|Sat 30-07-2022, 16:00Brixham, UK||Fri 12-08-2022, 12:00Brixham, UK||Pilgrim||13 Nights||PM300722|
A very special Normandy Cruise and Stay is something entirely new for Pilgrim. We’re heading first to Alderney to join in the fun and games of Alderney Week for a couple of days and then onto Normandy. It’s 78 years since many brave souls set off from Brixham to Normandy in landing craft as part of the D-Day invasion fleet. The American 4th Infantry Division sailed from Breakwater Beach bound for Utah Beach on 4th June 1944. In 2022 Pilgrim will be charting a similar course.
Those wishing to visit Alderney and have a fun packed time there.
No Sailing Experience required.
Those interested in history with the D-Day landings and how Brixham and Pilgrim were affected by World War 2. Go back further and you can visit the Bayeux Tapestry
No Sailing Experience required.
This cruise will combine sailing across the English Channel with using Pilgrim as your base as you explore Normandy.
This special Normandy Cruise and Stay is something entirely new for Pilgrim. It’s 78 years since many brave souls set off from Brixham to Normandy in landing craft as part of the D-Day invasion fleet. The American 4th Infantry Division sailed from Breakwater Beach bound for Utah Beach on 4th June 1944. In 2022 Pilgrim will be charting a similar course.
This is a mix and match, “sail and stay” trip. It will appeal to ex-service personnel or families of those who landed on D-Day beaches or fought in the Normandy campaign. It will also appeal to those who enjoy adventure sailing cross-channel and spending time ashore in the heart of a vibrant port with its many varied and easily accessible attractions.
This is a mix and match, “sail and stay” trip. There will be several days for shore exploration in both Alderney and Normandy. It will appeal to ex-service personnel or families of those who landed on D-Day beaches or fought in the Normandy campaign. It will also appeal to those who enjoy adventure sailing cross-channel and spending time ashore exploring harbours, beaches and local attractions.
Our Alderney and Normandy Summer Special will set off from the Breakwater in Brixham and over subsequent days head across the English Channel for Alderney. Not only will guests be able to join in with the festivities but will have the chance to explore this beautiful island. We will then sail onto Normandy, past the D-Day beaches and into the port of Ouistreham. From there we will enter the Caen Canal, passing the site of the famous Pegasus Bridge and into the marina in the centre of the city of Caen. We plan to stay there for 4 nights. During World War 2, Pilgrim had her own battles in the Baltic and the North Sea but in 2022 she’ll be sailing out of Brixham in the traditional manner just as she did in Victorian times.
We’ll sail off from the Breakwater in Brixham and over subsequent days head across the English Channel for the Cherbourg Peninsula. The route we take will depend on the conditions. Our Normandy Cruise and Stay will take us along the D-Day beaches and into the port of Ouistreham. From there we will enter the Caen Canal, passing the site of the famous Pegasus Bridge and into the marina in the centre of the city of Caen. We plan to stay there for 4 nights.
During World War 2, Pilgrim had her own battles in the Baltic and the North Sea but in 2022 she’ll be sailing out of Brixham in the traditional manner just as she did in Victorian times. Not only will you have a superb sailing holiday, but you will see how 19th century fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to assist the crew to sail Pilgrim and benefit from the modern guest facilities we have on board.
Attribution Zairon, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
In addition to the second world war history, there are also opportunities for guests to take trips to the Bayeux Tapestry and Museums and to the beautiful port of Honfleur. There are good public transport links for the independently minded and there are also a variety of locally organised tours available as well. You will have the opportunity to stroll and explore Caen directly from our berth. While we are in Caen we will serve breakfast each day and dinner on the final evening. This provides an opportunity to choose your own lunches at tour sites and to seek out your own local dining experiences or extend a day out as you wish.
When we depart Caen our Normandy and D Day Beaches cruise will set out back towards Devon and which may include a stopover in the Channel Islands or possibly along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset. The outward and return sailings involve extended day and night sea passages and the duration and timings are dependent on the weather, tides and the sea conditions. It will be a unique sail into the past for history buffs, sailing enthusiasts and those seeking a compelling maritime adventure.
Image on web site of Ulrich Harsh, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
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.
Joining or leaving point.
Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship!
For Pilgrim, 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:
PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe
Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!
Pilgrim does not provide waterproofs. So you need to bring waterproof jacket and trousers These don't have to be sailing waterproofs. Any good outdoor waterproofs should keep you warm and dry. If you are sailing on a longer voyage or in early spring or autumn you will find the sailing or mountaineering salopette type waterproof trousers will keep you warmer than walking trousers with waist. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022
Pilgrim does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.
- Summer 2019
Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?
What did you think of the food quality?
How was the sailing?
Did you have any rough weather?
Did you feel the voyage had?
A good mix of sailing and ashore.
What was the best bit?
Sailing on Pilgrim was amazing I loved every moment, she is totally beautiful!
Swimming ashore and snorkelling from Pilgrim to the beach.
Building a fire and BBQ on the beach!
Hoisting the main and all singing “ what shall we do with the drunken sailor”!!!!
What was the worst bit?
Having to leave Pilgrim and return to life back on land at the end of our adventure!
Saying goodbye to the amazing crew and new friends, I had such a great time with a great bunch of people, I needed a longer voyage and really didn’t want it to end!
Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.
I have sailed all my life with my Dad, he had various boats over the years and I have such happy memories of our holidays onboard.
I love the freedom and peace being on the water and being propelled by the wind, it’s so natural and relaxing. I’m completely stress free and in my comfort zone aboard, I cherished every moment.
Any other comments
I couldn’t recommend my experience of crewing on Pilgrim enough. Skipper Richard, first mate and chef Julie, Bruce and Bob were all so professional, calm and such great company.
