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Midsummer is a beautiful time of year to visit the Isles of Scilly. The seabirds are breeding, puffins and shearwaters can be spotted and Western Grey seals haul out on the granite reefs. Pilgrim is a 1895 deep-sea sailing trawler that has been virtually rebuilt so she makes a capable sailing ship to sail out to these archipelagos on the edge of the Atlantic. There are anchorages deep enough for Pilgrim near Tresco, Bryher, St Marys and perhaps some uninhabited islands.
Plenty of sailing to get you under way and then lots of islands to explore. Spotting marine wildlife as you can frequently see sun fish, seals, cetaceans and if your lucky Basking Sharks.
Contact Island Wildlife Tours for guided walks on the islands, local wildlife expert author, ornithologist, history of the islands, Will Wagstaff, on 01720 422212. Please check with your skipper to ensure it fits in with voyage plan.
Journeying from Cornwall, past numerous coves and iconic harbours, beyond Lands End and out into the Atlantic Ocean can be challenging or a cracking sail. The bigger your sailing ship the more comfortable the ride across a stretch of water that is rarely still. Your prize for being a salty offshore sailor for 10-15 hours is arriving in the beautiful and stunning Isles of Scilly. Learn the ropes on the way, wave at Wolf Rock Lighthouse as you pass and take photographs of dolphins, whales and seabirds as you ‘hiss’ through the waves arriving in the aquamarine clear waters of the Scillies. One of the first things that will amaze you will be the vivid colours of the sea, the dazzling white sand beaches….and a lot of rocks. Ideal for those who have sailed before and are keen to test themselves on two offshore passages, experience remote anchorages and see intricate pilotage in action. A resilient novice that is up for a challenge would love these voyages too.
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 which will be controlled by Mother Nature.
The Scillies has several anchorages and harbours that suit different directions of swell and wind, but no single anchorage out here can be considered a storm haven, safe in all wind and swell combinations. If Pilgrim is unable to safely reach the Scillies, or you are in the Scillies and the forecast weather takes a turn for the worse, then the skipper may have to seek alternative sailing grounds like mainland Cornwall. They will do there best to provide a voyage similar in spirit and flavour to a voyage based in the Scillies.
The 65 mile passage to the Scillies is a really great way to learn the ropes of a beautiful traditional wooden ship. The voyage starts and finishes in Cornwall in the stunning nautical port of Falmouth. Once on board and after a brief introduction and run through health & safety you and your fellow crew members will be setting Pilgrim up to sail out of Falmouth and out to sea.
Passing between Pendennis Point and St Anthony lighthouse Pilgrim will be bound for the Lizard and down the unspoilt coastline passing Coverack, Cadgwith and zip around the Lizard light with the tide.
Its a long way across Mounts Bay but you might see the famous St Michael’s Mount. After leaving Land’s End behind you Wolf Rock lighthouse is your next focal point and you will really begin to start feeling that you are out sailing on the Atlantic Ocean. As there can be strong tides and shallow seamounts around the Lizard Point and Lands End these upswellings and currents are ideal for sea-life to feed on and you are likely see basking sharks, ocean seabirds diving, dolphins, or perhaps whales – so be sure to have your camera ready!
The thrill of spotting the Isles of Scilly when this fascinating archipelago first appears over the horizon never goes away, however many times you visit. Choosing and making your destination in the Scillies is greatly cherished because not only do you arrive in style under sail but you have been part of the journey, your effort and team work has made it possible. You get a sense of achievement never found arriving by ferry or plane.
Your days in amongst the islands will be about exploring and anchoring in quiet bays surrounded by sandy beaches. You will get to know this fabulous archipelago from a sailor’s point of view sailing round the rocks from island to island. Tresco, St Martin, St Agnes, St Mary’s are just a few to name. The pilotage between the islands is complex and fascinating if you are interested in navigation.
Look out for Atlantic grey seals in the Western rocks or in among the kelp beds. Take the opportunity to snorkel or swim in the clear water of Scilly’s many wonderful bays, or ramble round on foot to experience the local flora and fauna ashore.
The deserted white glittering beaches are reminiscent of the Seychelles and the Isles of Scillies is renowned for incredible cyrstal clear turquoise waters. If you do take a dip in the sea be warned as the sea water is refreshingly fresh all year round! Exploring ashore is a key part of the holiday with tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens to visit, or you can wander lonely as a cloud over purple heathland or beach comb amongst the oystercatchers.
There is NO light pollution on the Scillies so star gazing at night is exceptional and words can hardly prepare you for the sunrises and the sunsets enhancing the peace and tranquility that these beautiful islands will offer you whilst sailing on a beautiful traditional boat.
When the Skipper sees the a safe weather window to return to Falmouth you will leave the beautiful islands and return to Cornwall where you will disembark having experienced an memorable adventure where you have increased your sailing knowledge and made some new friends!
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.
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 for each vessel, but sometimes they can also be at anchor. It is always best to call the ship’s phone on the day.
Custom House Quay next to the Chain Locker is the usual place for joining Grayhound, Irene and Eda Frandsen.
Pendennis Marina behind the Maritime museum is the usual place for joining Agnes, Leader, Provident and Pilgrim.
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.
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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