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Tue 10-09-2024, 15:00St Mawes, Cornwall Fri 13-09-2024, 10:00St Mawes, Cornwall Tallulah 3 NightsTH100924

Let the Cornish Coast and Tallulah Revive you

“As a skipper that has been exploring South Cornwall as my home sailing ground for 30 years, I will whisper this very quietly: September is by far the best time to sail a beautiful pilot cutter like Tallulah in Cornwall. The anchorages are empty. The seas are still warm. The days are shortening fast but the sunsets are all the more beautiful for it.”

We don’t really have to encourage our guest crews to swim in the sea these days. They come on holiday dreaming about immersing themselves in crystal clear waters, surrounded by natural and wild coastal scenery. South Cornwall provides the seascapes and pilot cutter Tallulah can anchor in out the way coves that are swept clean by tides from the Atlantic Ocean twice a day.

Even when sailing in strong winds Tallulah’s sails are heavy canvas so do not flap and scare the wildlife, so its a great way of getting close to seals, dolphins, birds and sometimes unusual sightings like sunfish, whales, or even otters.

This is a sailing holiday with swimming, rather than the other way around, but they seem to go together rather well. If you prefer to stay dry you can row our 15ft dinghy or try and stay dry on a paddleboard.

In terms of keeping warm if the sun refuses to shine, then the physical activity of hoisting and trimming sails with blocks and tackles is great exercise and quickly heats the blood after a morning swim. When we resort to the boats 75hp engine then it very quickly heats fresh water for a hot shower. I cant say we have needed it yet in September but Tallulah also has a heater stove and radiators.

There will be a maximum of 6 guests with Skipper and mate who both like cooking. Solo travellers welcome, but we also have a lovely double bed cabin for couples.

  • Voyage
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Ideal voyage for:

wild swimmers, Sailors, new comers to sailing, outdoor enthusiasts, those seeking a UK holiday experience that has style, uniqueness and just a bit of physical challenge.


  • 4 days, 3 night taster
  • stunning pilot cutter to pose on
  • Anchorages, secret coves & wooded estuaries
  • spacious and well ventilated below decks
  • 15ft rowing boat for landings or exercise
  • beachcombing, sea swim or walks ashore
  • stand up paddle boards on board
  • crew has extensive wildlife & local knowledge
  • low carbon, staycation – leave cars behind


Vessel type / Rig gaff cutter
Guest Berths 6
Beam 13.5ft
Draft 7ft 5
Deck Length 44ft
Overall Length 59ft
Tonnage 22 tons
Year Built 2008
More about the Vessel

Voyage Description


A voyage for those who want to stay healthy, maximise their time outdoors and learn new ways of exercising the chilling out, whilst living on an incredible wooden boat. You don’t need to be a sailor, no activity is compulsory, and all meals are freshly prepared on board Tallulah. Sailing a traditional boat is a satisfying physical activity anyway and the skipper will show you how to pull blocks and tackles effectively.

Skipper Debbie keeps young by indulging in most watersports, practicing yoga imperfectly and trashing her body by racing gig boats with a bunch of crazy older ladies.  She likes to swim in the sea all year round. If you want tips on open water swimming, local knowledge on the best sandy coves that cannot be reached from the land then she has the answers. 

Yoga teacher, relaxation expert and keen surfer Sophie Mydlarz has been teaming up with Debbie to offer these trips since 2021. Her own company ‘Recharge Therapy’ is well known locally for beach yoga, massage sessions and how to add a bit of meditation to your life.


  • The rugged South Cornwall Coast as our Blue Gym
  • Freshly cooked food and accommodation all onboard.
  • yoga and relaxation with yoga teacher Sophie Mydlarz
  • 2 stand up paddleboards on board to try
  • 15ft rowing boat with gig oars and pair of smaller oars
  • Leave your car behind – Explore by wind & muscle power
  • yoga, swim if you dare, or morning stretches at anchor
  • We teach you to sail too
boaty bootcamps sailing yoga SUPS rowing
Yoga teacher Sophie trying out new options


Sail, Row, Swim, Stretch, Sleep

A sailing and multi activity holiday with an emphasis on fitness and healthy living. Live aboard 44ft Tallulah with a skipper and visiting fitness or well being coach. The big wide decks in a secluded Cornish anchorage are perfect for a spot of morning yoga or stretching after a swim. Sailing this traditionally rigged pilot cutter always offers the physical but satisfying effort of hoisting sails by block and tackle, but there are plenty of other related watersports activities that you can do whilst on board. This voyage actively seeks physical activity and creates space to breathe, sleep and feel rejuvenated.

