|Fri 16-06-2023, 10:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Fri 16-06-2023, 16:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Mascotte||0 Nights||MT160623|
1904 Mascotte needs little introduction to pilot cutter fans. At 60ft she is the largest surviving Bristol Channel pilot cutter, and with her beautiful cream sails and sheer elegance, along with a friendly crew who love to teach, Mascotte has all the right ingredients for an amazing day sail.
Learn the ropes, have a go at helming and setting sails, and enjoy exploring this fascinating bit of water.
The crew will plan your route to make the most of the conditions on the day, and with so many options, from exploring up-river to striking out into deep water, you can be sure of an interesting day whatever the weather!
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.
Beginners keen to get a feel for traditional sailing on board a stunning and friendly pilot cutter. The crew on Mascotte are happy to teach you as much marlinspike seamanship as you want, or be your guide to the endlessly explorable Fal estuary.
Please note no children under 10 are permitted on these day 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 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.
The Skipper will plan your route for the day to make the most of the given conditions. Falmouth is the perfect spot, as whichever direction the wind's coming from there's always something to explore. Whether its up river or out into deep water you can be sure of an interesting and entertaining day out. Mascotte's primary skipper, Adam Spargo, spends his winters dredging oysters under sail, and knows the labyrinth of rivers and creeks like the back of his hand.
All day sails include refreshments, and 6hr trips also include freshly cooked lunch on board. Often this will feature local seafood, which the crew source at every opportunity (if they haven't caught it themselves!), although they can cater for most dietary requirements.
Mascotte is likely to be at anchor rather than alongside the pontoon. This gives her the versatility to set off as soon as everyone has been introduced to the ship and safety briefings - whatever the state of tide. Guests are taken out to Mascotte by boat, so you can admire her lines as you approach.
The skipper knows how to get the best out of the different wind directions and how the coastline of bays, headlands and drowned river valleys can be used to create the most enjoyable sailing for your day onboard. In order to allow this flexibility (and maximise the fun!) Mascotte doesn't set a specific itinerary for these trips.
The Gulf Stream provides unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins (common, bottlenose and risso’s dolphin), porpoises, whales and giant basking sharks in summer. In autumn the local seals have their pups and overwintering migrant birds start making an appearance.
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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