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Devon and Dartmouth Cruise. Explore the Devon Coastline on a Traditional Sailing Trawler.

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Thu 22-09-2022, 12:00Brixham, UK Sun 25-09-2022, 12:00Brixham, UK Pilgrim 3 NightsPM220922

Get away from it all onboard a relaxing Devon Short Break Cruise. During this 3 night Devon short break you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer. It is a great way to see familiar places like Torbay, Dartmouth and Salcombe from a completely new perspective.

  • Voyage
  • Vessel


  • 74ft length on deck historic sailing trawler
  • South Devon expert.
  • Friendly and helpful instruction
  • Freshly cooked food and accommodation all onboard.
  • Comfortable berths


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Ketch
Guest Berths 10
Beam 17.5ft
Draft 10.5ft
Deck Length 74ft
Overall Length 94ft
Tonnage 90 tons
Year Built 1895
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Voyage Description


A holiday with a sense of journey making as you sail Pilgrim along the Devon and Cornwall coast. This longer voyage would be a good challenge for beginners and perfect for seasoned sailors alike. The skipper and crew will help you will hoist the red sails and set sail and there will be plenty to learn and see on route with a range of different ports and unique anchorages. 


  • Friendly and helpful instruction on a 74ft length historic sailing trawler
  • Unique anchorages and ports exploring Devon and the Cornish coastline. 
  • Freshly cooked food and refreshments served on board. 
  • Comfortable berths
  • A spacious deck providing lots of room to learn the ropes of a traditional sailing ship.
  • Possibility of a flying visit to Channel Isles or France on the way
  • Be part of a small watch of 3-4 guest crew sailing the ship on passage
  • night sailing likely but not every night
Classic Sailing holiday along the coast on Pilgrim
Classic Sailing holiday along the coast on Pilgrim


Escape on board Pilgrim to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourists ashore.  Sit back and relax and get involved in sailing this beautiful Brixham trawler around the coast line of Devon and Cornwall. This longer voyage is perfect for bolder beginners and seasoned sailors alike where you will hoist the red sails and set sail for different ports and unique anchorages. Pilgrim is a big girl who is in her element on longer passages so you may even fit a hop across the Channel and back if the weather looks like it will provide better sailing than going along the South West Coast of England.

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 above is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience as nothing is guaranteed on a voyage out to sea. 

At the start of your journey you will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895. You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready you will set sail and the adventure begins!  During  this longer heritage sailing cruise you will have the opportunity to see marine wildlife, glorious coastal scenery and learn the ropes of this beautiful Brixham sailing trawler. 

Pilgrim Devon & Cornwall coastal sail.
Pilgrim Devon & Cornwall coastal sail.

Points of Interest during your Coastal Sailing Experience

As Pilgrim leaves Brixham be sure to look back at the picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermen’s cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.  Berry Head is a dramatic limestone headland  and a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty and as you sail pass you will see a very unique way of admiring the dramatic coastline. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home.  We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.

Enjoy the seascape and dramatic coastal scenery with interesting rock formations creating rugged limestone cliffs, sandy bays, beautiful coves and inlets.  Next comes St Marys Bay, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then onto the royal port of Dartmouth.

Dolphins alongside Pilgrim
Dolphins alongside Pilgrim


A ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart. This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls. Dependant on the weather this is often our overnight port.

The famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles ahead. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, a D Day rehearsal that went badly wrong.  A combination of an attack by German E-boats and miss timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men.

Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve sits behind Slapton Sands and is the largest freshwater lake in the South West and home to both native and migrating birds.

Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded on the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The Start Point lighthouse was built in 1836 to warn off passing ships. If you ever revisit by land, the lighthouse is open to the public with guided tours between Easter and October showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.

If you visit Salcombe and its beautiful harbour set in a stunning natural environment is another designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a lovely port to visit. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Despite becoming a vibrant, busy little town, Salcombe still manages to retain its unique Devon charm!

Dartmouth is an Area of Outstanding Beauty
Dartmouth is an Area of Outstanding Beauty

Plymouth, Newton Ferrers & Cawsand

Newton Ferrers has a sand bar and is very tight for space between moored boats in peak season, but the wide expanse of Plymouth Harbour has a lot more room to sail in front of the famous Hoe. There are several marinas or you can tuck into anchorages in Barn Pool, Cawsand, Jennycliffe Bay or hide up the River Tamar.

Sail Into Cornwall & The Ocean Blue

Once around the Rame Peninsula you have windswept cliffs and the seas feel much more influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, often with a longer swell and ocean birds and sea creatures sweeping in. Gannets diving, dolphins and basking sharks are common sightings at this time of year. The cliffs and headlands are similar to Devon but the villages start to feel smaller ….and it is hard not to think of Poldark, wreckers and smugglers.

