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Sail Of The Century
6:02am 3rd September 2014
Organisers of Tall Ships reckon the event meant £15m spent in Falmouth.
In fact they say it is probably more than that once you add in accommodation for thousands of extra visitors.
Almost a quarter of a million flooded into the town for the regatta.
As the regatta fleet of 44 vessels paraded behind the 110-metre Polish tall ship Dar Mlodziezy under glorious sunshine and blue skies, Falmouth Bay was packed with a send-off flotilla of thousands of local craft and crowds of people lined the shore and key vantage points to admire the rare spectacle.
More than 70,000 people visited the Tall Ships Regatta site at Falmouth Docks during the first three days and over 100,000 people took to the water on boats and made the most of vantage points around the town for the magnificent Parade of Sail on Sunday.
Richard Gates, the Town Manager for Falmouth has estimated that over 230,000 people visited the Cornish port over the four days and businesses across the town have been staggered by the uplift in sales.
The Tall Ships Event Manager, Sam Groom said, "Our initial estimates for spend per head already sit at a total of £8.5 million but this is only for day visitors and does not include the accommodation and hospitality spend of all of the thousands of people staying in and around Falmouth and across Cornwall. Many hotels, bed and breakfasts and self-catering options were booked-up more than a year in advance for this event and from June onwards it was almost impossible to find a bed in Falmouth, so the major input into our economy is obvious."
Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Heritage and Planning said: "This has been a wonderful event which has attracted a huge number of people to Falmouth, many of whom have not only taken the opportunity to visit these wonderful ships but have also enjoyed a varied programme of entertainment.
"Organising events like this involves a large number of people and I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make the 2014 Falmouth Tall Ships Regatta such an outstanding success. In particular, I would like to thank John Hick, Chair of the Falmouth Tall Ships Association; Sam Groom and her team at Cornwall Development Company, who have all put in a heroic effort over the last 12 months, all the event partners, stakeholders and sponsors for their support and commitment and, of course, the emergency services who have played a vital role in the event's organisation."6:02am 3rd September 2014
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