|Sat 27-07-2024, 14:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Mon 05-08-2024, 11:00Troon, Scotland||Grayhound||9 Nights||GR270724|
Embark on an epic maritime odyssey that promises adventure, breathtaking vistas, and hands-on sailing experience like no other. Our upcoming offshore voyage is a true nautical extravaganza, setting sail from the historic port of Falmouth, and tracing a daring route that will see us conquer the notorious waters of the Irish Sea, bound for the enchanting coastal town of Troon in Ayrshire.
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 are 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.
Your voyage aboard Grayhound begins in Falmouth, a town rich in maritime heritage. The town is a delightful place to explore, with opportunities to learn about Cornwall’s seafaring traditions and enjoy its coastal attractions. If you’re able to, we recommend arriving a day early to explore Falmouth and the surrounding area. Visit the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and see the national small boats collection. Grab lunch at Windjammer Café, you can sit out on the balcony and watch the hustle and bustle of the harbour below – you’ll likely be able to see Grayhound from there!
There are also 2 train stations right in the town, close to the harbour, making travel to Falmouth easy and perfect for exploring further afield to see Cornwall’s many visitor attractions such as the Eden Project, Tintagel Castle and the Minack Theatre to name just a few.
After joining and getting acquainted with the ship, crew and fellow guests, you’ll set sail! Sail West past Lands End and into the Atlantic: first one to spy the Wolf Rock Lighthouse gets a biscuit! You will be fully involved in setting sails, reefing, trimming, jibing and steering as Grayhound makes her way through the waves, turning North to begin the passage into the Irish Sea.
As you navigate northwards, the coastline of Wales and then the western shores of England become your guiding landmarks, often presenting a beautiful juxtaposition of rugged cliffs and tranquil beaches. The Irish Sea itself is a dynamic water body; while early summer tends to bring milder weather and more stable sea conditions, it’s not uncommon to experience the occasional brisk wind or a sudden downpour, adding a touch of adventure to the journey. This stretch of water includes busy shipping routes and big ships. It is also a beautiful and mysterious sea, full of history. The sea is encircled by the mountains of Dublin Bay, Wales and Scotland, but still open to the power of Atlantic weather systems. Sailing round the clock gives you a fantastic opportunity to stand night watch with the crew.
The weather will play a large part in deciding the location of any stop-overs en route, but the possibilities are endless. As you approach Arran, you’ll start to see why the island is known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. Everything from beautiful beaches to lofty Munroe’s in a small space! The backdrop of the firth of Clyde makes this a truly beautiful approach.
Troon, a charming port town on Scotland’s west coast, welcomes sailors with its deep maritime heritage and panoramic views of the Isle of Arran. As for arriving in Troon and contemplating onward journeys, you’re in luck. Troon is well-connected by public transport. The town boasts a railway station with regular services to Glasgow and other parts of Ayrshire, making it relatively straightforward for sailors to continue their Scottish adventure or connect to larger transport hubs. Additionally, local bus services can ferry passengers to nearby towns and attractions, ensuring that your journey, both by sea and land, is seamless and enriched with experiences.
Sailing from Falmouth to Troon during the summer offers a diverse and exciting experience. You’ll enjoy mild, comfortable temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C as you embark on your maritime adventure. While the weather can be changeable, it adds a thrilling element to your journey, and the occasional rain and fog can create a mystical atmosphere at sea. The prevailing southwest winds will be in your favour, propelling your voyage. Expect moderate sea conditions, which can provide an invigorating sense of adventure. For your first-time sailor guests, this voyage promises an unforgettable introduction to the world of sailing.
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.
Overlooking the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran, Troon is a small seaside town in Ayrshire with a bustling port.
Troon has a small railway station (Barassie), and is only 45 minutes from Glasgow Central. Prestwick airport is within stiff walking distance (or a short cab ride) to the South, so travel arrangements are nice and easy.
It’s worth taking some time to explore this little gem of a place before you leave, though. Troon has stunning sandy beaches and magnificent views, as well as a wealth of independent shops and cafes and a fantastic fish market which serves the whole of Ayrshire.
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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