Fowey Gallants – A Pirates Lair

The narrow rocky entrance of the port of Fowey was once home to Fowey Gallants – a bunch of pirates that would bring their prizes home and sling a boom across the harbour to prevent reprisals and fire ships. It is a lot more friendly now, with great seafood restaurants, pubs and art galleries. Wooden dinghies called Troys race in the harbour and it is a pretty place at night, with towns on both banks.


fowey in cornwall
Fowey in Cornwall

Secret Coves, Sandy Bays and Headlands

Mevagissey Bay and Gerrans Bay have numerous anchorages and places for a swim as you head towards Falmouth. A mecca for gaffers, tall ships and wooden boats, Falmouth Harbour is actually a wide estuary and several small seafaring villages and small ports with plenty of history and sailors watering holes – St Mawes, Penryn, Flushing, Mylor, Restronguet, St Just in Roseland, the Fal River and Helford River all offer possible stops for the night.

St Mawes Bay and St Anthony Lighthouse
St Mawes Bay and St Anthony Lighthouse

Crossing the Channel – A bit more than a ‘Hop’

Sailors like to imply that crossing the English Channel is a quick hop. It is actually nearly 100 miles in places, so apart from packing a passport for this voyage you might need to be a bit mentally prepared to the concept of Pilgrim visiting the Channel Isles or North Brittany on route.

So if you are on a 5 day voyage from Brixham to Falmouth (or the other way) why might the skipper decide to sail 200 miles, and indulge in 2 offshore passages,  to go 100 miles along the coast? If he or she has a headwind you are going to have to tack (zig zag) up the coast and get around countless headlands. Skipper Brendan might just pop the question at the beginning of the week – Shall we go to France?

With a 74ft trawler built for deep water sailing you could enjoy a cracking sail on one long tack to France. Enjoy the delights of Breton ports and catch another favourable wind angle back towards the English shore. Its a different adventure but offers some great sailing experience. You will probably be in a watch system anyway to sail any distance along the coast, but a cross channel romp will definately involve some night sailing. On a Spring Summer 5 day voyage this could be as little as 4-5 hours. In September a bit more sailing under the stars.

Going to France of the Channel Isles on a 5 day voyage is only a possible option. If you really up for it and want that offshore experience then perhaps look at Pilgrims 7 day voyages or a Scillies trip.  

If the thought of continuous sailing for 14-15 hours horrifies you, perhaps check out Pilgrims shorter breaks.


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 above is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience as nothing is guaranteed on a voyage out to sea. 


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 ships facilities and accommodation 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 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal Travel Insurance 



Start & End Port

Brixham, UK

Joining or leaving point.

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship!

For Pilgrim, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe

Brixham transport and parking details

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses) 
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows 

What is not included 

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels

What to Bring

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

Pilgrim does not provide waterproofs. So you need to bring waterproof jacket and trousers These don't have to be sailing waterproofs. Any good outdoor waterproofs should keep you warm and dry. If you are sailing on a longer voyage or in early spring or autumn you will find the sailing or mountaineering salopette type waterproof trousers will keep you warmer than walking trousers with waist. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • 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 – especially on sailing and walking and Scillies voyages.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for French Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where France could be an alternative venue.
  • 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.

Pilgrim 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.





Summer 2019

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?



What did you think of the food quality?



How was the sailing?

Just right


Did you have any rough weather?



Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.


What was the best bit?

Sailing on Pilgrim was amazing I loved every moment, she is totally beautiful!
Swimming ashore and snorkelling from Pilgrim to the beach.
Building a fire and BBQ on the beach!
Hoisting the main and all singing “ what shall we do with the drunken sailor”!!!!


What was the worst bit?

Having to leave Pilgrim and return to life back on land at the end of our adventure! 
Saying goodbye to the amazing crew and new friends, I had such a great time with a great bunch of people, I needed a longer voyage and really didn’t want it to end!


Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.required

I have sailed all my life with my Dad, he had various boats over the years and I have such happy memories of our holidays onboard.
I love the freedom and peace being on the water and being propelled by the wind, it’s so natural and relaxing. I’m completely stress free and in my comfort zone aboard, I cherished every moment.


Any other comments

I couldn’t recommend my experience of crewing on Pilgrim enough. Skipper Richard, first mate and chef Julie, Bruce and Bob were all so professional, calm and such great company.
Being aboard a beautiful classic ship is such a privilege, it’s a total joy to be part of her crew! I’m missing it every day and looking forward to planning another adventure next year! - Thanks Di for the great review! Summer 2019

Di F . Pilgrim
Di F . Pilgrim


Summer 2019

What was the best bit?

Helping to set sails, handling ropes and being looked after by a very friendly Skipper and crew, in particular by Lynn who made us very welcome and kept informed of everything happening on the boat. Although I am a BCU coach for Canoe/Kayak it was an experience not to be missed. Thank you all for a very enjoyable days sailing. - By Peter B. Summer 2019

Summer 2019

What I enjoyed the most was?

Every bit from the moment I stepped aboard I was among friends.

The worst bit was?

Getting my sea legs on the first day !

Why do you sail?

I sail for the adventure, the comradery, the hands on experience of sailing, to visit new places to have fun and create great memories.

