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Charlestown Harbour’s Classic Festival of Sail is postponed

Charlestown Harbour’s Classic Festival of Sail is postponed

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:54am 14th July 2020.

Photos: James Pearce

Charlestown Harbour’s Classic Festival of Sail has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus crisis.

The three-day festival, the first of which was held last August, is a celebration of Charlestown’s maritime history and classic sail. 

It is with heavy hearts the Harbour team must delay the celebrations until next year but they feel it is both the right and responsible thing to do.

The event was set to take place this September, bringing together over 25 classic sailing ships into St Austell bay and Charlestown Harbour.

The festivities begin with a fleet of classic ships arriving with a Parade of Sail - which is a beautiful sight to behold – before three days of sailing in the bay alongside a host of harbourside events, live music, sea shanties, entertainment and food and drink.

Charlestown Harbour’s Classic Festival of Sail

“Although a very tough decision and one we didn’t take lightly, our team feel postponing until 2021 is what’s necessary to help keep everyone safe.

"We know, like us, many will be left disappointed but we’re very thankful to the visitors and the residents of Charlestown for their understanding and support during this challenging time. The sailing crews are already looking forward to visiting us for the festival next year!”

Jessy Atkinson, Charlestown Harbour’s Vessel Manager

The dates for 2021 are currently being confirmed and hoped to be announced very shortly.

Charlestown Harbour’s Classic Festival of Sail

Bosses say there are still plenty of reasons to visit Charlestown Harbour over the summer. For the first time in living memory the historic inner harbour is open, without charge, for guests to explore.

There is also plenty of places to eat and drink on the harbourside too – with the return of HarbourQ (the smoking harbour BBQ from the team behind The Longstore), the Rum Sailor (now in their new location – tucked within a former china clay dry in harbour wall) and the newly introduced Cubs Coffee and Charlestown Fish Company.

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