In August, the Tall Ships visited Falmouth for the first time since the race to Funchal six years ago.
From here there was a race to the Isle of Wight and then a cruise in company to Royal Greenwich. The largest ship that could have raced was the Russian 4-masted barque Kruzenshtern, but she didn’t come to Falmouth because she was involved with the sinking of the tug Diver Master at Esbjerg in Denmark.
Some 47 sailing ships raced, in light winds, and the Polish full rigged training ship Dar Mlodziezy won the large square-rigger class. The brig Stavros S. Niarchos, sailing with a full complement of trainees, had hoped to beat the Dar Mlodziezy but failed to cross the line before the tide turned. The overall winner was the small gaff yawl Duet and in the Parade of Sail down the Thames from Greenwich the larger sailing vessels dwarfed her. The last time the Tall Ships visited the Thames was in 1989 when they were berthed in the Lower Pool of London, while this time they were berthed around Greenwich.
Amongst the smaller square-riggers was the smart Maldon based charter brigantine Lady of Avenel, a former Polish tug. Another Lady of Avenel was built at Falmouth in 1874 for the Newfoundland salt fish trade. After World War I Captain Dowman, had this 99ft brigantine as a sail training ship before he owned the Cutty Sark at Falmouth. In 1933 Frank Curtis converted the brigantine to a yacht at Looe. It appears that this brigantine finished up in Holes Bay, Poole in about 1955 and has since rotted away.