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Sun 27-03-2022, 15:00Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne Wed 30-03-2022, 10:00Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne Tallulah 3 NightsTH270322

Allegedly the fastest Luke Powell pilot cutter – Lets see what Tallulah can do

A training and familarisation voyage for potential relief skippers, mates and keen sailors who want to be involved in Tallulah’s adventure charter holidays in Cornwall. Tallulah was built for a couple as a private yacht, so there have been quite a few changes to fit her out for charter over the winter 21/22. The sailing part of these few days is test the best way to run the boat in an exciting but safe way and also go for a good old blast.
The social part of the voyage is to have an open discussion about future employment and volunteering options on board.

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Ideal voyage for:

We will be inviting possible relief mates and skippers to sail on this sea trial but there is also scope for keen sailors who would be keen to sail as short notice volunteers, or experienced deck hands / watch leaders on some trips. As we also run voyages with small rowing boats and open sailing boats, and boat building workshops, there is quite a bit of scope to get involved all year round.

Highlights:

  • 3 night voyage over 4 days
  • Cornwall to ourselves – empty anchorages
  • Sheltered River Fal as our base
  • cosy wooden pilot cutter with radiators & Stove
  • 15ft rowing boat for forays ashore
  • lots of sailing action
  • 4 separate cabin spaces & max 6 guests

Tallulah

Vessel type / Rig gaff cutter
Guest Berths 6
Beam 19.6ft
Draft 7ft 5
Deck Length 44ft
Overall Length 59ft
Tonnage 22 tons
Year Built 2008
More about the Vessel

Voyage Description

IDEAL VOYAGE

Tallulah is new to charter, but her skipper and owner is an old hand at exploring Cornwall by pilot cutter. If you sailed with Debbie on ‘Eve of St Mawes’ then why not come and try this bigger, sleeker sister ship. 

If you are already a fan of pilot cutters built by Luke Powell then you know they make great charter boats. Tallulah is the same size as Amelie Rose and 2ft shorter than Agnes. This is a shakedown trip in February, after a winter refit converting the boat to a charter vessel. There will be a lot of new equipment to test. You need to be fairly hardy for this experimental voyage, although there is a stove and radiators on board.  This is an ideal voyage for keen sailors, future volunteers or mates and anyone who happy to test out sailing proceedures, safety drills and the latest menus on our new cooker. We want your feedback so we can start the first season properly at Easter. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Start and finish on the sheltered River Fal 
  • Be there at the beginning of Tallulah’s new start
  • Sail with Classic Sailing Co founder Debbie Purser
  • Learn about how to set up a charter boat
  • Freshly cooked food and accommodation all onboard.
  • Comfortable berths with heating & oil lamps
new pilot cutter for charter
OUR FIRST SAIL ON TALLULAH – CAT HOLMAN

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

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.

Come to South Cornwall and help us start a new chapter in the life of this stunning looking gaff cutter. 

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.

Tallulah’s maiden charter voyage

Tallulah is a well proven classic yacht, well set up for sailing, but she has yet to carve her niche in the charter world. Owner and skipper Debbie Purser has many ideas on how to make her the best low carbon way to explore Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Based on 23 years of creating innovative voyages on our previous vessel Eve of St Mawes, Tallulah takes over the mantle of flagship for Classic Sailing and gives the company a vessel to shape sailing holidays that fit this strange new world we live in.

The voyages we aim to create are a modern twist on everything that the Classic Sailing ethos represents. Hands On sailing, responsible green travel, promoting marine wildlife and the good company of adventurous individuals.

Lots of Action & Hope for the Future

February half term is very early for sailing, but Tallulah has been lucky in securing a winter mooring at Smugglers Cottage on the tree lined River Fal.

Skipper Debbie has sailed Tallulah already in 2021, but much will change over winter 2021/22. New running rigging, changes to anchoring systems, more bunks installed, cooker changing from paraffin to gas, and an emphasis on self sufficient expedition like sailing, rather than the marina hopping she was more recently used for.

A lot more safety equipment will be added to comply with commercial coding so we aimed to try out emergency proceedures like man overboard drills, reefing sails quickly and getting to grips with the barrel windlass. This is a true shakedown and sea trial to test new equipment, heating systems, and tweek new rigging set ups.

Tallulah has a powerful 75hp engine and 22 tons of momentum, so the empty pontoons on the River Fal will be a good place to practice power handling too.

AL FRESCO solutions – BEFORE THE NEW COOKER

What to Expect on your Shakedown Voyage

Leaving from Smugglers near St Mawes

Finding Tallulah’s winter hiding place is best done in the daylight. Miles down a leafy private road that was built for American tanks preparing for the D Day Landings.

Tallulah will either be on the small pontoon at Smugglers Cottage or her mooring nearby and the skipper or mate will meet you by rowing boat. You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

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.

Learning THE ROPES

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. 

 

Start & End Port

Smugglers Cottage, Tolverne

Kit List

Included

  • 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 & bouyancy jackets (on summer voyages)

What is not included

  • towels
  • 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

  • Proof of Covid 19 vaccination dates & status (See our terms & conditions: Basically to be safe for all guests and crew in a confined space we ask that you keep your covid vaccination status up to date with appropriate boosters. All crew and volunteers will be expected to be vaccinated too).
  • 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.

Alcohol

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 welcome in oak

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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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