Being aboard a beautiful classic ship is such a privilege, it’s a total joy to be part of her crew! I’m missing it every day and looking forward to planning another adventure next year! - Thanks Di for the great review! Summer 2019
- Summer 2019
What was the best bit?
Helping to set sails, handling ropes and being looked after by a very friendly Skipper and crew, in particular by Lynn who made us very welcome and kept informed of everything happening on the boat. Although I am a BCU coach for Canoe/Kayak it was an experience not to be missed. Thank you all for a very enjoyable days sailing. - By Peter B. Summer 2019
- Summer 2019
What I enjoyed the most was?
Every bit from the moment I stepped aboard I was among friends.
The worst bit was?
Getting my sea legs on the first day !
Why do you sail?
I sail for the adventure, the comradery, the hands on experience of sailing, to visit new places to have fun and create great memories.
The first time I sailed on Pilgrim (2018)I had the best time ever. I booked a second voyage this year and it was even better. I can't wait to for the next time.
Sailing on Pilgrim isn't just a holiday it's an adventure full of new experiences, friendship, laughter and fun.
Kate T June 2019
What was the best bit?
Heading away from shore far enough to catch the wind which in any case obliged in the afternoon by increasing
What was the worst bit?
Thinking we might be becalmed initially in Brixham harbour
Why do you sail?
For the sheer joy of being on the water
Any other comments
A super day assisted by lovely sun and cloud - By Penny D - Summer 2019
"I had a fantastic few days sailing on the pilgrim, the experience was well past my expectations and this was the result of the crew. The skipper, Richard clearly very experienced and dedicated to everyone’s safety and enjoyment. The first mate, Julia who works tirelessly to ensure everyone is safe, clearly very experienced and knowledgeable in sailing the pilgrim, also very focused and dedicated because not only is Julia the first mate she is the cook, where here she dedicates herself too ensure everyone is well fed with some fantastic food.. a real hard worker and a credit to pilgrim. Crewmen, Bruce.. smashing guy who also is dedicated in ensuring everyone on board is safe and having fun. Crewmen, Bob.. smashing guy the same dedication ensuring the safety of everyone, however needs much more practice in playing the penny whistle.. Crewmen, Tanya.. who herself is recent to pilgrim clearly dedicated to her roll ensuring we on board were safe and enjoying the experience.. A fantastic crew who all work very hard in making this an unforgettable experience.." - April 2019
Best bits: THE FORCE 9 GUST AT THE APPS TO SALCOMBE. ABOUT TURN AND HAD A GOOD RUN BACK TO DARTMOUTH. HELMING THE BEAST. GREAT SHIP,CREW AND A VERY GOOD SKIPPER, AND A BIG THANK YOU TO LINDA IN THE GALLEY" - Eddie P Review April 2019.
Wow, what can I say about my first trip on the beautiful Pilgrim with Classic Sailing - it was amazing! I am still smiling about the utterly brilliant weekend. The Skipper Richard and crew of Colin, Lynda, Jess and Jack could not of made me feel more welcome! I booked this trip as a bit of an escape from the day to day normal life on the land and it was well worth it; I returned home more relaxed, a little sunburnt but wanting to just jump straight back on board! It was great fun being allowed to be involved with raising the sails and learning a little bit of history about the vessel. If you are thinking about booking a voyage, be in a day trip, weekend or longer....do it! I could not recommend it more highly and as a single traveller I also felt at ease and safe while on the whole voyage. And the wonderful crew could cater gluten and dairy free. The added bonus of it being the Falmouth Classic and Sea Shanty Festival meant there was music and a little rum to go around!" - By Kate R - Summer 2019
"I hired the Pilgrim for my birthday party in October. It was brilliant, fantastic I could not have wished for better. We had the hot buffet and it surpassed all my expectations I had assumed that it would be catering packs of ready made dishes! It was NOT, it was all homemade and delicious. The crew couldn't do enough for us and made the day even more special. If you want to do something a bit different for a big birthday and something that your guests will talk about for a long time then I would highly recommend The Pilgrim as a venue." Sophie H - Private Charter - 2017
Pilgrim is a fantastic heritage restoration project that deserves everyone's support. I have sailed on her twice now and on both occasions the party has had a most wonderful experience sailing experience. The crew members are all very professional and caring and skipper Brendan a joy who keeps everyone engaged and involved. Pilgrim is a solid construction with plenty o interest or everyone. Get out there and appreciate her" Terry H, Trip Advisor Report Reviewed September 2, 2016
This trip was one of the best experiences of my life and something I will never forget. From turning up a little late (us not the crew) and them waiting to go through everything until we were totally happy through to the helping us off the boat! Safety brief provided and we were then told to get stuck in, hoisting sails and pulling ropes, learning about the boat and sea. Food was wonderful and very tasty. Beds were comfy and you could hardly tell you were on the sea! (Weather dependant I'd imagine!) Crew were faultless and very knowledgable about the boat and it's history and you can tell they have a true passion for their jobs. I would certainly return again and will be recommending to all I know! From a very Happy Birthday Girl! Tashargh, comment by mobile phone Aug 2016
I returned last night from an amazing sailing experience, from Brixham to Falmouth. All the crew were amazing. Brendon the Skipper, young but extremely knowledgeable and happy to take time to share his experiences, Linda did her fair share of hauling ropes and sails as well as providing all refreshments and meals as if by magic!! We had two overnight stays on board, one in Salcombe and one meandering up the Fowey past the Ferry and Daphne du Maurier's house waking to atmospheric mist!! We experienced all weathers and all seas!!! I really missed the Pilgrim today and wish I had been able to carry on to the Scilly Isles and hope to take another longer trip in the future." Thank Wendy F, Reviewed August 7, 2016
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