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Mon 17-05-2021, 12:00Brixham, UK Mon 24-05-2021, 10:00Brixham, UK Maybe 7 NightsMA170521

It’s like going to France without the customs and covid-19 problems! A great sail across the English Channel and a chance to explore the lovely Channel Islands.

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Intermediate sailors or adventurous beginners wanting a mix of longer passages and coastal hops. Maybe is keeping her itinerary pretty loose for this week long adventure. If the winds look good for the Channel Isles then that is her primary aim. If the weather looks a bit too brisk and more enjoyable sailing can be had by sailing west to Cornwall or East to Dorset then she still has some great anchorages and ports as a back up instead of a cross channel journey. If you do set sail for the Channel Islands then experience the magic of night-time sailing and proper watch keeping. The rewards are many: – idyllic anchorages, plentiful seafood and fresh produce in historic Channel Islands ports and harbours.


  • Much more than a short break
  • Brixham is easy to get to.
  • Offshore passages on a tough wooden ship with wide decks 
  • There and back voyage
  • No sailing experience required
  • Explore mazing islands.


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Ketch
Guest Berths 12
Beam 19.5ft
Draft 10.5ft
Deck Length 72ft
Overall Length 78ft
Year Built 1929
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Voyage Description

Sailing on Maybe with Classic Sailing


After too long with out guest crew Maybe and crew will be itching to go for a great sail. Brixham offers good sailing angles for the Channel Isles and it is not as wide as crossing from Cornwall. Your first port of call might be Guernsey or Alderney. If you are waiting for a better wind later in the week, or avoiding a summer gale, you might explore closer to home in Devon or Cornwall. 

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

Picnic in a french port - baguettes and tempting cheeses are easy
With baguettes and tempting cheeses its easy to arrange an impromptu picnic

Cross Channel for the Channel Isles

The coast and seas around the Channel Isles have strong tides and interesting pilotage. This is a sailing expedition in the sense that there will be some long days sailing and possibly night sailing, so that when we reach a lovely destination we can stay a while and enjoy the land too.

Sark is an island without cars where the locals learn not to get too close to the vertical cliffs all the way around the island. If you anchor here be prepared for a stiff hike up the coastal paths to the top plateau.

Guernsey has golden beaches, pine trees and castles, and now you are within a hop of the French coast.


  Sailing on Maybe with Classic Sailing

West to Cornwall

If a Channel Crossing looks too bumpy to be fun, or bang into the wind, then much more enjoyable sailing can be had along the South Coast. It is hard to bypass local Devon favourite’s like Dartmouth or Salcombe but a longer passage heading for Cornwall opens up a different sailing ground for Maybe, and you can always pop into Dartmouth for a pint on the way home at the end of the week. Cawsand just across the border is on the lovely Rame Peninsula. Lantic Bay could easily be mistaken for Sark with high cliffs, kestrels soaring and clear turquoise waters for a swim. Fowey and Polruan welcome deep draft sailing ships with summer harbour lights, cafes, colourful dinghy racing and seafood cafes. It is easy to imagine yourself in France here.  Within Falmouth Harbour are countless anchorages and small villages, and the herring fishing villages of Coverack or Cadgewith make uncrowded anchorages even in peak summer.

East to the Jurassic Coast

Devon and Dorset have a remarkable range of geology which reveals itself in spectacular cliffs. Torbay has pink limestone that delights sea cliff climbers , Teignmouth has red sandstone. Lyme Regis has white chalk, fossils and crumbling cliffs. All provide a great habitat for flowers and birds and the best way for a human to experience the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site is by boat. Why bounce around in a day tripper boat when you can sail it on a big stable Brixham Trawler.

Basically you have both sides of the middle of the English Channel to explore – depending on the wind.  Your efforts with blocks and tackles are rewarded with a fine spread of red canvas. Maybe’s ships cook offers hearty meals cooked for a relatively small guest crew. At this time of year there should be plenty of chances to eat al fresco lunches in the sunshine, enjoy a BBQ ashore or wait for a dinner extravaganza below decks whilst you sip a drink watching the sunset.

watching the sunset at sea or at anchor
watching the sunset at sea or at anchor


Peak summer so temperatures should be good. As always if the wind blows off the shore the seas are flatter. There are stronger tides on the French side of the channel which makes day hops faster but also potentially rougher if wind is against tide. Mid channel in a prolonged West or South Westerly can produce long swell from the Atlantic , but this is less common in summer and can be fun.


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 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.





Start & End Port

Brixham, UK

Joining or leaving point.

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship!

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe

Kit List

Kit List for Maybe


  • Sailing instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Pillow

What's Not Included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (Except for Youths on Youth Only Voyages)
  • Towels and pillow case
  • Travel to and from the start and end port.
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sleeping bag

What to bring

There is limited storage space on Maybe so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow Case
  • Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Agnes has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.
  • Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies.
  • Swim suit & beach towel
  • Suntan lotion & sunglasses
  • Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves
  • Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.
  • Small rucksack for going ashore
  • Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets
  • Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.
  • Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.
  • Camera/binoculars etc
  • Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals
  • You are welcome to bring musical instruments


"The crew were awesome. Led by Seb they were full of energy and enthusiasm and lots of patience for explaining what needed tobe done or what was happening. Maybe is a beautiful boat. we were well fed and had lots of fun as well as learning. would highly recommend a two night trip if you're a novice sailor."  Liz M. Maybe 13 Sept 2019


What did you enjoy the most?

