Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour is preparing for its second major sailing event of the month, with the Plymouth to La Rochelle race arriving on Tuesday 29 July.

The French Classics event will follow directly on from the Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally which runs this weekend, from Friday 25 – Monday 28 July.

The Plymouth to La Rochelle race started in 1939, created by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) with support of the Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR) and the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC).

It was stopped during WWII, and then resumed from 1947 – 1981. In 2012 the race was revived and will now be a biennial event.

Visitors to Sutton Harbour will be able to see the French classic boats before they set off on the 600km route, and cheer them on as they leave the Harbour.

Charlotte Malcolm, Commercial Marketing Manager for Sutton Harbour, said: “The Classic Boat Rally always draws large numbers of visitors to Sutton Harbour, and now with the French Classics starting here it will be another great opportunity to see a fantastic display of classic sailing boats here in the Harbour.

“Events such as these bring more people to Plymouth’s waterfront, and showcase Sutton Harbour as the jewel in its crown. As well as seeing the boats, visitors can enjoy everything else Sutton Harbour has to offer, from tourist attractions like the National Marine Aquarium to the wide range of cafes, restaurants and eateries.”

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