Every year Falmouth Classics, one of the largest boating events in the UK, is hosted in the town, attracting hundreds of iconic yachts for a weekend of racing and rallying.
The Museum has a selection of boats that can go in the water, including Curlew, a Falmouth Quay Punt built in 1905, and for the second year we decided to throw our hat in the ring and enter the K Class race. After all, there’s no better way to share our boat collection than out on the water.
Each boat that enters is placed in a Class depending on the size and type of boat and this year the K Class had the most entries.
Amongst the permanent staff and volunteers of the Museum we pulled together a crew – not too difficult when you work with a team who have a passion for the sea.
Our crew had hardly sailed together before and have little experience of sailing Curlew as she’s normally moored at the Museum. When you’re up against teams who sail together regularly and know their boats well it’s a little daunting.
Though the team needn’t have worried because with our fiercely determined crew, we won! And all the NMMC team couldn’t be prouder of them.
So here’s three cheers to Curlew’s crew: Peter, Rob, Bill, Steve, Anne, Paul Braddock, Paul Mace and Matthew. Hip Hip Hooray!