|Sat 17-08-2024, 15:00St Mawes, Cornwall||Fri 23-08-2024, 10:00St Mawes, Cornwall||Tallulah||6 Nights||TH170824|
Tallulah might be new to the Scillies but her skipper Debbie has been sailing here almost every summer since 1997. She has many suggestions for what you can do on St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco, St Martins or some of the uninhabited islands. The landscape changes with the tides and this is a big spring tide week so you may even be able to walk between some islands at LW. Sailing offshore from St Mawes to this granite archipelago is a long day sail, in places out of sight of land, so arriving at your first anchorage is really special.
max 6 guests. Solo travellers welcome.
Keen sailors who want a taste of offshore passagemaking, romantics that like remote anchorages. Photographers, artists and wildlife enthusiasts will love the Scillies and August is a great time for swimming, seal spotting and this week try the big spring tide challenge of walking between the islands at LW.
Tallulah is new to charter, but her skipper and owner Debbie has explored the Isles of Scilly by pilot cutter for over 23 years. If you sailed with Debbie on ‘Eve of St Mawes’ then you know she like to anchor amongst uninhabited islands, go for short sails between and around the Isles, and spend plenty of time ashore too.
We like to do things as carbon free as possible so Tallulah will bring a wooden rowing dinghy, stand up paddleboards and an electric outboard for longer boat trips on ‘Number 8.’ There is a mate on board too, but we believe in hands on participation in the sailing. A great voyage for intermediate and experienced sailors but not beyond the sights of adventurous beginners wanting offshore sailing and remote anchorages.
Tallulah is based in St Mawes Bay, so like the pilot cutters of old, she has easy access to the open sea. Your 60-70 mile sea journey to the Isles of Scilly begins with a sail down the Lizard Peninsula. The strong tides give us a helping hand towards our destination and also attract basking sharks, dolphins and pilot whales. We might shorten the passage by sailing to Helford River or Coverack on the first evening, but usually its an early start from St Mawes or nearby.
From the Lizard Lighthouse Tallulah crosses Mounts Bay and you may loose sight of land, before the high granite cliffs of West Penwith come into view. Wolf Rock lighthouse is on route and the seas around Lands End are the beginning of the Atlantic Ocean. Gannets wheel overhead and big ships need to be watched carefully.
If there is a big swell running or prolonged gales forecast then the Isles of Scilly is not the place to be in a sailing boat of any size. Tallulah’s Scilly season begins in midsummer and ends in early September, so conditions are usually more benign. The passage out is still quite a challenge and a long day. The guest crew will be split into 2 watches so you know when you are the crew helping the skipper or mate, and when you can just relax or take a snooze. The rewards are great though, and we aim to make landfall way before dusk. Favourite first night anchorages include the Cove in St Agnes, Porthcressa on St Marys, or around the top of Tresco to Old or New Grimsby sound.
The Isles of Scilly are granite outposts and have no silty rivers. This means the beaches have white sand that looks like the Seychelles, glittering with mica and crystal clear seas. Swimming is amazing but chilly. Seals swim in the kelp forests, terns scream overhead and in spring you might see puffins.
For 100 years the pilot trade was the main industry in the Isles of Scilly so pilot cutters are part of its heritage. Growing flowers was the next economic boon. The unique micro climate supports sub tropical plants, which all adds to the unique character of Scilly.
Swimming from Tallulah in a beautiful anchorage is often a big part of the fun on our sailing activity holidays
The availability of Wild Swimming from Tallulah is at the skippers discretion. Supervision is provided from Tallulah and her dinghies. All our skippers are qualified with First Aid at Sea but not all are lifesaving guards.
Tallulah is 59ft overall with her bowsprit and her designer and builder Luke Powell is still convinced her hull shape and lighter construction makes her the fastest pilot cutter he has built. We have yet to prove that pedigree as Tallulah has only been lightly used as a private yacht since her launch on 2008.
Having a longer waterline than our previous pilot cutter Eve means Tallulah will make faster passages to the islands, and with a lot more space below decks for the same number of guests (max 6 and 2 crew).
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 it is too dangerous to be in the Isles of Scilly or we need to leave early, then the skipper will try and create a voyage similar in style to our Scilly Expeditions, but in more sheltered waters.
A hands on training session and possibly a short sail from St Mawes on the first evening.
We plan all Tallulah Scilly dates to maximise the tide with us at the start of your voyage. If the weather is ok we set off early on the first full day. Generally the aim is to reach the Isles of Scilly in one long day sail, but sometimes we will stop in Mounts Bay on route. Very rarely we will go west overnight if it is really calm, or favourable light winds.
We generally reach an anchorage in time for a swim, or a walk ashore to watch the sunset, or perhaps a beer in the pub. All overnight stops are anchorages in Scilly. There are limited facilities ashore. Your landing stage is often barefoot on a beach.
Approx 4 evenings and 3 full days are spent in Scilly. This might be a different anchorage each night, but how and when we move is very weather and tide dependant. If you want to learn advanced navigation this is the place. Each hop requires detailed pilotage planning as there are a lot of rocks and sandbars. Scenically this is a fascinating, changing landscape so bring a camera.
By the time you come to sail back to St Mawes, you will be well used to boat life and the winds are usually behind us for fast sailing. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and sometimes even tuna.
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 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.
This is the home port of Classic Sailing. A seafaring village on the East side of Falmouth Harbour.
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.
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.
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 https://www.falriver.co.uk/ferries/st-mawes-ferry/timetable. 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.
Newquay is the nearest airport but it is poorly served by public transport. A taxi to St Mawes can cost over £60
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
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
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.
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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