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Short break from Cornwall to Devon, Sail the West Country Coastline from Falmouth to Brixham

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Mon 18-07-2022, 12:00Falmouth, Cornwall Wed 20-07-2022, 12:00Brixham, UK Pilgrim 2 NightsPM180722

If you are looking for a short break with plenty of coastal sailing then this particular voyage has quite a few miles to cover. No short break sails are exactly the same and this trip will give you a real sense of passage making on a deep sea sailing trawler..

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IDEAL VOYAGE 

Pilgrim has a fantastic wide and stable deck which is ideal for beginners on their first voyage. With a maximum of ten guest crew there will be plenty of opportunity to take the helm, help to hoist the sails or simply take in the scenery and enjoy being out on the water. 

Voyage Highlights

  • Skipper & professional crew teaching you to sail
  • Sail a Brixham Trawler in her historic sailing grounds
  • Delicious food, snacks and refreshments on board
  • Historic harbours, wooded river valleys, dramatic cliffs and beaches
  • Linen and duvets provided 
  • beautifully restored 1895 vessel

Pilgrim

Vessel type / Rig Gaff Ketch
Guest Berths 10
Beam 17.5ft
Draft 10.5ft
Deck Length 74ft
Overall Length 94ft
Tonnage 90 tons
Year Built 1895
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Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE 

If you are looking for a short break with plenty of coastal sailing then this particular voyage has quite a few miles to cover. No short break sails are exactly the same and this trip will give you a real sense of passage making on a deep sea sailing trawler. Pilgrim has a fantastic wide and stable deck which is ideal for beginners on their first voyage. With a maximum of ten guest crew there will be plenty of opportunity to take the helm, help to hoist the sails or simply take in the scenery and enjoy being out on the water. 

Voyage Highlights

  • Skipper & professional crew teaching you to sail
  • Sail a Brixham Trawler in her historic sailing grounds
  • Delicious food, snacks and refreshments on board
  • Historic harbours, wooded river valleys, dramatic cliffs and beaches
  • Linen and duvets provided 
  • beautifully restored 1895 vessel
Pilgrim the Brixham Trawler
Pilgrim the Brixham Trawler

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

This is an ideal voyage for a taste of sailing a traditional boat. This five night voyage takes Pilgrim back to her home port of Brixham visiting Cornish and Devon ports on the way. 

Over the Border – Sail from Cornwall to Devon

Sail from Cornwall to Devon on Pilgrim
Sail from Cornwall to Devon on Pilgrim

When you join Pilgrim in Falmouth the skipper will run through safety drills and introduce you to his stunning Brixham Trawler and the rest of the crew. As soon as everyone is settled and has stowed away their gear you should be able to hoist the distinctive red sails and leave the dock into the Carrick Roads.  

Inner Falmouth Harbour is well protected from all directions and there is plenty of sea room between Pendennis Castle, St Mawes Castle and St Anthony’s lighthouse for you to keep on adding a sail or practice some tacking or gybing. After about a mile you are out into Falmouth Bay and heading East to the next major headland – The Dodman.

With daylight hours not far off midsummer Pilgrim may be able to reach Fowey harbour on the first night without any night sailing, but if the wind is better to go East on the Saturday, you might find yourself anchored in St Mawes Bay or the entrance to the Helford River, for a scenic spot for an evening meal and good start in the morning. 

Fowey – Pirate Lair and Chic Seafood Restaurants

Fowey is a drowned river valley or ria, with the bustling and sophisticated town of Fowey on one side of the river valley and the equally historic backstreets and inns of Polruan on the East bank.  There is always plenty to see on the water with China Clay ships almost filling the harbour when they come in, yachts and visiting tall ships make use of the deep water moorings and local keel boats and dinghies race amongst the moorings.

Once the home of Fowey Gallants, a fearsome bunch of pirates and privateers, Fowey is also well known as the home and inspiration for author Daphne Du Maurier.

Plymouth, Cawsand and River Tamar

The Devon coastline is stunning.
The Devon coastline is stunning.

The famous Port of Plymouth could be the next possible stopping point overnight. Sutton Harbour is right in the heart of the Barbican but there are also more peaceful anchorages like Barn Pool off Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, Jennicliffe Bay or the border village of Cawsand with a great sandy beach and an impressive number of pubs for the size of the port!

Salcombe for Coves of Golden Sand

Salcombe and its beautiful harbour set in a stunning natural environment designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only a few miles across the Devon border. Salcombe has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Despite becoming a vibrant, busy little town, Salcombe still manages to retain its unique Devon charm!  The entrance is dramatic with high spiky cliffs and a sandbar to cross. There are sandy coves on each side of this drowned river valley and some very attractive town houses that were once the rich rewards for sea captains and merchants.

You are now well into Pilgrim’s local waters here. Tides are strong around Start Point and behind the sandbar are a few interesting anchorages like Hallsands where the village fell into the sea.

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

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 whilst visiting idyllic anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above and hopefully Mother Nature will be kind and provide perfect sailing weather for this specific voyage. 

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

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.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

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.

AGILITY & FITNESS

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 INCLUDED

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

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • 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 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. Falmouth Port Map and Details PDF

Brixham, UK

Joining or leaving point.

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship!

For Pilgrim, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe

Brixham transport and parking details

Kit List

Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses) 
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows 

What is not included 

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels

What to Bring

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

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • 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 as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (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 Pilgrims deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore – especially on sailing and walking and Scillies voyages.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for French Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where France could be an alternative venue.
  • 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.

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.

 

Review

 

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Summer 2019

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

 

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

 

How was the sailing?

Just right

 

Did you have any rough weather?

None

 

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.required

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

Di F . Pilgrim
Di F . Pilgrim

 

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.

Voyage Summary

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

 

 
For the sheer joy!

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

For the Thrills and Excitement!

"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. 

Eddie P - Pilgrim Guest Feedback Photo
Eddie P - Pilgrim Guest Feedback Photo
Relax and de-stress

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

Early morning light, photo by guest crew member Kate.
Early morning light, photo by guest crew member Kate.
“50th Birthday, Pirate Party!! Arrgh.....”

"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

Another wonderful trip with a brilliant crew for hospitality

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

“Best Birthday Ever”

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

“One Way Trip to Falmouth from Brixham”

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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Restored Brixham Sailing Trawler Pilgrim in action and images. Photos from Classic Sailing customers, ships crew and professional photographers. We hope it gives a flavour of her sailing, life on board, the people that come, her beautiful sailing grounds and what it is like to live below decks.

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