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Tue 02-07-2024, 15:00St Mawes, Cornwall Fri 05-07-2024, 10:00Newlyn, Cornwall Tallulah 3 NightsTH050724

Mullion, Prussia Cove, St Michaels Mount are places we want to explore

Tallulah often sails around Cornwall’s Cape Horn (The Lizard Point) on the way to the Isles of Scilly, but the shortest route is to cut across Mounts Bay so far out to sea, we miss this unique place. This shorter voyage gives us a chance to linger a bit longer around the Lizard Peninsula or dip into the huge Mounts Bay and explore.

Apart from the cluster of fishing ports (Mousehole, Newlyn and Penzance) sheltering under the granite cliffs of West Penwith, the whole of Mounts Bay is exposed to the South West prevailing winds and Atlantic waves so it can be a lonely sailing ground. This week it is likely to be different as there is a festival in Mousehole called Sea Salt & Sail – starting on Friday 5th July. It is also summer so we hope there will be a steady stream of luggers, small inshore craft and traditional sailing boats heading around the Lizard to Mousehole Sea Salt & Sail Festival.

Starting from St Mawes we can sail west to Helford or Coverack on the first night. If we have benign weather then there are smaller harbours and anchorages we could visit on either side of the Lizard Peninsula. Porthallow, Cadgewith, Church Cove, Lankidden Cove, Mullion Cove. In Mounts Bay there is Prussia Cove – famous for its pirate king, and Tallulah could anchor off St Michael’s Mount if the weather suits. The Voyage ends in Newlyn which is a fascinating but busy commercial fishing port with fresh crab for sale and narrow streets and alleys where it always feels the press gang are hiding.

You might want to combine this voyage with the next 3 day trip which combines attending the festival with an art course on board. Join Classic Boat illustrator and art teacher Claudia Myatt aboard pilot cutter Tallulah.

There will be a maximum of 6 guests with Skipper and mate. Solo travellers welcome, but we also have a lovely double bed cabin for couples.

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Ideal voyage for:

Intermediate or experienced sailors wanting a delivery type voyage where we have a destination to reach, even if we have to tack to windward or cope with choppy seas. It could be totally lovely sailing in light winds but there is nearly always a bit of swell off the Lizard or into Mounts Bay.

Nature and wildlife lovers who like the more remote sailing grounds and to be out where the gannets play.


  • 3 night voyage over 4 days
  • a good voyage from A to B and back by train
  • milebuilder in middle of summer
  • finishes in Newlyn, famous for artists & fishing
  • good wildlife spotting voyage
  • Coastal scenery like Lamorna Cove and West Penwith cliffs
  • Sail in the famous Mounts Bay
  • stunning pilot cutter to pose on.


Vessel type / Rig gaff cutter
Guest Berths 6
Beam 13.5ft
Draft 7ft 5
Deck Length 44ft
Overall Length 59ft
Tonnage 22 tons
Year Built 2008
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Voyage Description


Tallulah is relatively new to charter, but her skipper and owner Debbie has explored Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by pilot cutter for over 23 years. If you sailed with Debbie on ‘Eve of St Mawes’ then you know she like to anchor off secret coves or small historic fishing villages, rather than the bright lights of tourist seaside towns.

Tallulah sails around the Lizard lighthouse on every trip to the Isles of Scilly but there is rarely time to sail deep into Mounts Bay and explore. This is a good opportunity to do just that. 

The Lizard Peninsula is made of a dark rock called serpentine. It makes great caves with dark black rock sculptured and polished by wave action and criss crossed with red veins. The hard cliffs on the west facing side resist the winter gales from the Atlantic and their remoteness is great for breeding birds like choughs, peregrine falcons and ravens.

The other side of Mounts Bay is protected by the large granite mass of West Penwith. Nestled in its shelter are the ports of Newlyn and Penzance and the unbelievably pretty port of Mousehole. A once every two years festival called Mousehole Sea Salt and Sail is being held here between 5th and 7th July 2023, so Tallulah will not be the only good looking boat on her way to the festival.

You may want to stay on in the area to soak up this great little festival, or stay on board Tallulah for the next voyage – which has an art and sketching theme, and course run by illustrator and art teacher Claudia Myatt.

 A great voyage for intermediate and experienced sailors but not beyond the sights of adventurous beginners wanting coastalsailing and remote anchorages.