Once at anchor there is a rowing boat with big 13ft oars. Tallulah’s skipper is a competitive gig boat rower so you can step up the pace with 2 rowers or go gently exploring. There are stand up paddleboards to try and the South Cornish waters are incredibly clear if you want to swim or snorkle. For runners and walkers the South West Coast Path is available at almost every coastal anchorage. Debbie enjoys swimming in the sea all year round so has plenty of wild swimming tips

This is not a shouty bootcamp. Its a skipper who wants to stay fit whilst at work, and hopes we can all mutually encourage each other to make the best of our surroundings to keep fit physically and mentally. You are welcome to bring wine or beer to enjoy with evening meals but we will be encouraging you to try soft drinks, virgin mohitos and fruity cocktails too, and there will always be a big choice of hot drinks. 

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with mother nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Wild Swimming

Swimming from Tallulah in a beautiful anchorage is often a big part of the fun on our sailing activity holidays

The availability of Wild Swimming from Tallulah is at the skippers discretion. Supervision is provided from Tallulah and her dinghies. All our skippers are qualified with First Aid at Sea but not all are lifesaving guards.

wild swimming in cornwall with lifeguard

Tallulah – voyages that tread lightly on the planet

Tallulah is a well proven classic yacht, well set up for sailing, but new to the charter world. Owner and skipper Debbie Purser has many ideas on how to make her the best low carbon way to explore Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Based on 23 years of creating innovative voyages on our previous vessel Eve of St Mawes, Tallulah takes over the mantle of flagship for Classic Sailing and gives the company a vessel to shape sailing holidays that fit this strange new world we live in.

The voyages we aim to create are a modern twist on everything that the Classic Sailing ethos represents. Hands On sailing, responsible green travel, promoting marine wildlife and the good company of adventurous individuals. Whilst foreign travel is compramised by the pandemic and climate change concerns, Debbie aims to show you treasures on your doorstep.

This particular voyage is aimed at those who want to stay fit and healthy or start the ball rolling with a more active way of life.

coasteering - rock gym

What to Expect on your Boaty Bootcamp

Leaving from St Mawes

With a maximum of 6 on board we can find out everyone’s aims and expectations, whether it is to turn a swimming pool triathlete into an open water swimming fan, or simply sail away from a frenetic world for a few days and recalibrate how you want to live your life in future. Skipper Debbie is in her late fifties but St Mawes is full of residents who keep very fit and live an outdoor life to the full. There is an active social sea swimming scene here, gig rowers from 14 to 70 who train to race, and many trail runners. Nothing you do this week will be considered weird by the locals.


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

Learning THE ROPES


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities, and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation.  There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Sailing on Tallulah always makes a spectacle


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application.  If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better. 

Climbing out the rowing boat to the decks of Tallulah is a short step. If you intend to swim or paddle board from the boat, you need to be confident you can climb out the water by a short 5-6ft rope ladder with wide rungs. 

Start & End Port

St Mawes, Cornwall

pilot cutters in St Mawes Bay

This is the home port of Classic Sailing. A seafaring village on the East side of Falmouth Harbour.

Latest Updates

Where to Meet in St Mawes to Join Tallulah

Updated 7-03-23

The historic Quay in St Mawes Harbour (TR2 5DW) is the official rendezvous for all Tallulah Voyages. Plan your travel for the quay in your first instance.

Tallulah has a mooring in St Mawes Bay. Skipper Debbie or the mate will normally meet you at the quay steps /harbour pontoon in Tallulah’s tender – a large blue rowing boat with ‘8’ on the side.


Bad Weather Alternative Ports

In the event of St Mawes being exposed to strong winds / big seas from the west or SW, we may start the voyage from more sheltered waters. This is likely to be the River Fal – Smugglers moorings near St Mawes or Falmouth Estuary. 

Debbie will contact you at least 48hrs before the voyage with final joining instructions by email and text. All confirmed customers will be sent Debbies mobile number for emergencies or late arrival.

