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Mon 14-08-2023, 17:00Falmouth, Cornwall Sat 19-08-2023, 10:00Falmouth, Cornwall Mascotte 5 NightsMT130823

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!

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  • Vessel


  • Getting up close and personal with a huge variety of sailing ships
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing (and the fun!)
  • A mixture of evenings spent either anchored in beautiful seclusion or enjoying the festivities ashore
  • Best seats in the house for the start of the 2023 Tall Ships Race


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Cutter
Guest Berths 7-8
Beam 15ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 60ft
Overall Length 75ft
Tonnage 55 tons
Year Built 1904
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Voyage Description


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.


  • Getting up close and personal with a huge variety of sailing ships
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing (and the fun!)
  • A mixture of evenings spent either anchored in beautiful seclusion or enjoying the festivities ashore
  • Wild swimming opportunities
  • Learn the ropes on a historic pilot cutter
Falmouth Tall Ships Race 2023
Falmouth Tall Ships Race 2023

Doing what she does best…

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.


well proportioned 60ft pilot cutter mascotte off st mawes
mascotte under sail


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.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels for day use and swimming
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

Falmouth, Cornwall

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.

Falmouth Port Map and Details PDF


Joining Mascotte in Falmouth 2022 pdf

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers - but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer

What is not included

  • Travel to and from the port/s
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • Wellie boots

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please! Mascotte does have waterproof jacket and trousers you can borrow in a variety of sizes. if you have your own outdoor waterproof of any type you might want to bring your own so you know you can get a good fit. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022
  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a heavy waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport and Reciprocal Free Health Care card if sailing in Europe.
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.
  • You can bring a small amount of alcohol if you wish, but please be aware that drinking is always at the discretion of the skipper and will only be permitted when it's safe.


Great trip, good food and company.


Loved every minute. Fantastic experience on a beautiful boat!


Beautiful boat, friendly experienced staff, give it a go!


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

Vessel Gallery

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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