  • sail around the Lizard with fast tides and great scenery
  • ‘Out there’ anchorages with significant wildlife & seabirds
  • explore Mounts Bay with iconic St Michaels Mount as a backdrop
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TALLULAH – Sail West to Scilly


Sail West to Mounts Bay

Tallulah is based in St Mawes Bay, so like the pilot cutters of old, she has easy access to the open sea. Your 40 mile sea journey to Newlyn begins with a sail down the Lizard Peninsula. The strong tides give us a helping hand towards our destination and also attract basking sharks, dolphins and pilot whales. We might sail to Helford River or Coverack on the first evening or somewhere different to enjoy the sunset.

From the Lizard Lighthouse Tallulah crosses Mounts Bay and you may loose sight of land, before the high granite cliffs of West Penwith come into view. Mounts Bay is not far from the Atlantic Ocean and it sometimes has an ocean feel to its seas. Gannets wheel overhead and pods of dolphins are common.

pilot cutter off mullion cove
sister ship agnes off mullion cove

Prussia Cove, Mullion or St Michaels Mount

None of the tiny ports and settlements around Mounts Bay offer guarenteed shelter, but if the wind direction is right they are superb places to anchor off and explore ashore. As Tallulah is heading off to France in mid July she will not be bringing her wooden rowing punt but she does have a rubber tender with outboard and paddleboards. Mullion has some great sea caves to explore. Prussia Cove is great for sea swimming and St Micheals Mount is just great to enjoy as an evening backdrop at anchor.

Closer to Newlyn is Mousehole. If we arrive early we can anchor off St Clements Island and go ashore in Mousehole to see how the festival preparations are coming on. Lamorna Cove is great in settled weather. Penzance Wet Dock or Newlyn fish harbour are good shelter options if the weather is wilder.

ashore on a deserted island. great ganilly on isles of scilly

Wild Swimming

Swimming from Tallulah in a beautiful anchorage is often a big part of the fun on our sailing activity holidays

The availability of Wild Swimming from Tallulah is at the skippers discretion. Supervision is provided from Tallulah and her dinghies. All our skippers are qualified with First Aid at Sea but not all are lifesaving guards.

wild swimming in cornwall with lifeguard

Introduction to Tallulah

Tallulah is 59ft overall with her bowsprit and her designer and builder Luke Powell is still convinced her hull shape and lighter construction makes her the fastest pilot cutter he has built. We have yet to prove that pedigree as Tallulah has only been lightly used as a private yacht since her launch on 2008.

Having a longer waterline than our previous pilot cutter Eve means Tallulah will make faster passages to the islands, and with a lot more space below decks for the same number of guests (max 6 and 2 crew).

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. If it is too dangerous to be in the Isles of Scilly or we need to leave early, then the skipper will try and create a voyage similar in style to our Scilly Expeditions, but in more sheltered waters.

out to sea on pilot cutter Tallulah



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.

reading in the sunset. anchored off tresco on tallulah
ocean sunset off tresco


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

Start & End Port

St Mawes, Cornwall

pilot cutters in St Mawes Bay

This is the home port of Classic Sailing. A seafaring village on the East side of Falmouth Harbour.

Latest Updates

Where to Meet in St Mawes to Join Tallulah

Updated 7-03-23

The historic Quay in St Mawes Harbour (TR2 5DW) is the official rendezvous for all Tallulah Voyages. Plan your travel for the quay in your first instance.

Tallulah has a mooring in St Mawes Bay. Skipper Debbie or the mate will normally meet you at the quay steps /harbour pontoon in Tallulah’s tender – a large blue rowing boat with ‘8’ on the side.


Bad Weather Alternative Ports

In the event of St Mawes being exposed to strong winds / big seas from the west or SW, we may start the voyage from more sheltered waters. This is likely to be the River Fal – Smugglers moorings near St Mawes or Falmouth Estuary. 

Debbie will contact you at least 48hrs before the voyage with final joining instructions by email and text. All confirmed customers will be sent Debbies mobile number for emergencies or late arrival.

Joining Instructions Tallulah

Joining Instructions Tallulah pdf


How to Get Here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for St Mawes – if you follow a Sat Nav you will probably be taken via King Harry Car Ferry which is not the quickest route but is worth doing for the experience.