Joining Instructions Tallulah

Joining Instructions Tallulah pdf


How to Get Here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for St Mawes – if you follow a Sat Nav you will probably be taken via King Harry Car Ferry which is not the quickest route but is worth doing for the experience.

The best way is to leave the A30 at Fraddon and follow the B3275 until it meets the A390 where you turn left for a little way back towards St Austell. Then follow the signs to the right for the A3078 which ends in St Mawes.

There are two car parks in St Mawes both trouble free and you can pay by card

St Mawes Quay Car Park is very convenient as it is where you join your voyage but is a little more expensive.

St Mawes Central Car Park run by the St Just in Roseland Parish Council  is recommended. It is just a minute walk from the Quay.

You can pay for a number of days with a debit card

There is  free street parking in the roads up from the main beach, if you can find a space. Buckeys Lane is one way so please park on the right. The private roads of Pedn Moran or Freshwater Lane are popular with beach visitors and holiday cottage customers. Local residents are used to mystery cars parked outside for several days, as long as no drives are blocked, it seems the accepted thing. As with all street parking please make sure there is room for fire engines to get through. From any of these roads the Quay is about 5 minutes walk.

Rail & transfers

To get to St Mawes by train, buy a ticket for Falmouth Town Station, walk down to the waterfront and come across the water from Falmouth to St Mawes by passenger ferry.

Falmouth is on a branch line from Truro which is on the main London – Penzance rail line.  Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK and it is only 30 minutes down the branch line to Falmouth. Beware there are several small stations in Falmouth. Get off at Falmouth Town Station.

Falmouth Town Station (the Dell) is ten minutes walk from Customs House Quay where one of three ferries runs to St Mawes in the summer. If you just miss a ferry there are other departures to St Mawes from Prince of Wales Pier, the other side of town. In the winter – all ferries run from Prince of Wales Pier only. It is about 15 minutes walk through the town to the Prince of Wales Pier.

Ferry is the best way. St Mawes Passenger Ferry timetable for both piers This has a live update to confirm which ferries are running on the day. It only stops in really bad weather.

St Mawes Ferry  01872 861 911 or 07855 438 674

 Ferries are hourly in winter and three per hour in the summer and the journey is 20-25 minutes.


There are buses from Truro to St Mawes but they are very infrequent and take about an hour. 

Air & transfers

Newquay is the nearest airport but it is poorly served by public transport. A taxi to St Mawes can cost over £60

Feeling Guilty? – Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Classic Sailing recommend Treesisters charity as a carbon offsetting scheme and we have our own Classic Sailing Forest you can add tree planting to. These community tree planting schemes are all in parts of the world that desperately need reforestation and have maximum scope to reduce CO2

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Tallulah


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals on board & refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • Wooden rowing boat activities
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboards & buoyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • Wellie boots
  • Waterproof jackets & trousers 

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!

Tallulah does not have waterproof jacket and trousers yet, so please bring a properly waterproof jacket and trousers on all voyages.

Walking and cycling waterproofs are usually adequate and much lighter to pack, so there really is no need to buy a coastal sailing jacket (unless you really want an excuse to invest in your future sailing). If you need any advice, or lack of a jacket is preventing you participating, please ring us on 01326 53 1234

  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • we have space if you want to bring a wetsuit for wild swimming or SUP adventures
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for European or Ireland Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.


Tallulah does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol, (unless it is an alcohol free voyage) e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.

A Note on Covid 19

While Tallulah's guests do not need to prove Covid Vaccination status at this time, it is expected that if a guest feels unwell prior to joining the ship they should always use common sense and test when appropriate to decide whether they should join the voyage, for their own safety and the safety of others onboard. It is a requirement that guests on residential voyages take out appropriate Travel Insurance and care should be taken to ensure insurance includes cover for such a case. Likewise, should members of Tallulah's professional crew including the skipper feel unwell prior to a voyage, they will always use common sense & test when appropriate.


A welcome in oak


Hello Adam,

Thank you for your invitation to contribute my impressions of my “Escape the Election” voyage last week.

