR taking the strain from Paddington. Leaving at coffee time and arriving for an early supper turned out to be magical indeed, with sailing craft of all types criss-crossing the Carrick ‘Roads’ gathered for Falmouth Classics. This is perhaps the largest get-together of some 200 iconic sailing craft together with colourful characters who gather around the streets and quays echoing to the joyous sea shanties performed by young and old in the glorious summer weather. A treat indeed!
Gathered around St Mawes Castle with stunning views of the classic boat parade propelled by oars, sail and engine brought back memories of last year’s Greenwich Festival. Two cruise ships moored adjacent to the 10-year-old National Maritime Museum together with a pair of fleet fuellers freshly built or refurbished to maintain the Royal Navy’s fleet readiness. Tucked away in the floating dock the much-honoured RFA Argos was undergoing a much deserved refit, while two brand new super-motor yachts ready for the Med or even the Caribbean sparkled in the sunlight.
I was overjoyed to meet Richard Doughty who now runs the Cornwall NMM having overseen the dramatic reconstruction of Cutty Sark here in Greenwich, and been responsible for breathing new life into Gypsy Moth III. His successful spell here in Greenwich followed his springing new life into the National Fisheries Museum in Grimsby.