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You don’t need any experience to come for a day out on the water on Tallulah, sailing straight off our mooring in St Mawes Bay. Treat yourself or a friend, or if you book quickly there might be room for a group.
Day sails are a rare thing in Tallulah’s programme as we think it takes 3 or 4 days for the Cornwall scenery and life on a beautiful boat to work its magic on you. There are only 3 day sails open to individuals on Tallulah this summer so grab a place whilst you can.
We can take upto 10 for a day sail, so if you have a group even vaguely near this magic number, then we might be able to reserve the whole boat for you, if you are first to book…..or squeeze in a different date for a private group.
Tallulah is 44ft on deck and 59ft overall so there is plenty of deck space and sails to play with. The skipper and mate will teach you all what is needed to set sail and steer this powerful gaff cutter in the best directions for a fun sail. If the sails are full and the deck is steady we will have lunch on the go, or drop anchor in a sheltered bay or river for a less windswept meal. Below decks is a WC, galley, and an oak interior and saloon with stove if you need to warm up. Hot drinks, lunch and afternoon tea and cake provided.
44ft Tallulah replaces our previous pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes, and specialises in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. There are new themed voyages to fit the moment and give everyone a lift after the restrictions of the pandemic, but the old formula of exploring by sail and oar still works, and travelling in a low carbon way is as relevant as ever to the climate crisis.
Anyone who needs a bit of salt in their hair and a full day out on the water. Birthday treats, reunions, wooden boat lovers who want to swank it up a a great looking boat, beginners who want wide decks & gentle tuition, keen sailors who want check out Tallulah for a future voyage.
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Come out for the day and have a blast. We are confident you will be back for more.
Yes, Tallulah is one of the 9 pilot cutters built by Luke Powell and fellow shipwrights. Her design is unique within that fleet, having been built for a couple to sail. Personally we think she was destined to be a charter boat and now we are out to prove it. 2ft shorter than the legendary Agnes and a lot lighter, Tallulah has sleek lines for fast sailing and space below decks to create 6 guest berths that are well spread out.
Tallulah is owned and run by Debbie Purser. She founded Classic Sailing with Adam in 1997 and our ethos has always been to sail as much as possible, row sexy rowing boats rather than use noisy outboards, and generally enhance the Cornish coastline with our boats presence. For 23 years we ran themed voyages and short breaks on our little blue pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes. Tallulah brings up right upto date with our mission to cut our guests carbon footprint and appreciate our natural surroundings, whilst having a staycation as memorable as any trip abroad. If you are coming to Cornwall from outside the UK, then thank you for coming.
Now we have a bigger pilot cutter, the low carbon theme remains. Trusty expedition rowing boat Number 8 is still with us. We tow her on most voyages so you can ‘toss oars’ on the way to a waterside pub, or silently row up a wooden creek until you are with the curlews in the salt marsh.
We are not purists though, so there is heating, hot showers, fridge, radiators and stove on board, and these need a bit of engine or diesel to work. Tallulah has a barrel windlass, oil lamps as well as 12v lighting and solar panels so we try to minimise our fossil fuel usage.
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. Day sails are no different. The skipper will be balancing the strengths and age grouping of the day sail, the weather and sea state and how to give you the best sailing experience in a short 6 hours.
Depending on wind, within day sail reach is the Helford River and the coastline around Falmouth Bay and the Manacles reef. We might have time to sail down part of the Lizard coast as far as Coverack. The fast tides here are good places to spot diving gannets, dolphins or basking sharks.
Eastwards is Gerrans Bay and the Roseland Coast with a few tiny Cornish villages like Porthscatho or Portloe between some stunning sandy beaches. We can shoot the gap between Rame Head and Gull Rock and look for guilimots breeding on this spikey island.
Falmouth Estuary and Carrick Roads is also a great sailing ground when the tide is high. A deep, meandering channel can also take you into the wooded Fal River at lower water if the wind angles are right and the day sail crew are up for a lot of sail trimming and course changes. A brief anchorage below Trelissick House and gardens is an idyllic place for lunch.
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.
Falmouth has always been an important deep water harbour and staging post for exploring the world and trading by sailing ship. In the 1890s many of the pilot cutters registered in Falmouth were based in St Mawes as the bay has fast access to the open sea. Tallulah’s mooring is far enough out in the bay for you to sail off the mooring. In summer there are many local racing fleets to dodge and off season the Falmouth Oyster Boats are out dredging under sail, trying to hang onto their unique fishery.
Helford is timeless. You feel like you are in a Daphne Du Maurier book. Dense, twisted oak trees sweep down to the water. Oystercatchers flash between rockpools, bluebells, gorse, wild garlic and primroses waft their scent out to sea. Tallulah can tack into the widest part of the river and sometimes right up through to the moorings free upper reaches if the tide is high.
Shoot the gap between Nare Head and Gull Rock with its guillimot colony, anchor off beaches where seals breed in caves. Skipper Debbie has lived here since 1996 and explored the coastline intimately, by sailing, rowing, swimming and coastal walking. The possibilities are endless if you are not obsessed with sailing great distances. If you do want to sail for miles – we can always go on a fast reach out to sea too.
Charlestown is the home of Poldark and many over movies, and full of bars and waterside restaurants. Polkerris is another place to anchor off and row ashore for a pint in an Easterly. Fowey was a privateers lair and impressive to sail into.
Tallulah has a mooring across St Mawes Bay, but for day sails we might anchor a bit nearer to the quay. For those who want to row, this is your chance to try out our big but light rowing tender and get in the mood for some salty action.
After finding out a bit about each other and what would make your day in these all too short 6 hours, the skipper and mate will introduce you life on a boat and how you sail Tallulah safety. This seamlessless morphs into the sails going up and off we go.
Some things on Tallulah are quite physical. Some things are easy peasy. She a has roller furling jib, but you need two halliards to hoist the mainsail (like all gaff sails). The barrel windlass is very manual and ancient in concept. There are loads of places to sit. There are high sides to the deck and there will be guard rails so walking on deck in rough weather feels very secure.
Meals for day sails are generally taken on deck, but the saloon is also characterful with a big oak table and skylights above. Mindful of coronavirus still being around, we generally have all hatches open when stationary, so Tallulah is better ventilated than most shoreside restaurants or pubs.
Sailing instruction is informal, but the crew have wide interests so can answer most maritime questions from navigation to boat building. Never be afraid to ask to have a go at something.
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. 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.
You don’t need to be fully covid vaccinated and boosted to join a day sail – just of good health and free from any infection – covid or otherwise. This is an outdoor activity where we spend all day on deck, apart from nipping below to the WC. Whilst there is a maximum of 12 on board for day sails we do ask that you do a lateral flow test before arriving and do not sail if you are covid positive. Even outdoors there will be times when it is not possible to socially distance as you are pulling on ropes together. Our staff test regularly but we do have a whole season and few relief crew options so please help us keep Tallulah covid free.
Agility wise you need to be able to climb a few steps up a boarding ladder from a tender or water taxi. The companionway steps down below decks are 3 steps to a flat platform, then 3 more very steep steps.
This is the home port of Classic Sailing. A seafaring village on the East side of Falmouth Harbour.
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.
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.
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 https://www.falriver.co.uk/ferries/st-mawes-ferry/timetable. 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.
Newquay is the nearest airport but it is poorly served by public transport. A taxi to St Mawes can cost over £60
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
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
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.
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