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Fri 28-07-2023, 14:00Brixham, UK Fri 28-07-2023, 20:30Brixham, UK Pilgrim 0 NightsPM280723

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

Lovely boat and great crew. No question was too daft. A highly enjoyable education.

SG

This was my first voyage on a tall ship and I had no previous experience of sailing. The crew were wonderful - friendly, calm and patiently explained and gave me confidence to help with sailing the boat. They also helped to build a warm, friendly and fun atmosphere among all of us onboard. I cannot wait until I have the opportunity to sail on Pilgrim again.

Annette

Sailing on Pilgrim was amazing. I loved every moment, she is totally beautiful. Swimming ashore and snorkelling. Building a fire on the beach. I love the freedom and peace being on the water, it's so natural and relaxing. I had such a great time with a great bunch of people.

Di

I can't wait 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

A super day assisted by lovely sun and cloud, sheer joy at being on the water.

Penny

Fantastic few days sailing on Pilgrim, the experience was well past my expectations and this was the result of the crew who all worked very hard in making this an unforgettable experience.

April
Eddie P - Pilgrim Guest Feedback Photo
Eddie P - Pilgrim Guest Feedback Photo

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. 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! I t was great fun being allowed to be involved in raising the sails and learning a bit of history about the vessel. If you hare thinking about booking a voyage, be it 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.

Kate

Brilliant, fantastic, I could not have wished for better. 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 Pilgrim.

Sophie

Pilgrim is a fantastic heritage project that deserves everyones support. I have sailed on her twice now and on both occasions the party has had a most wonderful sailing experience. Get out there and appreciate her!

Terry

The trip was one of the best experiences of my life and something I will never forget. Food was wonderful... beds were comfy... crew were faultless and very knowledgeable about the boat and its history. You can tell they have a true passion for their jobs. I would certainly return again and will be recommending to all I know!

Tashargh

Vessel Gallery

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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