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Scillies? Devon? Exploring Cornwall? Go with the wind on this 5-day break.

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Sun 04-06-2023, 15:00St Mawes, Cornwall Fri 09-06-2023, 10:00St Mawes, Cornwall Tallulah 5 NightsTH040623

We love Scilly island hopping, the diving gannets of Mounts Bay or the high sea cliffs of Devon

Sailing on 44ft Tallulah always involves all guest crew, especially on voyages that intend to cover some distance, so it is a good choice for experienced sailors or adventurous beginners. Her accommodation is less enclosed in cabins than Mascotte, but still offers a double bed berth in forward cabin, with full headroom for sitting up in bed and ample stowage just beyond the bed. There is a middle cabin area with two long single bunks, and a pilot berth and lower berth in the saloon. Tallulah also has a big expedition rowing tender that can carry the whole crew and 2 stand up paddleboards.

Isles of Scilly would be our first choice, but it the winds and waves are just not co-operating to venture into the Atlantic, then we might do a first hop into Mounts Bay. Alternatively there are some big, wild bays to cross by going east into Devon.

max 6 guests. Solo travellers welcome.

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Ideal voyage for:

Keen sailors who want a taste of offshore passage-making, romantics that like remote anchorages. Photographers, artists and wildlife enthusiasts will love this time of year with seabirds coming ashore to breed and seals and dolphins enjoying the empty anchorages.


  • 5 night voyage over 6 days
  • Start in St Mawes – Tallulah’s home port
  • If Scillies bound – round Lizard Pt, Wolf Rock & Lands End
  • If Eastbound notch off Dodman, Bolt Tail, Prawle and Start Point
  • seabirds breeding, seals and cetaceans common
  • spacious wooden pilot cutter with max 6 guests
  • Anchorages and moorings are timeless and a good row boat is all you need.
  • If we get to Scilly we island hop.
  • The mainland offers secret coves, wooded creeks and sea cliffs


Vessel type / Rig gaff cutter
Guest Berths 6
Beam 13.5ft
Draft 7ft 5
Deck Length 44ft
Overall Length 59ft
Tonnage 22 tons
Year Built 2008
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Voyage Description


Adventurous beginners and sailors who love the mix of a coastal wanderings and deep sea sailing. The world is your oyster on this week-long trip, and dependent on conditions you might head over to the Isles of Scilly, or stomp up Channel accross windy bays, notching up famous headlands. The Cornwall and Devon coast has been well protected by development over many decades and in places is as wild as it was in the 19th Century.  Tucked in below high cliffs it is easy to feel like a smuggler or privateer. Tallulah’s skipper loves encouraging guests to row ashore to secret coves, caves or enjoy the contrast of an ancient woodland after the open sea. Wherever the wind takes you, you can be sure of fantastic shoreside exploration as well as cracking sailing.


  • Varied and interesting coastlines
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing 
  • Good for bird watching, dolphins and seals
  • Wild swimming opportunities
  • Possible night sailing
wake up to a different beautiful coastline each morning

Falmouth and Beyond

Tallulah is a great choice for varied and interesting sailing like this. She is big enough to be comfortable when sailing offshore, and with a long waterline her cruising speed is better than smaller vessels. Once at anchor in a beautiful setting, whether it is the Cornwall mainland, the Scillies or elsewhere, you have wide decks and plenty of places to sit and absorb the panoramic views. Ashore you can stride out around an island or headland, swim from secluded beaches, bird watch or beach comb.

St Mawes and Falmouth Bay is a fantastic jumping-off point for a South West adventure. Not only are there good public transport links, but from a sailing perspective its a sheltered and safe embarkation point, and gives the crew plenty of options for passage planning. Arriving in the late afternoon, there’s time to get familiar with the ship, receive a full safety briefing from the crew, enjoy freshly cooked dinner aboard while getting to know your fellow sailors, and then settling in to your bunk for a cosy night’s sleep before striking out to sea the following morning.

Spot Marine Wildlife along the Way

Look out for dolphins and basking sharks where the tides run the fastest. Good spots are off the Lizard, Epsom Shoal, Wolf Rock, Lands End and as you approach the Scillies. In Spring there are puffins and shearwaters and in the late summer the seas are having their pups.


puffin by Maria Cerrudo
Puffins on scilly- you might just catch them before they go deep sea

Exploring by Sea 

You will get to know the coastline from a sailor’s point of view. You can sail among and round the rocks, from island to island and headland to headland, enjoying the differences in the geology and flora as you go. Take the opportunity to snorkel or swim in clear and private waters, far from the madding crowd, and enjoy a night sky at sea like you’ve never seen before.

Variety is the spice of life, and on a voyage focused on exploration, rather than a particular destination, you can really take the time to soak in the journey. There might be cross-channel sailing with some real miles under the keel, combined with weaving through islands and creeping up tree-lined rivers and creeks. When it gets too shallow there’s always Tallulah’s 15ft rowing punt by which to continue the adventure!


admire you boat, from the ships boat
messing about at anchor


This voyage involves remote anchorages and the possibility of a bit of a roll in any swell, even in calm weather. The ship would not go to the Scillies in bad weather or big seas but it can still be quite exciting on the passage out and back. With a loose itinerary the Skipper can design the trip to suit the group, aiming for adventurous deep water passage making or sheltered coasting, or a mixture. 


