|Wed 29-05-2024, 14:00Brixham, UK||Mon 03-06-2024, 10:00Penzance, Cornwall||Provident||5 Nights||PV290524|
After an exciting few days at the Brixham Heritage Regatta to celebrate Providet’s 100’s birthday, join us as was amble along the Southwest coast of England on our way home to Scotland. Discover some of Provident’s old fishing haunts and show us new ones – this trip is perfect Cornwall and Devon based Provident fans who might not want to follow her all the way to Scotland.
It will be quite some time before Provident will be seen in these waters again so grab your chance to sail Provident out of her historic home port of Brixham.
Fans of Provident from Devon, Cornwall or anywhere else!
People who know and love the history of sailing trawlers
Anyone in need of a staycation!
Provident heads home towards Scotland following her Centenary celebrations. Discover old haunts and show us new ones. This trip is perfect for Provident fans past and present who might not want to follow her all the way to Scotland. Come with us as we leave Provident’s home port of Brixham, bound for Penzance as we explore her old fishing grounds.
10 year old Provident is a Brixham Sailing Trawler and spent the majority of her working life fishing out of her home port of Brixham. Brixham has been an important fishing port for hundreds of years, and it continues to be so today. It’s location, tucked away in eastward facing Torbay keeps the harbour well sheltered from the prevailing westerly winds, making Brixham a great location to sail (and fish!) from.
Leaving Brixham, take in the dramatic coastline, starting with the impressive half-mile long Brixham breakwater and it’s pretty light house, past the looming Berryhead headland and head west for Cornwall. The Southwest of England boasts some of the most wild and stunning coastline in the UK.
Bound for Penzance – infamous for its smuggling past! Visit the Admiral Benbow pub while you’re there. Built in 1600’s, you’ll see the look boy out on the roof, keeping watch for the revenue officers. Inside it’s decorated with maritime artefacts rescued from numerous shipwrecked vessels which foundered on the Cornish coast during the last 400 years. Legend has it a water well in the grounds hides a secret tunnel down to a cave on the shore.
Provident’s story is even older than she is – the Provident you see today is in fact a copy of an earlier trawler of the same name. The original Provident was stuck and sunk by a U Boat in 1915. Today’s Provident was one of the last sailing trawlers to be built. By the 1920’s, the heyday of trawling under sail was quickly fading out in favour of more modern motor vessels. In contrast, 50 years prior (in the 1880’s) there were over 3,000 sailing trawlers registered around the UK.
After her life as a sailing trawler came to an end, Provident became a private yacht in America for some years. More recently she was a she returned to Brixham to work as a Sail Training vessel with Trinity Sailing Trust.
While we can’t guarantee the weather, late spring/early summer can offer some really good sailing. The temperature is on the rise but not unbearable. The worst of the winter storms have subsided and the wildlife is abundant. Things can change quickly, but the crew are incredibly knowledgeable and familiar with the coastline and of course the ship and her capabilities.
On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best and safest sailing routes for the forecast. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but when it comes to sailing, you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description provided is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or prior experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage. As such, the scheduled joining ports, routes, activities and/or destinations may be altered. Due to the complexities of weather systems, this may be at very short notice.
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. Handling cargo adds an extra dimension – building teamwork and communication skills and leaving you with a great sense of achievement.
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.
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
Penzance harbour is the home port of the Car and Passenger Ferry to the Scillies. There is only one ferry called the Scillionian – a very distinctive white vessel that moors up on the seaward Pier to the Penzance Wet Dock. If the ferry is in port you can usually see it accross the harbour from the Penzance Railway Station car park.
The outer harbour is tidal and dries out to mud so the wet dock is the place that Classic Sailing vessels will use to start or end your voyage, so if you head for the Penzance – Scilly Ferry on foot or follow the road signs for the Scillionian Ferry you will find the Wet Dock. Next door is the famous Penzance Swimming Lido with bright blue flags.
The Penzance Wet Dock has a lock gate that can only be entered 1.5 hrs before or after high water, and the entrance is exposed to Southerly or SE gales, so it is possible the skipper of your vessel may have to dock in the nearby fishing port of Newlyn.
N.B. BOATS HAVE LIMITED STORAGE SPACE SO PLEASE LIMIT YOURSELF TO ONE SOFT BAG OR RUCKSACK (NOT SUITCASES)
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