|Mon 11-09-2023, 16:00Charlestown, Cornwall||Mon 11-09-2023, 19:00Charlestown, Cornwall||Anny of Charlestown||0 Nights||AY110923|
Join your tall ship Anny in the Historic setting of Charlestown Harbour as seen in the TV drama Poldark. Enjoy setting sail around St Austell Bay in the ‘Golden Hours’ of early evening light. The perfect way to work up an appetite before dinner in one of Charlestown’s fine eateries!
Beginners keen to try a new activity on a small and friendly tall ship with wide uncluttered decks and characterful wooden interior. No sailing experience required- the crew on Anny of Charlestown are happy to teach you as much sailing skills or marlinspike seamanship as you want, or be your guide to the unspoilt and rugged coastline of Cornwall.
You may recognise Charlestown Harbour from countless film and TV productions. It is still used today for filming and you can imagine the characters striding down the quay or joining a ship like Anny in UK programmes like Poldark, Taboo and the Three Musketeers. This Georgian Harbour has been kept as original as possible with cobbled wharves and a small fleet of resident tall ships clustered in the wet dock.
Whilst Anny is traditionally rigged as a topsail schooner with blocks and tackles, square sails and gaff sails, you can learn sailing skills and seamanship that are useful and relevant to all types of sailing vessel from yachts to tall ships.
If you are simply looking for a few hours to escape to sea then this really is a unique way to spend a day!
Anny is likely to be at anchor for most short trips, rather than inside the lock basin. This gives her the versatility to set off as soon as everyone has been introduced to the ship and safety briefings – whatever the state of tide. Guest crew and baggage will be taken out to the ship by boat, so you can admire your ships design lines as you approach. Anny is the flagship of Charlestown and owned by the harbour, so if you have a query the harbour staff can help.
In the event of bad weather in the wide Bay off Charlestown, the more sheltered Fowey Harbour is a short car ride away, and you will be informed of the arrangements in advance, or given a lift on the day.
The skipper is a local and knows how to get the best out of the different wind directions and how the coastline of bays, headlands and drowned river valleys can be used to create the most enjoyable sailing for your day onboard.
The Gulf Stream provides unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins (common, bottlenose and risso’s dolphin), porpoises, whales and giant basking sharks.
The beauty of coastal wandering in local waters is the skipper can find the best sailing angles for the most enjoyable sailing. Mevagissey and St Austell Bay can offer sheltered waters. In fine weather you can head as far offshore as you want for more wind, ocean swell and a good blast.
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 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.
We had the best time . Phil the Captain, Lucy and Coby were really great. We couldn’t fault our 4 days away and would gladly do it again.
The trip was about going too the Scillies, sadly we didn't manage to go due to the weather, however the crew quickly came up with plan B, this was agreed by all and we very quickly got over our dissapointment because the crew made such a great effort in Plan B, we enjoyed the great mix of sailing and trips ashore the crew looked after all our needs being helpfully to all during the trip. The crew of only three worked really hard ensuring we were happy and safe.
Beautiful ship, professional and very kind crew. Absolutely lovely experience!
Anny is an absolutely stunning boat, and the crew could not have done more to make our holiday magical and relaxing.
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.
Beautiful clean boat. Great hospitality! Would totally recommend this lovely boat.
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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