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Sun 13-08-2023, 14:00Brixham, UK Sun 13-08-2023, 20:30Brixham, UK Pilgrim 0 NightsPM130823

Our Torbay Sunset Sail is a great introduction to heritage sailing vessels. Torbay is known as the English Riviera with good reason. It is a UNESCO Global Geopark recognised for its unique coastal landscape. Your cruise provides a ‘taster’ of traditional sailing in the sheltered waters of the bay stretching from Berry Head in the South to Hopes Nose in the north and encompassing the resorts of Brixham, Paignton, Torquay. If conditions permit, Pilgrim will drop anchor so everyone can have a refreshing sea swim after afternoon tea. Hopefully, the climax to the trip will be one of our stunning sunsets and  some bubbly to round things off.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great Gift Idea
  • Refreshments and a wholesome afternoon tea
  • Explore Torbay Under Sail 
  • Expert Crew and Skipper to show you the Ropes
  • If you love sailing – why not introduce a friend 
  • Enjoy some bubbly at the end of the voyage.

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 Sunset Trip

Torbay Sunset Sail

Pilgrim’s Torbay Sunset Sails a great introduction to heritage sailing vessels. Torbay is known as the English Riviera with good reason. It is a UNESCO Global Geopark recognised for its unique coastal landscape. Your cruise provides a ‘taster’ of traditional sailing in the sheltered waters of the bay stretching from Berry Head in the South to Hopes Nose in the north and encompassing the resorts of Brixham, Paignton, Torquay. Hopefully, the climax to the trip will be one of our stunning sunsets and  some bubbly to round things off.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

Not only will you have a superb evening sailing our 1895 Brixham trawler, but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to assist the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner yet benefit from the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Your sailing will start and end in the historic fishing port of Brixham at the southern end of Torbay. Brixham is often referred to as the ‘mother of trawling’ as it was at the heart of the development of the sailing trawler and is still England’s most productive fishing port to this day. It is bustling now, as it was then, and the harbour is still characterised by quaint colourful fishermen’s cottages and scores of fishing boats.

Where will we go?

As soon as your Torbay Sunset Sail gets underway, you will be able to savour the delights of Torbay. The climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. Whether we stay in the bay or go a little further out, you will be able to appreciate the scenery, wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. There’s nothing quite like it!

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great Gift Idea
  • Refreshments and a wholesome afternoon tea
  • Explore Torbay Under Sail 
  • Expert Crew and Skipper to show you the Ropes
  • Glorious sunsets
  • The chance for a sea-dip if conditions allow
  • Enjoy some bubbly at the end of the voyage.
enjoy watching the sunset at sea

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

It’s simple and fun to join a Devon Traditional Sailing Day on Pilgrim. There is no need to worry about previous sailing experience or coming on your own as the majority of the guest crew are solo travellers. Day Sails and Half Day Sails are equally great for families or couples, whether you are keen to pull every rope or take a bit of a back seat. Sailing the Devon coastline , Pilgrim will set her iconic red sails out into the spacious waters where you will explore the coastline,  and beyond where there is plenty of sea-room for this wonderful wooden lady to show you what she can do.

Pilgrim - setting Sail together
Pilgrim – setting Sail together

What to Expect on your Devon Traditional Day Sail

Pilgrims’ home port of Brixham is a picture postcard fishing port, with pretty colour-washed fishermen’s cottages rising up around the old harbour. On your departure and return you will also see other heritage and classic sailing boats, as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.

On board you can either sit back, relax or help the crew hoist the sails and even take the helm – it’s up to you!

Whatever you decide, you will enjoy the magnificent scenery, fresh air and exhilarating sailing. Our Skipper and Crew will be on hand to ensure that your time onboard is as enjoyable as it can be. 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.

Pilgrim in Torbay
Pilgrim in Torbay by Peter Hunt

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be in your itinerary exactly as stated, however we will always do our up most to deliver a great experience.

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 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better. 

Want to try helming Pilgrim. Photo by Jess Warped
Want to try helming Pilgrim. Photo by Jess Warped

 

WHATS INCLUDED 

  • Skipper & professional crew
  • All onboard refreshments and meals
  • All sailing instruction
  • Use of onboard safety kit
  • Berthing, mooring & fuel costs
  • Toilets and washrooms on board

WHATS NOT INCLUDED 

  • Wet weather clothing. Please bring your own waterproof trousers and jacket. They don’t have to be specialist sailing waterproofs.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks 
  • Car park fees in port
  • travel to and from your joining port in Brixham
  • Joining or onward travel costs

 

Start & End Port

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)
  • Light Refreshments, buffet lunch on full day sail
  • Devon Cream tea on afternoon half day sail

What is not included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Alcoholic beverages

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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