|Mon 21-08-2023, 17:30Falmouth, Cornwall||Mon 21-08-2023, 21:30Falmouth, Cornwall||Mascotte||0 Nights||MT210823SF|
Enjoy a summer evening sail from Falmouth aboard 1904 pilot cutter Mascotte, culminating in a glass of fizz and a 3-course, locally sourced seafood supper (other dietary requirements catered for too!).
This beats a meal at a crowded Cornish restaurant! You’ll work up an appetite on a sail around the Fal Estuary, helping set sails, haul lines and steer the ship, before dropping anchor somewhere beautiful to enjoy a meal freshly prepared by the crew.
Solo sailor-diners, couples and friends all welcome, and private charter is also available for groups of up to 8. There’s no better way to celebrate a special occasion!
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.
Click on the two Blue Pins for more information on the joining locations on the map below:
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 (see long term parking below) 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.
Foodies keen for a unique dining experience.
Beginner and experienced sailors alike who fancy a night out with a difference!
Please note no children under 10 are permitted on these trips. This is a matter of safety.
The crew were superb and the food was excellent. A great time was had by all.
Falmouth is a busy port, full of ships large and small, and a whole host of maritime heritage to boot. You'll meet the crew at Falmouth Haven, get aboard and set off for your evening's adventure.
Whilst Mascotte is an original traditionally rigged pilot cutter with blocks and tackles and a gaff mainsail, you can learn sailing skills and seamanship that are useful and relevant to all types of sailing vessel from yachts to tall ships.
You'll work up an appetite as you help the crew set sails and steer a course. After an hour or two's cracking sailing around the Fal Estuary you'll drop anchor somewhere beautiful for a glass of sparkling wine while the crew finish preparing your 3 course dinner. You'll eat al fresco in the 'golden hour' sunshine, or below deck in Mascotte's mahogany-panelled saloon.
Menus vary according to what is available, but feature seafood as standard which the crew often catch themselves (or source locally). Special dietary requirements can be catered for but please note that severe seafood or shellfish allergy sufferers may be best to choose a different Mascotte day sail, as the galley preparation area is only small and the crew can't guarantee against cross contamination.
The beauty of coastal wandering in local waters is the skipper can find the best sailing angles for the most enjoyable sailing. The Fal, Truro and Helford rivers 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.
Great trip, good food and company.Don
Loved every minute. Fantastic experience on a beautiful boat!Heather
Beautiful boat, friendly experienced staff, give it a go!Caroline
Such a wonderful experience aboard the most fabulous pilot cutter. It truly was 'as good as it gets'. Three days of the most wonderful sailing imaginable, in the most beautiful boat, in the most capable, charming and safe hands of the crew. Thank you, thank you, thank you all.John & Chrissie
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