Every vantage point was taken up by spectators wanting to catch a glimpse of the majestic tall ships as they left Falmouth for the Parade of Sail today.
The 46 ships left their moorings around the docks this morning to gather in the Carrick Roads and assemble for the parade, which began as they rounded the headland past St Antony Lighthouse.
As they passed Pendennis Castle many of the crews cheered.
The fleet was accompanied by around 1,000 other pleasure boats and craft.
The race itself starts at 4pm, four miles out to sea. The ships will form a mile-and-a-half start line, with HMS Servern on one side and a saga cruise liner on the other.
They will race to the Isle of Wight before cruising in company to Royal Greenwich in London.