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Brest & DZ 2024: The Grand Finale of Tallulah’s Summer Expedition


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£1600 1700

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£1600 1700

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Tue 16-07-2024, 18:00Brest, France Wed 24-07-2024, 10:00St Mawes, Cornwall Tallulah 8 NightsTH160724

Enjoy the best of both festivals and the sail home to Cornwall

Join Tallulah in Brest, France – in the middle of the biggest maritime festival in the world. After soaking up the last crazy days of Brest and Bastille Day, then sail Tallulah with the fleet to Douarnenez Temp Fetes Festival 2024.

Better than the sail training Tall Ships events, this once every 4 year gathering of wooden vessels should be on every sailors bucket list. The pandemic delayed it so we have all been waiting 7 years for the return of Brest International Festival of the Sea in 2024.

If you dont have time to sail Tallulah to Brest then this 9 day voyage has it all. The whole fleet departs Brest and creates a huge parade of sail that stretches for 30 miles down the coast. Sail in company past limestone cliffs, squeeze through the sea stacks known as Tas du Pois and the clifftop crowds cheer, and finally enter the fish harbour of the medieval town of Douarnenez.

This is on a more intimate scale than Brest with a stunning backdrop of narrow cobbled streets, stone quays and historic fishing harbour. Often we are rafted out in the middle of the harbour, which is great for watching the coming and going of vessels under sail and oar. It is also easy to go out for a sail across the 8 mile wide Baie du Douarnenez, sailing in company with other beautiful boats – big and small.

Ashore there is music, stalls, food and exhibitions and craft demonstations. You can also escape into the cool and narrow streets and enjoy cafe life or walk through to the other harbourfront with its wooden boardwalks, ancient warehouses and wooden boat building in the streets. There are even golden sand beaches to swim, sunbathe or enjoy moules and chilled white wine from Tallulah’s skippers favourite restaurant.

This voyage is part 2 of a double festival summer expedition on Tallulah. You join Brest. Sail to Dournenez and after the festival, sail back the 150 miles to Cornwall and St Mawes.

Public transport tip is to take the ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff. There is a bus link to the rail station and a short rail journey to Brest. At the end of your voyage, it is probably easiest to take the train from Falmouth/Truro to Plymouth, to complete the round trip.

If you have the stamina then there is a combined Tallulah voyage which runs for 15 nights (16 days), starting and finishing in Cornwall and featuring both Brest and Douarnenez Festival. The combined voyage is at an offer price which is cheaper than adding both voyage legs together.

TH090724 9th-16th July (Newlyn-Brest) Sail to Brest and enjoy festival. Depart before the mass parade of sail from Brest to DZ. 7 nights £1400
TH160724 16th July-24th July (Brest-DZ-St Mawes) Join in Brest. Take part in the epic fleet sail to Douarnenez Festival & sail to UK 9 nights £1700

THX090724 Combined voyage 9th-24th July 2024 (Newlyn-Brest-DZ-St Mawes) SAVE £200 and do both voyages 15 nights (16 days) £2900

max 6 guests in single berths and one double bed fore cabin. Solo travellers welcome.

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Ideal voyage for:

Artist, photographers and those who love to see traditional sailing ships out on the water under full sail and festival evenings amongst a raft of wooden masts. After you have helped sail Tallulah south to Douarnenez you will start to feel more like a sailor and by the time we depart for Cornwall, you should have your sea legs. This is still a physically active holiday with over 200 miles to sail where you will be watch keeping and part of the ships crew. Best for experienced sailors or hardy beginners who are up for a bit of offshore adventure, a night at sea under the stars, and a lot of manourving under sail in close quarters to other boats.


  • 9 night voyage over 10 peak summer days
  • Two festivals and a giant parade of sail for 30 miles
  • after festivals get into the rhythm of passage-making & night sailing
  • navigate the Chanel du Four with other vessels heading back to UK
  • Boats are encouraged to go out for a day sail in Douarnenez Bay
  • explore cobbled streets of Douarnenez, two waterfronts & beach
  • live music, fireworks, dancing, street food & entertainment


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
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Voyage Description

Jazz bands on the poop deck – Douarnenez Bay


Brest Festival to Douarnenez Temp Fete Festival 2024

This is the second voyage leg of a summer extravaganza on pilot cutter Tallulah. Join a 9 night (10 day) voyage encompassing the finale of Brest Festival of the Sea and the grand parade southwards to enjoy a few days at Douarnenez Temp Fetes Festival.