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.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels for day use and swimming
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

St Mawes, Cornwall

pilot cutters in St Mawes Bay

This is the home port of Classic Sailing. A seafaring village on the East side of Falmouth Harbour.

Latest Updates

Where to Meet in St Mawes to Join Tallulah

Updated 7-03-23

The historic Quay in St Mawes Harbour (TR2 5DW) is the official rendezvous for all Tallulah Voyages. Plan your travel for the quay in your first instance.

Tallulah has a mooring in St Mawes Bay. Skipper Debbie or the mate will normally meet you at the quay steps /harbour pontoon in Tallulah’s tender – a large blue rowing boat with ‘8’ on the side.


Bad Weather Alternative Ports

In the event of St Mawes being exposed to strong winds / big seas from the west or SW, we may start the voyage from more sheltered waters. This is likely to be the River Fal – Smugglers moorings near St Mawes or Falmouth Estuary. 

Debbie will contact you at least 48hrs before the voyage with final joining instructions by email and text. All confirmed customers will be sent Debbies mobile number for emergencies or late arrival.


How to Get Here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for St Mawes – if you follow a Sat Nav you will probably be taken via King Harry Car Ferry which is not the quickest route but is worth doing for the experience.

The best way is to leave the A30 at Fraddon and follow the B3275 until it meets the A390 where you turn left for a little way back towards St Austell. Then follow the signs to the right for the A3078 which ends in St Mawes.

There are two car parks in St Mawes both trouble free and you can pay by card

St Mawes Quay Car Park is very convenient as it is where you join your voyage but is a little more expensive.

St Mawes Central Car Park run by the St Just in Roseland Parish Council  is recommended. It is just a minute walk from the Quay.

You can pay for a number of days with a debit card

There is  free street parking in the roads up from the main beach, if you can find a space. Buckeys Lane is one way so please park on the right. The private roads of Pedn Moran or Freshwater Lane are popular with beach visitors and holiday cottage customers. Local residents are used to mystery cars parked outside for several days, as long as no drives are blocked, it seems the accepted thing. As with all street parking please make sure there is room for fire engines to get through. From any of these roads the Quay is about 5 minutes walk.

Rail & transfers

To get to St Mawes by train, buy a ticket for Falmouth Town Station, walk down to the waterfront and come across the water from Falmouth to St Mawes by passenger ferry.

Falmouth is on a branch line from Truro which is on the main London – Penzance rail line.  Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK and it is only 30 minutes down the branch line to Falmouth. Beware there are several small stations in Falmouth. Get off at Falmouth Town Station.

Falmouth Town Station (the Dell) is ten minutes walk from Customs House Quay where one of three ferries runs to St Mawes in the summer. If you just miss a ferry there are other departures to St Mawes from Prince of Wales Pier, the other side of town. In the winter – all ferries run from Prince of Wales Pier only. It is about 15 minutes walk through the town to the Prince of Wales Pier.

Ferry is the best way. St Mawes Passenger Ferry timetable for both piers This has a live update to confirm which ferries are running on the day. It only stops in really bad weather.

St Mawes Ferry  01872 861 911 or 07855 438 674

 Ferries are hourly in winter and three per hour in the summer and the journey is 20-25 minutes.


There are buses from Truro to St Mawes but they are very infrequent and take about an hour. 

Air & transfers

Newquay is the nearest airport but it is poorly served by public transport. A taxi to St Mawes can cost over £60

Feeling Guilty? – Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Classic Sailing recommend Treesisters charity as a carbon offsetting scheme and we have our own Classic Sailing Forest you can add tree planting to. These community tree planting schemes are all in parts of the world that desperately need reforestation and have maximum scope to reduce CO2

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals on board & refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • wooden rowing boat activities
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboards & bouyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • towels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • wellie boots
  • waterproof jackets & trousers 

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!

Tallulah does not have waterproof jacket and trousers yet, so please bring a properly waterproof jacket and trousers on all voyages.

Walking and cycling waterproofs are usually adequate and much lighter to pack, so there really is no need to buy a coastal sailing jacket (unless you really want an excuse to invest in your future sailing). If you need any advice, or lack of a jacket is preventing you participating, please ring us on 01326 53 1234

  • Proof of Covid 19 vaccination dates & status (See our terms & conditions: Basically to be safe for all guests and crew in a confined space we ask that you keep your covid vaccination status up to date with appropriate boosters. All crew and volunteers will be expected to be vaccinated too).
  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a 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.
  • we have space if you want to bring a wetsuit for wild swimming or SUP adventures
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (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 for European or Ireland Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips
  • 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.


Tallulah does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol, (unless it is an alcohol free voyage) e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.



A welcome in oak

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Photos and images of the striking 44ft pilot cutter Tallulah, offering charter voyages for individuals, couples and groups from 2022.  Based in St Mawes, Cornwall. No experience is necessary and a local skipper as your guide.

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