|Thu 30-06-2022, 10:00Charlestown, Cornwall||Tue 05-07-2022, 18:00Charlestown, Cornwall||Mascotte||5 Nights||MT300622|
Sail almost the full length of the South Cornwall coast into Mounts Bay for the Mousehole Sea, Salts and Sail Festival 2022. This tiny harbour is the iconic Cornish fishing harbour with granite sea walls and white glittering mica sand in the inner harbour. Your sunrise view from here is St Michael’s Mount and a harbour of luggers, wooden boats and visiting French Bisquines. There is likely to be a good turn out this year as the event is just before the big French festivals of Brest and Douarnenez. Mascotte is quite big to get into the shallow harbour but 3 masted lugger Grayhound has been in there so anything is possible. More convenient for day sailing will be anchoring near St Clements Island. On Sunday or Monday Mascotte sets sail back to Charlestown – hopefully with a South West tail wind.
A bit more than a short taster – more of a journey way out West. This route takes you around the Lizard Penisula and into the 35 mile wide Mounts Bay. There is not much between you for shelter from the Atlantic other than the enduring granite of West Penwith and Lands End.
Tucked in its lee is the iconic fishing village of Mousehole. The granite harbour walls form a semi circle around a beautiful shallow harbour of glittering mica white sands. This festival is as much about aesthetics as it is tradition and sailing skills. Nearby Newlyn is famous for its artists as well as its modern day fishing fleet.
If you love to mix with working fishermen, sailors, artists and wooden boat owners this is a great gathering.
If you just want a decent length coastal sail to Mousehole and back from Charleston on a mighty pilot cutter then this 5 day voyage will suit.
Those sailors or keen newcomers wanting to experience the more rugged side of Cornwall. The further West you sail the more the Atlantic Ocean makes its presence felt. This can be ocean swell and gannets diving or something as benign as turtles or sunfish coming in on the North Atlantic drift.
Mousehole is not a sheltered harbour in some wind directions so this is a rather special festival for the hardy beginners and true sailors. It can be idylic with large vessels sculling and warping themselves into the shallow harbour, of it can be an event where the fleet has to shelter in nearby Newlyn or Penzance. It is mid summer so we all hope for the former.
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.
If Mousehole is not going to be sheltered then the fleet of visiting boats will be seeking out more sheltered options overnight, but it generally would not stop the sailing in the bay.
Join the boat from Charlestown Harbour. This will probably be by small boat out to Mascotte at anchor, just off the harbour to save locking out of the inner basin.
Enjoy a welcome, ship familiarisation and supper and a night at anchor under the stars. Charlestown has been used to film Poldark, Taboo, Three Musketeers and many period films so just being at anchor as the sunsets transports you back to a byegone era.
In the morning, primed by a hearty breakfast it is time to set sail on Mascotte and weigh anchor. It would be a long day sail all the way to Mousehole so you are probably looking at two hops.
The Dodman is the first headland to round and then there ar several anchorages if the seas are calm along the Roseland Coast or into Falmouth, St Mawes Bay or Helford River.
The tides run fast between the Manacles Reef and Lizard Point but it is a great spot for marine wildlife. Look out for sunfish, basking sharks or cetaceans. If the wind is from the West or North West then you can have a fast sail in flat seas to the most Southerly point in the UK mainland and it helps to have the tide with you.
There are a few anchorages in mounts Bay but it can be a bit wild. In good weather there is Mullion Cove with its caves or St Michael’s Mount.
Mascotte will probably anchor off this shallow harbour and leave the smaller boats with legs to enter and sit on the bottom at low tide. It doesn’t stop you going ashore by boat and soaking up the atmosphere in the evenings. There are sculling races and colourful flags, music and a great place to taste local seafood and crabs.
This voyage has the potential to be sailing in rougher waters than East of the Lizard if the winds and swell are from the South West or South East. This is peak summer so it is normally more stable with light winds and decent sunshine.
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 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
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This historic private harbour is the home port of Anny and Mascotte, but there are often several tall ships in the dock and you never quite know what you will find.
Charlestown Harbour is set on the rugged South Cornish Coast. The last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK, Charlestown is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site, with a unique history and geography. Charlestown is still a vibrant working port, with classic sailing vessels, beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink.
Charlestown Harbour has also made a name for itself in the film and TV industries, featuring in Poldark, Taboo, Hornblower and many other productions.
A natural amphitheatre and great setting for your friends or relatives to come and wave goodbye from. Charlestown is tidal, so access both in and out is determined by high tide times. We will advise you nearer to departure of the exact joining times.
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.
As soon as we have the first guest feedback we will update this page.
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