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4-Hour Evening Sail with Slap-Up Seafood Dinner

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Evening Sail & Dinner



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Wed 26-07-2023, 17:30Falmouth, Cornwall Wed 26-07-2023, 21:30Falmouth, Cornwall Mascotte 0 NightsMT260723SF

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!

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What to Expect:

  • Delicious freshly cooked (and freshly caught) seafood supper
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Helping to set sails, trim and steer
  • Sunny sunset dining on deck or in Mascotte’s mahogany panelled saloon
  • Wild swimming if conditions allow
  • ….and of course some cracking sailing!


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Cutter
Guest Berths 5-7
Beam 15ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 60ft
Overall Length 75ft
Tonnage 55 tons
Year Built 1904
More about the Vessel

Start & End Port

Falmouth, Cornwall

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.

Falmouth Port Map and Details PDF


Joining Mascotte in Falmouth 2022 pdf

Voyage Description


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.


  • Scrumptious locally sourced, freshly cooked seafood supper (the crew catch as much of the seafood themselves as possible)
  • Viewing the Cornish coast and exploring upriver
  • Friendly and welcoming crew
  • Ideal gift for a friend or treat for yourself
  • Affordable private charter for groups of up to 8 people
  • Short walk from Falmouth Town train station to the meeting point at Falmouth Haven
stunning sailing and a slap up meal

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.

Mascotte saloon interior accommodation
edwardian grandeur in mascotte's saloon


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.

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

  • Travel to and from the port/s
  • 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! Mascotte 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.
  • (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 deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport and Reciprocal Free Health Care card if sailing in Europe.
  • 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.
  • You can bring a small amount of alcohol if you wish, but please be aware that drinking is always at the discretion of the skipper and will only be permitted when it's safe.


Great trip, good food and company.


Loved every minute. Fantastic experience on a beautiful boat!


Beautiful boat, friendly experienced staff, give it a go!


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

Vessel Gallery

The largest surviving Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte is 60 ft on deck. Built in 1904 in Wales and restored in Gloucester Mascotte is a magnificent example of Welsh maritime history. She is now offering short sailing breaks around Cornwall from her new home port of Charlestown Harbour.  

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