|Sat 09-09-2023, 17:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Thu 14-09-2023, 10:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Mascotte||5 Nights||MT090923|
Set sail from Falmouth aboard 1904 pilot cutter Mascotte and so many opportunities for adventure open up before you. The Skipper will plan the itinerary according to the latest weather forecasts, to maximise fantastic sailing and good walking conditions. Enjoy the Cornish coastline by sea and by land, alternating leg-stretches ashore along some of the most beautiful and varied coast path the country has to offer, with stunning sailing and a different perspective on the coast.
Throw in some secluded anchorages, wild swimming, fresh fish straight from the sea, wildlife spotting and beautiful night skies, and you’ve got a week’s holiday that will leave you invigorated and refreshed.
Walks ashore can be tailored to the ability of those on board, and are always optional (you are also welcome to stick your feet up and relax on deck with a good book!). Some routes are circular, round headlands and estuaries, while some are ‘A to B’ hikes along the coast path, and Mascotte will sail alongside to meet you at your destination.
Mascotte 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, meaning she’ll be there waiting for you, with dinner on the table, after a long ‘A to B’ coastline hike!
Falmouth 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.
You will get to know the coastline from a sailor’s point of view. You can sail from headland to headland and bay to bay, enjoying the differences in the geology and flora as you go. You can also get up close and personal with marine wildlife, from seals and dolphins to sea birds of all sorts.
Depending on conditions you might strike off along the coast, putting some real miles under the keel, weave through islands or creep up tree-lined rivers and creeks. When it gets too shallow there’s always Mascotte’s lug-rigged sailing punt by which to continue the adventure!
Cornwall’s coast path offers wonderfully varied walking, from wooded river valleys and picturesque fishing villages to windswept cliff-tops and wide sandy beaches. Mascotte carries all the maps and guides you need, and as most walks are based on the South West Coast Path, signage ashore is clear and easy to follow.
Mascotte is always there as your back up and support vehicle, so there’s no need to carry a big heavy backpack, just a bottle of water and a tasty packed lunch, prepared for you by the crew.
There is always the possibility of a bit of a roll in any swell, even in calm weather, but the joy of a loose itinerary is that the Skipper can plan the week in order to maximise time in sheltered waters. There’s not a lot to be done in case of heavy rain, whether at sea or while hiking, but it helps to know that Mascotte’s wood burner can be stoked up of an evening to dry out soggy hiking socks!
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. While the hiking elements of this voyage are optional, it is designed with keen walkers in mind, and the sailing aspects also require basic levels of fitness and mobility. 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.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
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.
Mascotte is a totally new vessel for Classic Sailing to promote, but she has been sailing with charter guests and as a private yacht for many years - mostly in Scotland but also in the Scillies and Norway.
Skippers from many of the other boats we have worked with have sailed in company with Mascotte and we have never personally heard a bad word about her voyages.
The many photos we have of Mascotte were taken by the co-founders of Classic Sailing Debbie and Adam when they have been out on Eve of St Mawes as skippers.We have raced against Mascotte and although she was 4 times the weight of our little pilot cutter Eve Mascotte was always sailed with perfect manners and courtesy and her guests always looked like they were having fun with former skipper Richard Clapman.
We are thrilled the former mate with Richard and Mascottes relief skipper Huw has taken over the the main skipper of this big pilot cutter and historic heirloom.
You won't have to take our word for much longer.
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