Brest Festival Reaches Fever Pitch

This is the first proper Brest Festival gathering for 7 years so it is going to be full of energy and excitement ashore, but out on the water is where the action really happens for those who love to see wooden boats sailing properly and brave little boats ducking between the big bowsprits and tall ships both original and replica. Ashore the city waterfront has a lot of waterfront and is able to accommodate many tall ships alongside, plus smaller vessels all rafted up. Each night there are things happening from music to floodlight boat processions and firework displays.

During the last few days the fireworks seem to get larger each night and the anticipation grows for the departure of the fleet.

31 miles – Sailing with the Big Fleet

The journey between involves thousands of traditional vessels departing from the city of Brest, sailing down past the limestone cliffs, squeezing through the famous Tas de Pois sea stacks narrow gap and onwards to the open arms of Douarnenez Bay. small rowing gigs with sails, bisquines, luggers, schooners, tall ships and unusual wooden craft from around the world.


Douarnenez Festival is nearly as big in terms of vessels but the town is more remote than the city of Brest so the gatherings ashore tend to be just the sailors. This medieval town has cobbled streets and two waterfronts, golden sands and a working fishing port. Also famous for wooden boat building it had a great atmosphere for those who love messing about in boats. There are also sandy beaches and a river waterfront on the other side of the town with wooden wharves, warehouses and often boat building projects going on in the street.

chilling amongst the wooden boats in dz



Part 2 of a Double Summer Festival in Brittany

This voyage is part two of a double festival summer expedition on Tallulah. The first leg is 7 night voyage joins in Newlyn and finish in Brest, during the end part of the festival. This  next voyage crew join to take Tallulah, with the whole fleet, to Douarnenez temp fetes 2024. It you can spare the time to do both voyages back to back then it will create memories for a lifetime. In our view these festivals are so much better visually than a tall ships festival as the boats taking part are predominantly wooden ships or small working craft that represent maritime traditions and culture from around the world.

Public transport tip is to take the train to Penzance for nearby Newlyn. Return from Brest to Roscoff (good train/bus connection) then ferry to Plymouth.If you have the stamina then there is a combined voyage which runs for 15 nights (16 days), featuring both Brest and Douarnenez Festival.
ends in Brest

TH090724 9th-16th July (Newlyn-Brest) Sail to Brest and enjoy festival. Depart before the mass parade of sail from Brest to DZ. 7 nights £1400
TH160724 16th July-24th July (Brest-DZ-St Mawes) Join in Brest. Take part in the epic fleet sail to Douarnenez Festival & sail to UK 9 nights £1700

THX090724 Combined voyage 9th-24th July 2024 (Newlyn-Brest-DZ-St Mawes) SAVE £200 and do both voyages 15 nights (16 days) £2900

The Sea Journey to Brest

Tallulah will be in Newlyn for the start of your voyage to Brittany. Preceding your voyage is Mousehole Sea Salt and Sail Festival. This intimate Cornish harbour festival is just south of Newlyn, in the port of Mousehole. Whilst it is on a tiny scale compared with Brest, several of the bigger boats attending will also be sailing across the widest part of the English Channel to be part of Brest or Douarnenez festival with our Celtic cousins.

Maybe we will be sailing in company with luggers and small boats with tan sails braving the crossing, or more than likely it will be just Tallulah getting an ocean like experience in the Western Approaches. This edge of the Atlantic was a ship hunting ground for pilot cutters historically but today we will have our eyes peeled for marine wildlife. The fast tides and shallowing seas are rich in nutrients, fish, diving gannets and dolphins.