The best way is to leave the A30 at Fraddon and follow the B3275 until it meets the A390 where you turn left for a little way back towards St Austell. Then follow the signs to the right for the A3078 which ends in St Mawes.

There are two car parks in St Mawes both trouble free and you can pay by card

St Mawes Quay Car Park is very convenient as it is where you join your voyage but is a little more expensive.

St Mawes Central Car Park run by the St Just in Roseland Parish Council  is recommended. It is just a minute walk from the Quay.

You can pay for a number of days with a debit card

There is  free street parking in the roads up from the main beach, if you can find a space. Buckeys Lane is one way so please park on the right. The private roads of Pedn Moran or Freshwater Lane are popular with beach visitors and holiday cottage customers. Local residents are used to mystery cars parked outside for several days, as long as no drives are blocked, it seems the accepted thing. As with all street parking please make sure there is room for fire engines to get through. From any of these roads the Quay is about 5 minutes walk.

Rail & transfers

To get to St Mawes by train, buy a ticket for Falmouth Town Station, walk down to the waterfront and come across the water from Falmouth to St Mawes by passenger ferry.

Falmouth is on a branch line from Truro which is on the main London – Penzance rail line.  Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK and it is only 30 minutes down the branch line to Falmouth. Beware there are several small stations in Falmouth. Get off at Falmouth Town Station.

Falmouth Town Station (the Dell) is ten minutes walk from Customs House Quay where one of three ferries runs to St Mawes in the summer. If you just miss a ferry there are other departures to St Mawes from Prince of Wales Pier, the other side of town. In the winter – all ferries run from Prince of Wales Pier only. It is about 15 minutes walk through the town to the Prince of Wales Pier.

Ferry is the best way. St Mawes Passenger Ferry timetable for both piers This has a live update to confirm which ferries are running on the day. It only stops in really bad weather.

St Mawes Ferry  01872 861 911 or 07855 438 674

 Ferries are hourly in winter and three per hour in the summer and the journey is 20-25 minutes.


There are buses from Truro to St Mawes but they are very infrequent and take about an hour. 

Air & transfers

Newquay is the nearest airport but it is poorly served by public transport. A taxi to St Mawes can cost over £60

Feeling Guilty? – Carbon Offsetting Schemes

Classic Sailing recommend Treesisters charity as a carbon offsetting scheme and we have our own Classic Sailing Forest you can add tree planting to. These community tree planting schemes are all in parts of the world that desperately need reforestation and have maximum scope to reduce CO2

Newlyn, Cornwall

The address for the Strand in Newlyn is; Strand, Newlyn, TR18 5HW. Take a note of the ship’s phone number sent in your confirmation in case you cannot see your vessel.

Newlyn Port Details PDF

Kit List

What to pack for a sailing holiday on Tallulah


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals on board & refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • Wooden rowing boat activities
  • 2 x Stand Up Paddleboards & buoyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • Wellie boots
  • Waterproof jackets & trousers 

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please!

Tallulah does not have waterproof jacket and trousers yet, so please bring a properly waterproof jacket and trousers on all voyages.

Walking and cycling waterproofs are usually adequate and much lighter to pack, so there really is no need to buy a coastal sailing jacket (unless you really want an excuse to invest in your future sailing). If you need any advice, or lack of a jacket is preventing you participating, please ring us on 01326 53 1234

  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a 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.
  • we have space if you want to bring a wetsuit for wild swimming or SUP adventures
  • 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 deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for European or Ireland Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips
  • 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.


Tallulah does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol, (unless it is an alcohol free voyage) e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.

A Note on Covid 19

While Tallulah's guests do not need to prove Covid Vaccination status at this time, it is expected that if a guest feels unwell prior to joining the ship they should always use common sense and test when appropriate to decide whether they should join the voyage, for their own safety and the safety of others onboard. It is a requirement that guests on residential voyages take out appropriate Travel Insurance and care should be taken to ensure insurance includes cover for such a case. Likewise, should members of Tallulah's professional crew including the skipper feel unwell prior to a voyage, they will always use common sense & test when appropriate.


A welcome in oak

Vessel Gallery

Photos and images of the striking 44ft pilot cutter Tallulah, offering charter voyages for individuals, couples and groups from 2022.  Based in St Mawes, Cornwall. No experience is necessary and a local skipper as your guide.

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