|Sun 19-09-2021, 18:00Charlestown, Cornwall||Sun 26-09-2021, 09:00Gloucester Docks, UK||Mascotte||7 Nights||MT21/03|
Your ship in this little fleet of tall ships heading North is Mascotte. The largest surviving Bristol Channel pilot cutter Mascotte is no pretender. She was built in 1904 for the lucrative pilot trade around the very waters you will be sailing. Joining you on the passage making voyage will be Anny of Charlestown and possibly Irene of Bridgewater. Bring a camera enjoy a unique opportunity to take action images of these historic tall ships sailing offshore and along the coasts of Cornwall, Wales, and the Bristol Channel. Some of the passages could be long but Mascotte will be stopping on route. Sail up the Gloucester Canal from Sharpness.
Keen newcomers and experienced sailors who want to venture further afield on an authentic 1904 pilot cutter. At 60ft on deck and 76ft overall Mascotte is like a small ship and built for offshore sailing. This is a challenging passage making journey with some major headlands to round and tides to catch. There will be both coastal and offshore passages and pilotage into ports or anchorages that Mascotte may not have visited before. With only 5 guest crew and 3 professional crew this is a full participation voyage including standing watches.
Photographers, film makers and artists will love the concept of sailing in company with an topsail schooner Anny and possibly 1907 West Country Trading ketch Irene. Harbours and anchorages on route are all about good shelter and crew rest, but the scenery is still stunning on coastlines in Cornwall and the Bristol Channel. The maritime history of many of the possible stops on route to Liverpool is still rather good.
Your voyage will take you round Land End and up the Bristol Channel to Sharpness and on to Gloucester Docks. There are many opportunities for anchoring in some stunning locations, including the Cornish, Welsh, Bristol Channel, Lundy depending on the conditions. Some nights will be spent anchored or moored, while others will involve overnight passages, and a chance to experience standing watch with the professional crew.
You have the makings of a West Country Fleet as similar sized sailing ships Anny and possibly Irene gather with smaller vessel Mascotte off Charlestown. At 68ft on deck Mascotte is one of the biggest Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters and her long waterline and deep draught gives her seaworthy characteristics similar to her bigger sailing companions. When the winds are good we think there will be a bit of friendly rivalry as each crew tries to sail their ship to its full potential. The sight will be a unique opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike
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.
Enjoy dinner aboard, with a safety briefing and induction from the crew, before a cosy night’s sleep, ready to depart the mooring and set sail. There are tides to catch to wizz you round the Lizard and then Land End. Whilst the Scilly Isles are tantalisingly close to Lands End, you may have to forgo their delights if the wind is fair to carry on or the swell too high. Lundy Island would be an unusual stop.
There are many Historic Harbours on the Coast of South Wales and the north coast of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. A lot of them are tidal bound and subject ot good weather. It really is down to the skipper to decide an interesting and safe route to Gloucester.
In sheltered places you could raft up with the other vessels and compare ships.
The Gloucester Canal from Sharpness passes through an idyllic pastoral landscape with cows and horses. This tranquil scene is brought into sharp contrast when in the distance you can see the frantic pace of modern living on the M5!
Fast tides and a sea bed that is shallow enough to kick up nutrients, will attract fish and all the way up the food chain to dolphins, whales and basking shark. Keep your eyes peeled especially going around headlands.
There are some serious miles to cover, so at the end of each hop you can feel proud of your efforts when you step ashore to explore. Anny has waterproofs onboard for you to borrow, but we recommend you take boots. Farmers wellies are fine, or sailing boots if you have them. Whilst this is May the temperature out at sea is always colder than ashore. Prepare for potentially rough conditions in the Western Approaches and whilst the Irish Sea has land on nearly all sides – it is wide in places and can nearly as windy and rough as the open Atlantic.
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.
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 facilities and accommodation of the ship on the vessel pages.
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 on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
This historic private harbour is the home port of Anny and Mascotte, but there are often several tall ships in the dock and you never quite know what you will find.
Charlestown Harbour is set on the rugged South Cornish Coast. The last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK, Charlestown is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site, with a unique history and geography. Charlestown is still a vibrant working port, with classic sailing vessels, beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink.
Charlestown Harbour has also made a name for itself in the film and TV industries, featuring in Poldark, Taboo, Hornblower and many other productions.
A natural amphitheatre and great setting for your friends or relatives to come and wave goodbye from. Charlestown is tidal, so access both in and out is determined by high tide times. We will advise you nearer to departure of the exact joining times.
Mascotte is a totally new vessel for Classic Sailing to promote, but she has been sailing with charter guests and as a private yacht for many years - mostly in Scotland but also in the Scillies and Norway.
Skippers from many of the other boats we have worked with have sailed in company with Mascotte and we have never personally heard a bad word about her voyages.
The many photos we have of Mascotte were taken by the co-founders of Classic Sailing Debbie and Adam when they have been out on Eve of St Mawes as skippers.We have raced against Mascotte and although she was 4 times the weight of our little pilot cutter Eve Mascotte was always sailed with perfect manners and courtesy and her guests always looked like they were having fun with former skipper Richard Clapman.
We are thrilled the former mate with Richard and Mascottes relief skipper Huw has taken over the the main skipper of this big pilot cutter and historic heirloom.
You won't have to take our word for much longer.
As soon as we have the first guest feedback we will update this page.
The largest surviving Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte is 60 ft on deck. Built in 1904 in Wales and restored in Gloucester Mascotte is a magnificent example of Welsh maritime history. She is now offering short sailing breaks around Cornwall from her new home port of Charlestown Harbour.
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