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Falmouth will host the Funchal 500 Regatta tall ships event … that will take place on September 10 till 13 year 2008.

It is anticipated that up to eight of the large A Class vessels will assemble in Falmouth for the start of the race providing a magnificent sight. The Regatta will be the centre piece of year long celebrations commemorating the 500th anniversary of the founding of Funchal, in Madeira and the race will start from Falmouth on Sunday 13 September heading to the Port of Aveiro in Ilhavo, Portugal, … before a second race to Funchal, Madeira.

    Falmouth is a seaport on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall, England, UK. It is famous for its harbour. Together with Carrick Roads, it forms the third deepest natural harbour in the world. It is also famous for being the start or finish point of various round-the-world record-breaking voyages, such as those of Sir Francis Chichester and Dame Ellen MacArthur. (source: Wikipedia)