Voyage Summary

The first time I sailed on Pilgrim (2018)I had the best time ever. I booked a second voyage this year and it was even better. I can't wait to for the next time.
Sailing on Pilgrim isn't just a holiday it's an adventure full of new experiences, friendship, laughter and fun.

Kate T June 2019


For the sheer joy!

What was the best bit?
Heading away from shore far enough to catch the wind which in any case obliged in the afternoon by increasing

What was the worst bit?
Thinking we might be becalmed initially in Brixham harbour

Why do you sail? 
For the sheer joy of being on the water

Any other comments
A super day assisted by lovely sun and cloud - By Penny D - Summer 2019

For the Thrills and Excitement!

"I had a fantastic few days sailing on the pilgrim, the experience was well past my expectations and this was the result of the crew. The skipper, Richard clearly very experienced and dedicated to everyone’s safety and enjoyment. The first mate, Julia who works tirelessly to ensure everyone is safe, clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in sailing the pilgrim, also very focused and dedicated because not only is Julia the first mate she is the cook, where here she dedicates herself too ensure everyone is well fed with some fantastic food.. a real hard worker and a credit to pilgrim. Crewmen, Bruce.. smashing guy who also is dedicated in ensuring everyone on board is safe and having fun. Crewmen, Bob.. smashing guy the same dedication ensuring the safety of everyone, however needs much more practice in playing the penny whistle.. Crewmen, Tanya.. who herself is recent to pilgrim clearly dedicated to her roll ensuring we on board were safe and enjoying the experience.. A fantastic crew who all work very hard in making this an unforgettable experience.." - April 2019


Eddie P - Pilgrim Guest Feedback Photo
Eddie P - Pilgrim Guest Feedback Photo
Relax and de-stress

Wow, what can I say about my first trip on the beautiful Pilgrim with Classic Sailing - it was amazing! I am still smiling about the utterly brilliant weekend. The Skipper Richard and crew of Colin, Lynda, Jess and Jack could not of made me feel more welcome! I booked this trip as a bit of an escape from the day to day normal life on the land and it was well worth it; I returned home more relaxed, a little sunburnt but wanting to just jump straight back on board! It was great fun being allowed to be involved with raising the sails and learning a little bit of history about the vessel. If you are thinking about booking a voyage, be in a day trip, weekend or it! I could not recommend it more highly and as a single traveller I also felt at ease and safe while on the whole voyage. And the wonderful crew could cater gluten and dairy free. The added bonus of it being the Falmouth Classic and Sea Shanty Festival meant there was music and a little rum to go around!" - By Kate R - Summer 2019

Early morning light, photo by guest crew member Kate.
Early morning light, photo by guest crew member Kate.
“50th Birthday, Pirate Party!! Arrgh.....”

"I hired the Pilgrim for my birthday party in October. It was brilliant, fantastic I could not have wished for better. We had the hot buffet and it surpassed all my expectations I had assumed that it would be catering packs of ready made dishes! It was NOT, it was all homemade and delicious. The crew couldn't do enough for us and made the day even more special. If you want to do something a bit different for a big birthday and something that your guests will talk about for a long time then I would highly recommend The Pilgrim as a venue." Sophie H - Private Charter - 2017

Another wonderful trip with a brilliant crew for hospitality

Pilgrim is a fantastic heritage restoration project that deserves everyone's support. I have sailed on her twice now and on both occasions the party has had a most wonderful experience sailing experience. The crew members are all very professional and caring and skipper Brendan a joy who keeps everyone engaged and involved. Pilgrim is a solid construction with plenty o interest or everyone. Get out there and appreciate her"  Terry H,  Trip Advisor Report Reviewed September 2, 2016

“Best Birthday Ever”

This trip was one of the best experiences of my life and something I will never forget. From turning up a little late (us not the crew) and them waiting to go through everything until we were totally happy through to the helping us off the boat! Safety brief provided and we were then told to get stuck in, hoisting sails and pulling ropes, learning about the boat and sea. Food was wonderful and very tasty. Beds were comfy and you could hardly tell you were on the sea! (Weather dependant I'd imagine!) Crew were faultless and very knowledgable about the boat and it's history and you can tell they have a true passion for their jobs. I would certainly return again and will be recommending to all I know!  From a very Happy Birthday Girl!  Tashargh, comment by mobile phone Aug 2016

“One Way Trip to Falmouth from Brixham”

I returned last night from an amazing sailing experience, from Brixham to Falmouth. All the crew were amazing. Brendon the Skipper, young but extremely knowledgeable and happy to take time to share his experiences, Linda did her fair share of hauling ropes and sails as well as providing all refreshments and meals as if by magic!! We had two overnight stays on board, one in Salcombe and one meandering up the Fowey past the Ferry and Daphne du Maurier's house waking to atmospheric mist!! We experienced all weathers and all seas!!! I really missed the Pilgrim today and wish I had been able to carry on to the Scilly Isles and hope to take another longer trip in the future." Thank Wendy F,  Reviewed August 7, 2016

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Restored Brixham Sailing Trawler Pilgrim in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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