Falmouth welcomes ‘home’ Sir Robin Knox-Johnston – Sailing Festival June 2018

In what is sure to be a colourful and historic sight, a special ‘Suhaili Falmouth 50 Parade of Sail’ will take place in the award-winning town on Thursday June 14th 2018. The date is significant as it celebrates the day world-renowned sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston set out from Falmouth to win the original Golden Globe Race and in doing so, become the first person to sail single-handed and non-stop around the world 50 years before.



The 2018 event, organised by the Falmouth Town Team and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club where Sir Robin stepped ashore on his return half a century ago, promises to be quite a spectacle. Sailing aboard his famous yacht Suhaili, Sir Robin will lead Bernhard Moitessier’s famous French yacht Joshua, Sir Francis Chichester’s Gipsy Moth IV and Sir Alec Rose’s Lively Lady in a parade of sail around Falmouth harbour saluted by those competing in the 2018 Golden Globe Race skippers and many other vessels on the day.

Commenting on the Suhaili Falmouth 50 Parade of Sail, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said:
“I am really looking forward to returning to Falmouth with Suhaili after so many years. I’m very supportive of the 2018 Golden Globe Race and will enjoy meeting these skippers and pacing Suhaili against at least one replica yacht and the other traditional designs in this modern day equivalent of the original Sunday Times Golden Globe Race”

Other celebratory activities and events are being organised by the town to coincide. Mayor of Falmouth Councillor Grenville Chappell said:
“It is a privilege to welcome ‘home’ Sir Robin and his record-breaking yacht Suhaili. The people of Falmouth view his historic achievements with an enormous sense of pride as was evident 50 years ago when thousands lined the streets to cheer him back into port. What Sir Robin has done for the world of sailing is remarkable and much of it resonates with Falmouth’s strong maritime heritage. We very much look forward to hosting the parade of sail and watching the historic fleet sail in Falmouth Bay once again.”

The Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (RCYC) based in Falmouth who of course have a long and proud association with Sir Robin’s historic achievements, will be co-ordinating the Parade of Sail and organising a pre-parade dinner for the participating sailors. The RCYC Commodore Bob Collings said: “Sir Robin started his epic voyage all those years ago from our Club and we look forward once again to welcoming him and all the other competitors. It was an historic achievement especially as he did not have all the modern technology that is available today.”

Following the parade of sail, the historic boats, along with around 30 other traditional long-keeled yachts and their skippers, will then participate in the SitRaN charity challenge race to Les Sables d’Olonne, France as a warm-up to a new 50th anniversary Golden Globe Race which will commence from there on Sunday 1st July 2018.

For further information or imagery please contact Richard Wilcox on richardwilcox@falmouth.co.uk or on 01326 313 553 / 07557 904 789


Notes to Editors
Written on behalf of Falmouth by the Falmouth BID.
About the Falmouth BID
Voted for and managed by local businesses, the award-winning Falmouth BID is a not-for-profit resource that, as an integral part of the Falmouth Town Team coordinates destination marketing, festivals, business training and public realm initiatives for the town. The successful BID model has been adopted by more and more UK towns and cities with the number of BIDs standing at over 300. The Town Team co-ordinated the Great British High Street awards submission, leading to Falmouth beating 900 other towns to be crowned the GB High St Coastal Community of the Year.

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The award-winning Falmouth Town Team can be contacted on 01326 313553. About the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club Formed in 1871, the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club (RCYC) is situated in the idyllic waterfront setting of the Greenbank area of Falmouth. Falmouth has long been a venue for major regattas and the Club has been instrumental in organising major sailing events for over 70 years. The RCYC is often host to international, national and local regattas including the historic J Class in 2012 and 2015, the Finn Festival in 2012 and most recently, the National Flying Fifteen Championships.

For more information on the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club visit http://www.royalcornwallyachtclub.org/
About the Golden Globe Race 2018

30,000 miles non-stop. Alone. With no outside assistance.
To celebrate Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic 1968/9 world first solo non-stop circumnavigation in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Yacht Race, a new Golden Globe Race will be staged to mark the 50th Anniversary of that epic event. Like the original Sunday Times event, the 2018 Golden Globe Race is very simple. Depart Les Sables-d’Olonne, France on July 1st, 2018 and sail solo, non-stop around the world, via the five great capes and return to Les Sables-d’Olonne. Entrants are limited to sailing similar yachts and equipment to what was available to Sir Robin in that first race.
For more information about the Golden Globe Race visit http://goldengloberace.com/