No Experience required

Irene – West Country Short Breaks in Cornwall & Devon

Whether you want to really learn the ropes of sailing a traditional sailing ship or just want a taster of life on board, joining us for a trip can be a rewarding, interesting and enjoyable one.

Irene is at many events throughout the sailing season and at many different locations.  It would be great to have you along whether you’re a salty sea dog or a complete landlubber.  No experience is necessary – we have loads of enthusiasm for passing on our knowledge.

Irene loves the West Country and there 3 day, 4 day and 5 day breaks to choose from in Devon in the Spring or Cornwall in late summer. Both have superb sailing grounds whether you go west or east. Sail out of the wide entrance of Falmouth Harbour or make a dramatic exit between high cliffs from Dartmouth’s ‘hidden entrance.

entrance to Dartmouth
entrance to Dartmouth

Short Breaks in Devon

For sailors, Dartmouth has it all as a safe refuge. A tradition of seafaring that dates back centuries and modern day naval officers swanking around town from The Royal Naval College. The bend in the river entrance has forts on either side and steep hills protecting the vast number of boats moored inside. The River Dart is navigable miles inland if you are not ready yet to poke your bowsprit out to sea.

Beyond the entrance of Dartmouth you will sail into Start Bay to the abandoned village of Hallsands or around the lighthouse towards Prawle Point and Salcombe. Eastwards you enter Brixham Trawler Territory so you might cross bowsprits with some other traditional sailing ships in the Classic Sailing fleet. There are no shortage of picturesque overnight stops and the professional crew will provide you with encouraging coaching and fabulous food. 
Up the River with the Herons

If you studied geography you may know what a ria is and Devon and Cornwall have plenty of them, They provide very useful flat water sailing for historic ships like Irene that have a relatively shallow draft (keel depth) for their size. The River Dart or the Salcombe estuary are fine examples of these steep river valleys that have been ‘drowned’ by a sea level rise. Irene can sail up the Dart in her home river past pretty villages like Dittersham where the seagulls cry is replaced by the sound of curlews, herons and owls at night. 

Irene in Falmouth Harbour - anchored in the famous Carrick Roads
Irene in Falmouth Harbour – anchored in the famous Carrick Roads


West Country Short break on Irene in Cornwall 

The short taster voyages will offer you an opportunity to explore some of the delights of the Cornish coastline, enjoy fabulous hospitality and the adventure of sailing a traditional trading ketch. As the weather dictates the itinerary ports such as Falmouth and Penzance and the beautiful rivers of Helford and Fowey are only a few of the destinations that could be on your chart to be visited. As Cornwall has many quiet and beautiful coves and small coastal fishing villages the crew will ensure that you will have nor shortage of picturesque over night stops and coastlines to explore. 

Whether you want to see the Falmouth Working Boats dredging for oysters the traditional way or visit Frenchman’s Creek, the inspiration for Du Maurier’s book, in Helford River, this trip is for you!

Explore the West Country on Irene and see the shores from on deck.
Explore the West Country on Irene and see the shores from on deck.

A Taste of the Cornish Coast & the Isles Of Scilly 

Stretch the elastic and join Irene for a  five or six night voyage to explore the Cornish coastline up or down the coast depending on which way the wind blows! You will be spoilt for choice as you visit Mevagissy, Fowey, Looe, Coverack or Newlyn depending if you go up or down the coast. If you join one of the Isles of Scilly voyages hopefully the wind will be kind and your the nine hour sail from Falmouth to these glorious archipelago isles will be smooth. Where ever you stop, you can be assured of some lovely little towns, fabulous scenery and the usual outstanding hospitality to accompany the exhilarating sailing.

Irene Isles of Scilly Programme 2019

Passing Wolf Rock on the way to the Isles of Scilly
Passing Wolf Rock on the way to the Isles of Scilly


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