|Sun 18-06-2023, 17:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Fri 23-06-2023, 10:00Falmouth, Cornwall||Mascotte||5 Nights||MT180623|
Set sail from Falmouth aboard 1904 pilot cutter Mascotte and so many opportunities for adventure open up before you. The skipper will plan your voyage to make the most of the conditions, and find a different secluded beach each day where you can have a session with Mascotte’s on-board yoga instructor Becky Mayes.
Throw in some secluded anchorages, wild swimming, fresh fish straight from the sea, wildlife spotting and beautiful night skies, and you’ve got a week’s holiday that will leave you invigorated and refreshed.
Exploring up some of Cornwall’s beautiful estuaries
Enjoying fresh air yoga on beaches that are hard to reach by land (all yoga is optional!)
Evenings spent anchored in peaceful seclusion
The possibility of night sailing, with unbeatable views of the stars
An escape from the stresses of the digital world
Helping to set sails, trim and helm this historic sailing ship
Bonfires on the beach
Wildlife spotting (dolphins, porpoises, seals, basking sharks and a host of different sea birds to name but a few…)
Enjoying great food, freshly cooked (and often freshly caught!)
…and some fantastic sailing!
Falmouth is a fantastic jumping-off point for a South West adventure. Not only are there good public transport links, but from a sailing perspective its a sheltered and safe embarkation point, and gives the crew plenty of options for passage planning. Arriving in the late afternoon, there’s time to get familiar with the ship, receive a full safety briefing from the crew, enjoy freshly cooked dinner aboard while getting to know your fellow sailors, and then settling in to your bunk for a cosy night’s sleep before striking out to sea the following morning.
You will get to know the coastline from a sailor’s point of view. You can sail from headland to headland and bay to bay, enjoying the differences in the geology and flora as you go. You can also get up close and personal with marine wildlife, from seals and dolphins to sea birds of all sorts.
Depending on conditions you might strike off along the coast, putting some real miles under the keel, weave through islands or creep up tree-lined rivers and creeks. When it gets too shallow there’s always Mascotte’s lug-rigged sailing punt by which to continue the adventure!
Mascotte’s own resident Yoga instructor for the week, Becky Mayes, will lead daily sessions along some of the beautiful stretches of coastline you’ll be visiting. All yoga is optional, and tailored to the abilities of the group. No experience required!
There is always the possibility of a bit of a roll in any swell, even in calm weather, but the joy of a loose itinerary is that the Skipper can plan the week in order to maximise time in sheltered waters. There’s not a lot to be done in case of heavy rain, whether at sea or while hiking, but it helps to know that Mascotte’s wood burner can be stoked up of an evening to dry out soggy hiking socks!
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. While the hiking elements of this voyage are optional, it is designed with keen walkers in mind, and the sailing aspects also require basic levels of fitness and mobility. 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
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