Flushing Sailing Club

Flushing Sailing Club

Situation normal (for 2020)

In order to conform to the Government's directives and guidelines all racing this year will be in the form of pursuits. This has worked well with up to 35 boats taking part. Details will be published here, and in the Club's Newsletter. Also check out the FaceBook page for various announcements.

We were pleased to host the first class specific event in the Harbour following the pandemic lockdown, the Sunbeam Windward/‌Leeward Event, on Saturday July 18th. Results.

And in the midst of this, we are still making substantial progress on the Clubhouse Redevelopment. Follow the Centenary Appeal link for more information.


  1. We are working hard to re-open the Clubhouse and facilities. The bar will be open, access from the french windows on the quay; the toilets may be entered via the normal front door, but the door to the main room should not be used.
  2. Tuesday's Sailing Suppers are back, in a reduced form. The inestimable Charlie Choak began the process with pasties, but now Denise our caterer will start providing some sustenance. Saturday teas have been suspended. Bring a flask.
  3. The Club slipway has been cleared and made useable for members to launch their tenders. Please respect social distancing when doing so.
  4. The Club launch will be running on Tuesday from August 4th. It will take individual crews to their boats. We are unable to run the launch on Saturdays.
  5. Racing is run under strict guidelines and in keeping with the requirement for social distancing.

Flushing Sailing Club is a truly amazing, flourishing, sailing club running the best yacht racing in the port of Falmouth.

Founded in 1921 for the benefit of Flushing residents, the club is situated on the New Quay commanding stunning and panoramic views of the inner Falmouth Harbour and the reaches of the Penryn River.

The club has a long history of providing exhilarating and competitive racing for yachts in and around the Carrick Roads as well as coastal and offshore events. A strong involvement with the Sunbeam class during the early years of both the Club and the Sunbeam class continues. We enjoy the full support and participation of the Falmouth Working Boats Association.

With their distinctive topsails, the working boats and the gaffers are a symbol of the region and continue a traditional form of sailing. But the club supports contemporary yachts too, providing competitive and friendly racing for many classes.

Most racing takes place in the Carrick Roads and Falmouth Bay, usually finishing on the club line (an imaginary line between ourselves and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club). During the summer we can expect around 50 boats racing on a Tuesday evening, and an awesome number of yachts setting sail for their Saturday afternoon races. They make a grand sight as they come up the harbour to the finish line.

Members are joined together by their love of sailing, but being a visitor friendly club, non-members are also invited to share our facilities on Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon racing throughout the season.

Flushing Sailing Club has been honoured to host the main prizegiving for the whole of Falmouth Sailing Week. It was a day to remember for all competing sailors and families. We look forward to hosting the 2020 prizegiving.

And we are inordinately proud that Pete Goss MBE consented to become an Honorary Life Member of the Club, together with Bill Hunt, Nessa Simcock and Harold Martin.

A potted history of the first 75 years of the Club is available here. We are looking forward to 2021, our centenary year.

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Lockdown Lectures

If you didn't manage to get along to the well-received Lockdown Lectures at the beginning of June, these Zoom replays will be the next best thing. Hosted by Dave Owens (and Mandy, of course).

  1. , Mark Rushall, 1 June 2020: Upwind – The Big Picture,
  2. Mark Rushall, 8 June: Negotiating the Obstacles Downwind
  3. Andy Ash-Vie, 15 June: Handling and Managing Sheet & Halyard Loads

Race Calendar

A ‘new’ Race Calendar has been issued which takes account of the lost dates at the beginning of the season and the canceled Village Regattas.

Covid Response

Details of FSC's response to the challenge of the coronavirus can be found here.

Pursuit Series

Start times for the Falmouth Tyres Pursuit series, and for the Choak's Pasties' Pursuit series.

Also check the details of these pursuits here.


Amendment to the NoR, and to the SIs are published here.

Talking Heads

Just before we entered lockdown, Gaye Slater, our Commodore, interviewed a few club members as part of another project. To remind you of the Club and see a couple of friendly (!) faces, we decided to offer a couple of them to you all. The first two are from one of our oldest members, and one of our younger non-members, covering our wide age appeal. To find out more, folloow this link.

SI booklet

You should have received, or will shortly, the Club's SI booklet. Obviously it's all a bit theoretical at the moment, but we wanted you to have some physical evidence that the Club still exists and thrives. Remember the booklet is supported by sponsorship. Many of those sponsors are facing a very uncertain future. Our (and your) support for them now and in the future is vital.

And normally (!) we wouldn't send the SIs out by post, but expect you to collect them from the Clubhouse. But these are challenging times, and you are worth it!

2020 NoR

The 2020 Notice of Race is now available.


We are a friendly sailing club and always welcome new members. If you would like to join, please follow this link for membership details. Or come along any Tuesday evening, or on a Saturday afternoon through the sailing season. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome.

A short (2 minutes) promotional video was created by Katie Barker and Nick Bray, journalism students at Falmouth University.

Development Plan

The Club's Development Plan is available here.


We send out a newsletter to all Club members on a monthly basis to provide some up-to-date information on what is going on at the Club. Why haven't you received yours? Perhaps because you aren't a member, we don't have an email address for you, or it's in your spam folder. All three can be easily rectified.

Social Media

You can now follow the Club on Facebook. Simply click on the icon and ‘like’ the page, and news will be delivered to you. We also have a `closed' group which can be available to all members. Just ask to be added. It allows us to share with Club members rather than the whole world.

The page features reminders and updates to all our activities.

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