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Enjoy the Spectacle: the Start of the Tall Ships Race 2023

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Mon 14-08-2023, 17:00Charlestown, Cornwall Sat 19-08-2023, 11:00Charlestown, Cornwall Anny of Charlestown 5 NightsAY140823

Set sail from Charlestown on mini-tallship Anny and join some of the world’s largest and most impressive tall ships as they descend on Falmouth for the start of the Tall Ships Race 2023.

As well as Anny’s usual fantastic sailing and great company, you’ll also enjoy one of the best seats in the house to watch the parade of sail, as well as the Tall Ships departing on their first leg of the race.

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  • Getting up close and personal with a huge variety of sailing ships
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing (and the fun!)
  • A mixture of evenings spent either anchored in beautiful seclusion or enjoying the festivities ashore
  • Best seats in the house for the start of the 2023 Tall Ships Race: you could even climb the rigging for a better view!

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
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Voyage Description


Adventurous beginners and experienced sailors alike who want to see one of the biggest spectacles in the maritime calendar, whilst enjoying fantastic sailing and great hospitality.


  • Getting up close and personal with a huge variety of sailing ships
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing (and the fun!)
  • A mixture of evenings spent either anchored in beautiful seclusion or enjoying the festivities ashore
  • Wild swimming opportunities
  • Learn the ropes on your own pocket tall ship
Falmouth Tall Ships Race 2023
Falmouth Tall Ships Race 2023

Be Part of the Spectacle…

What better way to view the tall ships in all their glory than from a square-rigger of your own?! Anny cuts quite a dash, and although she’s much smaller than some of the ships you’ll see in Falmouth, her size makes her manoeuvrable and flexible enough to nip in and out of the throng, getting up close and personal to some of the biggest sailing ships in the world.

Falmouth will be jumping for the Tall Ships Races, and staying on board allows you to not only enjoy fantastic sailing, and the opportunity to get much closer in to the tall ships, but also means you can take or leave all the festivities shoreside, and escape the crowds whenever you like.


ANNY: Your own mini tallship


There is always the possibility of a bit of a roll in any swell, even in calm weather. The skipper will plan your days aboard to make the most of the conditions, and the movements of the other ships. Once in Falmouth there are fantastic options for up-river exploration on any days when its a bit rough to be out at 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 for day use and swimming
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

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.





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.


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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