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Sun 17-07-2022, 18:00Bristol, UK Sat 23-07-2022, 10:00Charlestown, Cornwall Anny of Charlestown 6 NightsAY170722

Jump onboard Anny as she returns from Bristol docks. This is a very interesting voyage as you head south west down the Bristol Channel. Passing the Falt and Steep Holme islands. Lundy might be a possible stop but it is more likely to be the Isles of Scilly if time and weather permit. Mounts Bay and St Michaels Mount or options before you round the Lizard and head north east for the Dodman and Charlestown.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • Journeying under sail with 2 fine historic ships
  • Watch keeping experience – day and night sailing
  • Longer passages with a few possible stops
  • Scilly or Lundy are both possible
  • Under the Clifton Suspension Bridge

Anny of Charlestown

Sailing Areas Cornwall
Vessel type / Rig Topsail Schooner
Guest Berths 7
Beam 1602ft
Draft 9ft
Deck Length 63ft
Overall Length 89ft
Year Built 1930
More about the Vessel

Voyage Description


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 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. 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. 

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival returns from 15 – 18 July 2022 for its 50th anniversary edition. 

The festival attracts over 250,000 visitors to enjoy over 120 hours of entertainment, across seven stages from spoken word to the latest Bristol musical talent, local dance performers, world class circus and on-water activity.

Each area of the one mile long festival is carefully developed by the Bristol Harbour Festival programmers Cirque Bijou, Thekla, Trinity Community Arts, Tony Benjamin, My Future My Choice, Rebecca Tantony, Grain Barge, Brunel’s ss Great Britain and Jelli Records. A fleet of feature vessels are expected in the harbour as well as over 300 visiting boats, yachts and ships.


  • Journeying under sail with other fine historic ships
  • Watch keeping experience – day and night sailing
  • Longer passages with a few possible stops
  • Scilly or Lundy may be possible
  • Wales, Devon, Somerset or Cornwall Ports
Sailing Holidays on Anny of Charlestown with Classic Sailing
immerse yourself in traditional sailing


The same voyage as to Bristol from Charlestown but in reverse order.

Your voyage will take you round Land End and up the Bristol Channel to Bristol 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.

Sailing Holidays on Anny of Charlestown with Classic Sailing
anny under sail

West Country ‘Fleet’ sets sail.

You have the makings of a West Country Fleet as similar sized sailing ships like Mascotte. 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.

Tides to Catch & Headlands to Round

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. Lundy Island would be an unusual stop. There are tides to catch to whiz you round Land’s End and then the Lizard. 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. 

Bristol Channel & Wales

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.

Sailing Holidays on Mascotte with Classic Sailing
sail in company with mascotte

Wildlife – Rich Seas for fish, birds & Cetaceans

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.

Mascotte coming at you
Mascotte coming TOWARDS you


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.

Start & End Port

Bristol, UK

Often, the exact location in Bristol won’t be confirmed until much closer to the time. Make sure you make a note of the ship’s phone number found in your final confirmation for any problems on the day.

Below is the likely joining location for voyages with Irene in 2018.

Charlestown, Cornwall

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.

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses) 
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers - but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer

What is not included 

  • towels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • wellie boots

What to Bring

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

Anny does have waterproof jacket and trousers you can borrow in a variety of sizes. if you have your own outdoor waterproof of any type you might want to bring your own so you know you can get a good fit.

 If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022

  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a heavy 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.
  • 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 Pilgrims deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore 
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for French 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.

Anny does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.



Anny is a new Charter boat owned by Charlestown Harbour. 2020 will be her first season in Cornwall, offering residential sailing holidays, so we don't have any feedback yet from her sailing guests.

Anny has been in the dock in Charlestown since 2019, but the lovely living space aboard Anny has not been unoccupied.  She has been offering Air B&B and tourists and travellers have been taking advantage of the unique setting in Poldark's famous port.


Here are a few Air B&B reviews for Anny this winter.


Alex 2019:

Anny is an absolutely stunning boat, and the crew could not have done more to make our stay magical and relaxing.


Neil 2019:

We had such a great weekend on Anny. She is a beautiful boat and the photos don't do her justice. She is well kitted out with a very comfortable galley area and the beds are all very comfy and cosy.


Laura 2019:

Beautiful clean boat, duvets and bedding amazing. Great hospitality! Would totally recommend this lovely boat.


Raymond 2020:

The ship is a beautiful unique way to spend your nights. Great facilities, stunning interior and the harbour is kept perfectly smooth from the sea barrier. Steeped in history Charlestown is a fascinating place to spend a few days! I would definitely recommend anyone and everyone to book here and give it a go. You won’t regret it!

Vessel Gallery

Anny of Charlestown is a beautiful topsail schooner operating on the Coast of Cornwall for the first time, after years as a charter vessel in Europe and the Caribbean (as Fiddlers Green). She was built in Denmark in 1930 and her massive oak timbers create that homely and solid feel that only wooden sailing vessels can provide. We think she will turn many heads along the headlands, beaches and historic ports of Cornwall as well as further afield. A great mix of gaff sails and square sails on this pocket tall ship that only sleeps 8 guest crew.

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