|Thu 13-06-2024, 14:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Mon 17-06-2024, 11:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Grayhound||4 Nights||GR130624|
Falmouth Classics is held in June when there are no other events competing with the visual treat of the Falmouth Classic Fleet. 200 plus wooden boats and classic yachts gather in one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Ashore you can dip into Falmouth International Shanty Festival 2024 for live music. Be right in the heart of the action aboard a Cornish Lugger – Grayhound
GRAYHOUND is one of the largest sailing luggers in the world today. She was built in Cornwall in 2012 and has a 20m long hull, is 33m overall and a canvas area of 470 square meters. The original plans were those of a three masted lugger from 1776. Luggers from that time were built for speed and swiftness ideal for privateering, smuggling…or for hunting the latter! “Pirate hand-break turns” and cannon firing is always on the menu on Grayhound!
As voyage crew you do not have to have any prior sailing experience or knowledge to join on Grayhound. A positive attitude and a wish for adventure is all! Our experienced crew will make sure that you comfortably and eagerly hoist the sails, make fast the ropes, participate in the manoeuvres, steer the ship and ready the anchor. It is all hands-on and you will be a crucial part of getting to our desired destination. You will learn fast while enjoying the feeling of freedom the ship offers as you get humbled by the sea.
Some of the trips are more demanding than others. Make sure to read the voyage descriptions properly before you book your adventure. If you feel unsure please contact us and ask for further information. Classic Sailing +44 1326 53 1234
Your journey begins (and ends) in the coastal town of Falmouth, Cornwall, where you’ll step aboard a meticulously crafted replica of a 1776 Cornish Lugger—a living tribute to Cornwall’s maritime heritage. This charming vessel, with its graceful lines and traditional rigging, offers a glimpse into the seafaring world of the late 18th century.
Before Falmouth Classics Festival gets into full swing, you’ll have a day of adventure and training along the Cornish coast, guided by experienced sailors. Whether you’re an experienced mariner or a novice, you’ll hoist sails, learn navigation, and immerse yourself in maritime traditions. Then, the festival itself awaits—a thrilling celebration of maritime heritage where your Cornish Lugger replica takes centre stage. Join in exhilarating races and experience the camaraderie of fellow sailors, all while gliding through Falmouth Bay in a captivating nautical spectacle.
The festival’s grand finale is a majestic parade of classic vessels through Falmouth’s picturesque harbour. Your Cornish Lugger, resplendent in all its glory, will steal the show. As you wave to onlookers along the quayside, you’ll feel the pride and nostalgia of sailing a historic ship. Afterward, your ship returns to Falmouth for one more day of reflection and camaraderie, allowing you to savour the magic of sailing on a Cornish Lugger from 1776. Don’t miss this chance to make history on the high seas and create memories that will last a lifetime. Secure your spot now and set sail on a voyage back in time!
Participate as crew on a proper Cornish Privateer Lugger in the Falmouth Classics! Cannon firing guaranteed!
In mid-June, Falmouth welcomes you with mild and pleasant weather, making it an ideal time for your maritime adventure. Expect daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20° with longer daylight hours for sailing. While occasional passing showers are possible, the skies often reveal sunny intervals and fluffy clouds. As you set sail in Falmouth Bay, you’ll encounter generally calm sea conditions with wave heights typically ranging from 1 to 3 feet. The prevailing winds are usually light to moderate, providing gentle breezes to fill your sails.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
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.
We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date.
This is a list of the likely joining locations, but sometimes the ship can also be at anchor. Read the vessel’s joining instructions carefully for full details.
Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is ‘Falmouth Town’ (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.
Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving and want to drop your bags first.
Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St), tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.
Thank you so much to all the Grayhound crew for an unforgettable adventure. I cannot imagine a kinder and better crew with which to sail.Caroline
Thanks all for a great time, I really enjoyed it. Fastest Channel crossing I have managed!Barney
An unforgettable experienceJonathon
We've had two idyllic sailing trips. One particularly fantastic day scrambling over big volcanic rocks down a deep craggy valley to a black sand beach with dramatically high cliffs. Grayhound was waiting, attracting attention because she's so beautiful and unique. Swimming out to her in the clear waters o the Atlantic rates as one of life's highlights.Grayhound Guest
Fantastic, exhilarating and an honour to be on such a ship.Des
Excellent company of genuine all round sailors. The wind in my face and the swell beneath. 5 stars for welcome, accommodation on board, safety, quality of sailing, food, skipper and crew.Barry
Outstanding and unforgettable experience. Loved learning the lug rig, meeting the crew and other guests, playing an active role on board.Charlie
Brilliant sail on an interesting boat with friendly and knowledgeable people.Steve
Three masted lugger Grayhound is a unique sight and a joy to take photos of. Not only does she look very unusual as it is a rig not seen much now, she has a mission to deliver cargoes under sail, so she is the darling of the press. 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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