|Mon 14-08-2023, 17:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Sat 19-08-2023, 10:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Mascotte||5 Nights||MT130823|
Set sail from Falmouth aboard 1904 pilot cutter Mascotte and explore the local coastline by sail while learning the ropes. You’ll stay fairly close to Falmouth during this adventure, and over the course of the week the excitement will rise as more and more vessels arrive for the start of the Tall Ships Race.
Some of the world’s largest and most impressive tall ships will be descending on Falmouth, and Mascotte will be nipping out to greet some of them as they sail in. This will be rather like old times, when she would have been working delivering pilots to guide ships into port.
As well as the usual fantastic sailing and great food, this Mascotte voyage also provides the best seats in the house to watch the Tall Ships parade of sail and departure for the first leg of the race. A sight not to be missed!
Adventurous beginners and experienced sailors alike who want to see one of the biggest spectacles in the maritime calendar, whilst enjoying fantastic sailing aboard their own historic ship.
What better way to view the tall ships in all their glory than from a sailing boat designed to get out there and catch them?! Following her launch in 1904, Mascotte worked as a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, delivering navigational pilots to large ships to guide them into port. She would sail as far as Land’s End and beyond, and the large letters on her sails indicated the pilotage licences she held (in Mascotte’s case Barry and Newport). Advertising at its finest!
Falmouth will be jumping for the Tall Ships Races, and staying on board allows you to not only enjoy fantastic sailing, and the opportunity to get much closer in to the tall ships, but also means you can take or leave all the festivities shoreside, and escape the crowds whenever you like.
There is always the possibility of a bit of a roll in any swell, even in calm weather. The skipper will plan your days aboard to make the most of the conditions, and the movements of the other ships. Falmouth offers fantastic options for up-river exploration on any days when its a bit rough to be out at sea.
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, 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.
Great trip, good food and company.Don
Loved every minute. Fantastic experience on a beautiful boat!Heather
Beautiful boat, friendly experienced staff, give it a go!Caroline
Such a wonderful experience aboard the most fabulous pilot cutter. It truly was 'as good as it gets'. Three days of the most wonderful sailing imaginable, in the most beautiful boat, in the most capable, charming and safe hands of the crew. Thank you, thank you, thank you all.John & Chrissie
The largest surviving Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte is 60 ft on deck. Built in 1904 in Wales and restored in Gloucester Mascotte is a magnificent example of Welsh maritime history. She is now offering short sailing breaks around Cornwall from her new home port of Charlestown Harbour.
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