Discover more: A guide to Falmouth and Ponta Delgada

Thinking of entering the MailaSail AZAB 2019? Or perhaps you already have and want to know more about where you will be sailing? This handy guide to Falmouth and Ponta Delgada gives you an overview of the two locations you will visit as part of your race.

Falmouth, Cornwall

As the third deepest natural harbour in the world and the deepest in Western Europe, Falmouth has a rich and interesting maritime history. From packet ships, large Royal Navy vessels and D-Day landing preparations to modern day achievements such as Ellen MacArthur’s 2005 world-record breaking solo circumnavigation around the globe, Falmouth has always been at the forefront of British maritime activity.

Home to over 21,000 people, Falmouth has a vibrant culture and has become well-known as a regular starting or finishing point for various racing events. The AZAB race starts here.  

Unspoilt by modern development, the bustling and colourful town welcomes you at the shoreline. For those arriving a day or two early, there is the chance to explore what Falmouth has to offer. With events held throughout the year, the excitement ramps up in the summer months with a huge variety of entertainment, exhibits and fantastic local cuisine.

Find your way to a cosy waterfront pub and enjoy those views with a pint of local ale, or walk through town and sample some of the delicious catch of the day. With excellent port and harbour facilities and expert hands to help, you will be fully prepared for the big day, setting sail with confidence for your race ahead.


Ponta Delgada, The Azores


Located on the island of São Miguel in the Azores, Ponta Delgada is the beautiful end to the first leg of the race.

Ponta Delgada was once a small community on the western coast of São Miguel, until the economic centre of the island, Villa Franca, was devastated by an earthquake and landslide. Ponta Delgada was made a city and has remained the capital of the island since 1546. 

Much like Falmouth, Ponta Delgada too has a long maritime history, including involvement in World War I and naval battles such as the Battle of Ponta Delgada in 1582 during the war of the Portuguese Succession. Later, in the 19th century, the export of citrus fruits helped to greatly increase the economic status of the island. They, too have exciting events throughout the year which would be worth revisiting should you decide to make another trip.

With a population of over 68,000 people, Ponta Delgada has a dramatic, rugged beauty shaped by volcanic activity. You can expect a fantastic welcome with the warm hospitality of the Azorean people. Enjoy a tour of the stunning island, excellent food and of course great facilities, markets and shops to help you prep and re-stock before your return leg to Falmouth.

To learn more about the event, take a look at our
About the Race page. Ready to enter? Simply use our online entry form – we look forward to seeing you on the start line!

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