This was a short voyage, and for reasons which I completely understand, was not able to follow the planned itinerary. Hence I am not able to contribute any interesting anecdotes or photos. However I should like to express my thanks to Debbie and Becky, and Classic Sailing, for providing four days of absorbing experience of living on a classic pilot cutter. Their professional expertise was obvious and their patience in explaining and instructing was exemplary. I particularly enjoyed the very high standard of cuisine which was provided; I had fully expected to be offered four days of soup and sandwiches!

I have no hesitation in recommending Classic Sailing to anyone, of whatever level of experience, who wants to enjoy traditional sailing in good company.

My regards and very best wishes to all at Classic Sailing.

Richard July 24

Hi Adam

Thanks for this. We had a great time and an authentic small boat sailing experience, having only done tall ships before. I tempted my wife along on the promise of a double bed in a luxury en suite room, lavish food and drink and personal service by a valet. Only one of these turned out not to be true but we are still together! 😆 We certainly had some exciting times as well as moments of tranquility! It was very reassuring having half the crew who knew what they were doing! I loved the area but probably wouldn't do the shanty festival again. It was an experience wandering around the town amongst all those pirates and a plethora of peg legs and we really enjoyed the music with everyone enjoying the bunfight. At one point I was hearing Drunken Sailor coming at me from three different directions, each accompanied by a raucous audience! Enough is enough though, and talking like a pirate all evening was rather a strain. It was brilliant that you arranged for a couple of excellent folk musicians to be on board - Alan and Penny - who kept us entertaining even in the most perilous conditions. Proper job!

Tallulah is a lovely vessel and so were the gallant crew. I will send some more photos when I've sorted them out.

Kind regards

Steve and Diane, May 24

Hi Adam

I very much enjoyed the whole experience of sailing with Debbie, and Will  (and you) on Tallulah.

Despite poor Peter having to leave on the second morning,   and Linda   waking us all  vomiting for hours on the third night , it was  just brilliant ; such a beautiful boat, amazing sailing and learning how to sail Tallulah   was scary at first but soon began to feel more at ease , lovely to sleep on board , Will prepared delicious food , and the trips ashore were fun as well - seeing the seals in their hidden cove was a bonus , as was  exploring the little Celtic Church of St Anthony.

 and  I loved rowing ashore and then back to Tallulah in the dark . Oh and being on the tiller too!  It was great that on the second day we were able to get out to sea - so thanks Adam for coming on board so that it was possible.  For me it has restored my confidence in my physical abilities,  at a stage in life when its easy to feel such adventures are no longer possible.  - and I really enjoyed the company too - so maybe the Scillies next year and  hoping to do a longer voyage when my two aged dogs  are no longer around.  The only improvement I can think of  is it would be great to have environmentally friendly   wash up liquid etc.

 Hope to see you again,  all good wishes for the rest of the season.

 Jane May 2024

Fantastic experience where we were given expert help and advice by Debbie and crew. I never thought we would tack Talulah into Falmouth harbour but we did, what a fun experience and soooo enjoyable. Highly recommended and will be booking up again soon, thank you

Howard - July 2023

This was the first time I had sailed, and although I suffered from seasickness a couple of times, the experience was something that I could not have even imagined. The crew were all very helpful to a "newbie" and would think of another sailing trip, but perhaps in calmer waters .

Anonymous happy customer - July 2023

Fantastic day! The skipper (Debbie) kept it interesting by rotating crew and still maintaining full control! Amazing

James - July 2023

Debbie is great, she has a great passion for sailing and is very knowledgeable about boat building too! Anthony was extremely helpful, they make a great team and they made us feel very comfortable on board. Understandably, there is limited space and privacy but I slept really well which I really did not expect! Would love to sail again with Debbie and Tallulah.

Caroline Spring 2023

Thanks for looking after us very well. Good to be in safe, sure and pleasant hands...It was a nice experience I've wanted to try for a long time. Thanks for making it a good one...I love what you're doing and your courage and I wish you great success.


Great to sail on another class of sailing vessel with an experienced skipper and mate. I enjoyed the sailing a lot. The crew were very helpful and the food was very good.


Sailing on Tallulah

Both Debbie and Jess were excellent. Both were good at explaining things and very patient. I have also been out on Moosk and Agnes. Going out on Tallulah with Debbie and Jess was by far the best experience.

Alasdair, Spring 2023
Tallulah rowing tender

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