|Wed 07-06-2023, 15:00St Nazaire, Brittany||Fri 09-06-2023, 11:00Penzance, Cornwall||Grayhound||2 Nights||GR070623|
When you think of ‘Traditional Sailing’, images of romantic hazy summer days, bare feet on a worn wooded deck and the creaking of ropes come to mind. While that is the case for many of our voyages, traditional boats were built for traditional purposes and getting cargo from A-B was one of the main ones! You will not get closer to experiencing the life of traditional sailing than with a cargo run aboard Grayhound
|Vessel type / Rig||Three Masted Lugger|
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
When you think of ‘Traditional Sailing’, images of romantic hazy summer days, bare feet on a worn wooded deck and the creaking of ropes come to mind. While that is the case for many of our voyages, traditional boats were built for traditional purposes and getting cargo from A-B was one of the main ones! You will not get closer to experiencing the life of traditional sailing than a cargo run with Grayhound. A unique chance to partake in an eco-cargo, wind-powered delivery of wine, beer, clothes or other dry merchandise. Just like the luggers 250 years ago Grayhound will deliver merchandise of high demand from one country to another cross Channel. The only difference is that Grayhound of today carries a cargo license!
This is a full hands-on sailing voyage as we sail from Saint Nazaire to Penzance crossing the channel with many names. We will sail over one of the busiest sailing and shipping routes in the world. This exciting trip puts you at the heart of the crew. You’ll get to be involved almost all aspects of sailing the ship – day or night and loading and landing the cargo. You need to be physically fit and in good health. If we deliver beer or wine you will of course have a chance to taste the goods once they are delivered and the mission is complete!
It’s not all hard work and no play. Once underway, you can take in the views of the stunning coast of Brittany. You’ll pass the bustling seaport of Lorient – a city who’s name is derived from Le Soleil d’Orient, the first ship constructed at the site, in 1669. Further North you pass the ports of Duarnenez and Brest – both meccas for traditional sailing vessels like Grayhound.
Keep a look out for pods of dolphins before you cross the channel bound for Penzance.
Penzance is infamous for its smuggling past! Visit the Admiral Benbow pub while you’re there. Built in 1600’s, you’ll see the look boy out on the roof, keeping watch for the revenue officers. Inside it’s decorated with maritime artefacts rescued from numerous shipwrecked vessels which foundered on the Cornish coast during the last 400 years. Legend has it a water well in the grounds hides a secret tunnel down to a cave on the shore.
Brittany faces on to the Atlantic Ocean, and out at sea conditions can get a little choppy. However Brittany coastline offers endless places to shelter whatever the weather. Not having a fixed itinerary also allows the Skipper to plan according to the latest forecast, maximising comfortable sailing in beautiful locations.
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.
St Nazaire is a fascinating port, steeped in Maritime History with a long shipbuilding tradition. The beaches around the coast are lovely too, especially Les Jaunais to the West (which can be reached via the old customs officer’s path) or Saint-Marc-sur-Mer to the East, made famous by Jacques Tati’s 1951 film ‘Mr Hulot’s Holiday’.
Penzance harbour is the home port of the Car and Passenger Ferry to the Scillies. There is only one ferry called the Scillionian – a very distinctive white vessel that moors up on the seaward Pier to the Penzance Wet Dock. If the ferry is in port you can usually see it accross the harbour from the Penzance Railway Station car park.
The outer harbour is tidal and dries out to mud so the wet dock is the place that Classic Sailing vessels will use to start or end your voyage, so if you head for the Penzance – Scilly Ferry on foot or follow the road signs for the Scillionian Ferry you will find the Wet Dock. Next door is the famous Penzance Swimming Lido with bright blue flags.
The Penzance Wet Dock has a lock gate that can only be entered 1.5 hrs before or after high water, and the entrance is exposed to Southerly or SE gales, so it is possible the skipper of your vessel may have to dock in the nearby fishing port of Newlyn.
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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