Chanel du Four & Lonely lighthouses

As the shanty song sings “From Ushant to Scilly is 35 leagues” so our 90-100 mile passage to the wild west corner of France will be timed to catch the tidal race down through the Chanel du Four.

The dark, forboding present of Isle d’Ouessant (Ushant) is a distinctive landmark on route. Some of the tallest lighthouses in Europe remind us to focus on our navigation, but the Chanel du Four between Ushant and mainland France is wider than you think, with many beacons to funnel the fleet southwards towards Pte De Mathieu and the entrance to Cameret and Brest. Bring a Hornblower book with you to set the scene. This is the famous seascape for the British Naval blockade during the Napoleonic wars.

If there is time and the right weather we may stop somewhere like L’Aberwarch or Lampaul on Ushant itself. Cameret Sur Mer is another option and great for seafood restaurants.

Rade De Brest

The Port of Brest will welcome vessels attending with a crew meal, if we get the timing right, but equally there is festival street food, local bars, or showers beckoning. after a bit of time ashore to soak up the atmosphere, then a more relaxed day sail in the Rade de Brest is usually popular. Last time Tallulah’s skipper was at Brest Festival it was a heatwave and almost all the boats set off mid morning to enjoy cooling sea breezes out on the water. The Rade de Brest is a big inland sea with several large river estuaries joining it, so there is plenty to explore and boats all around.



bound for the Isles of Scilly on pilot cutter Tallulah


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. 

Start & End Port

Brest, France

Finding the Ship
Brest is a fairly large port and there are a couple of possible places that you can join your vessel. Make sure that you have the skippers mobile with you, so that you can liaise on the joining day. Details of the vessel location will be sent to you, either from our office or direct from the skipper via text or email.

A Day in Brest: A Maritime Haven with Historic Charms
If you’re able to, we recommend arriving a day early to explore Brest. Start your day with a visit to the National Maritime Museum (Musée National de la Marine) to delve into the rich maritime history of Brest. Witness stunning ship models and artefacts that narrate the city’s maritime legacy. Head to the Tanguy Tower to witness panoramic views of the harbour and city. For lunch, savour delectable French cuisine at a charming café in the heart of the city.

Special Interests
If you have a special interest that you would like to find out about for this port or to tell us about, we would love to hear from you.

Getting to Brest
From the UK: Travelers from the UK can easily reach Brest by taking a ferry from Plymouth or Portsmouth to Roscoff, and then a scenic bus or a short train ride to Brest.
From Europe: Brest is well-connected by train from major European cities. The French rail network, SNCF, offers comfortable and efficient connections to Brest.
From North America: For North American travellers, the most convenient option is to take a flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and then take a high-speed train from Paris to Brest.

Sustainable Travel Carbon Offset Schemes
By selecting sustainable travel options and actively participating in carbon offset initiatives, you can make a positive impact while journeying to or from your voyage.
Here are some suggestions for carbon offset websites.
UK: One popular carbon offset website in the UK is “Clear” who offer a range of carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and organisations. They provide detailed information about their projects and allow users to calculate and offset their carbon footprint online.
Europe: A popular carbon offset website in Europe is “MyClimate.” MyClimate provides carbon offset projects and solutions for individuals, businesses, and travel. They offer a carbon footprint calculator and allow users to support various sustainable projects worldwide. MyClimate focuses on promoting climate protection and sustainability.
North America: In North America, “Terrapass” is a well-known carbon offset website. Terrapass offers carbon offset projects across the United States and Canada. They provide options for individuals, businesses, and events to calculate and offset their carbon emissions. Terrapass also offers additional resources and information on sustainable living.

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.


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 & bouyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • towels
  • 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

  • Proof of Covid 19 vaccination dates & status (See our terms & conditions: Basically to be safe for all guests and crew in a confined space we ask that you keep your covid vaccination status up to date with appropriate boosters. All crew and volunteers will be expected to be vaccinated too).
  • 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 welcome in oak


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

Vessel Gallery

Photos and images of the striking 44ft pilot cutter Tallulah, offering charter voyages for individuals, couples and groups from 2022.  Based in St Mawes, Cornwall. No experience is necessary and a local skipper as your guide.

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