The general atmosphere on board was excellent and the journey along the Caledonian canal was fantastic.

The worst bits? - don't think there was one.

Why do your sail?

Travel, meeting new and interesting people, experience and learning more about sailing.

George M Maybe June 2019

Sailing in Scotland

What was the best bit?

Sailing between Islay and Jura: sun shining, music playing and interesting winds rolling down from the hills.

What was the worst bit?

Getting up for my watch after the first wave of seasickness.

Why do you sail? 

This was my first trip. Wanted to experience the landscape from a different perspective and get to places I couldn’t easily reach otherwise.

Any other comments

The experience was very much enhanced by the attitudes and actions of the crew (including the volunteers), who combined technical and people skills with their love of sailing to create something more rewarding than I had anticipated.

By Lynne G. Guest crew on Maybe from Liverpool to Scotland
By Lynne G. Guest crew on Maybe from Liverpool to Scotland
Learnt so much!

I learned so much and it was a pleasure and rewarding experience achieving my RYA Competent Crew cert. I didn't want the trip to end, I would have happily sailed on and enjoyed the beautiful ship Maybe with her crew and my new friends! Thank you for a wonderful experience, I hope to put my new skills to use soon." 


I recently joined MAYBE on a delivery voyage from South Portugal to West Wales. I have had some amazing experiences in life but this topped it for me. Not only having an opportunity to sails a much bigger boat than I am used to but also dealing with much more challenging seas than I am used to. Thanks to the experienced knowledge the permanent crew we had the chance to sail MAYBE in 57 knots of wind and athough it was hairy at times the whole crew felt safe on the resiliant MAYBE.
This has been a life changer or affirminator, see you on the water." Sayed Almaghrabi, April 2017

The Bay of Biscay

Joseph D April 2019 Crossing the Bay of Biscay which is always a challenging voyage!

You enjoyed the most –

Dolphins chasing the bow at 6am

A small songbird resting on our boat just after we crossed Biscay

How the crew came together and supported each other through the rougher weather of our Biscay Crossing.

Least enjoyed –

Seeing all the beautiful cooked food and not being able to eat much because of the sea sickness

Why do you sail?

I sail because it’s completely different from any experience on land.

I can't fault those three guys

"I really enjoyed my sail on Maybe, Seb Ben and Phil were fantastic. A great combination of knowledge, skill, enthusiasm, ability to teach, fun and patience - I can't fault those three guys. 

Delivery Trip

TS Maybe delivery trip Portimao, Portugal to Cork, Ireland (in the end) was an amazing experience. Having always wanted to do longer sailing passages, experience ocean sailing and push myself with challenging experiences, this lived up to everything I expected. It was a shame we were plagued with non-stop N/NE winds that meant we couldn't sail without motor as much as I would have liked...but that's the nature of the trip. A massive thank you to all the rest of the crew who were great folk and hats off, praise & thanks to Skipper Seb, Helen, Jessie & Mo who guided us on the passage. An incredible voyage, a great memory and a taste for more of the same. And at times it was like Bake Off at sea!

Anthony S 14-03-19

Anthony S Voyage on Maybe Spring 2019
Anthony S Voyage on Maybe Spring 2019
Loved it!

Hi everyone on Maybe! I loved my week sailing with you. Now that I'm home it all feels so special to have done this. The experience certainly changed my attitudes to so many things and I can see how the teamwork made everyone work beyond their usual comfort zones. We had so many laughs, I can hardly believe it was that much fun. Now I have to try to settle into 'normal' life but I can feel the pull of future voyages - Maybe? love to you all......Valerie S. 5 star facebook review 30 July 2018

Tall Ships Races

"Very nervous before the trip because I have not sailed before. Staff very experienced so made me feel safe and I could relax and enjoy a great experience. Highlights - millions of stars at night, dolphin pod, viewing land from another aspect, new and different experience. Thank you for a great trip 10/10." Jacqui Robinson, aged 53, Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta

Rekindling my love of sailing

"At the end of this trip I was asked if there had been anything negative about the experience, I can only think of one, that is, the trip is over, I am no longer sailing aboard Maybe, and yet I so desperately which that I were. Till next time. P.s Thanks for rekindling my love of sailing and the oceans." Will Clutton, Cornwall, 20.10.2014

Totally different experience

"Had a brilliant time on board Maybe for the 2nd time!!  You didn't scare me away the first time and I hope to be back on board in the furture!  You have introduced me to a totally different experience and alternative lifestyle living on a boat.  Thanks for all your hard work and patient teaching.  Keep up the brilliant work as it is truly life changing." Matthew Ireland.  Liverpool.  Apprentice Ship Cup

Trip of a lifetime

Had a great time upon the maybe boat, trip of a lifetime that I shall never forget! Big thanks to all the crew members and for looking after us so well and teaching us so much!! And all the trainees for making it such a memorable trip! Highly recommend to all." Rodney Moorehead, Northern Ireland, Tall Ships Races

Vessel Gallery

Wooden Gaff Ketch Maybe is an excellent vessel to learn to sail on and develop your skills. 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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