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Fri 07-10-2022, 18:00Falmouth, Cornwall Sun 09-10-2022, 18:00Falmouth, Cornwall Mascotte 2 NightsMT071022

1904 Mascotte needs little introduction to pilot cutter fans. At 60ft she is the largest surviving Bristol Channel pilot cutter, and with her beautiful cream sails and sheer elegance she cannot help grab all the attention of the whole fleet at events like the Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review. The Edwardian pilots certainly knew how to live when they were on board. Mascotte has all the right ingredients for an amazing day sail.

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  • Viewing the Cornish coast
  • Ideal gift for a friend or treat for yourself
  • Affordable for groups, up to 7 people.
  • nearby train station Falmouth Docks


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Cutter
Guest Berths 5-7
Beam 15ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 60ft
Overall Length 75ft
Tonnage 55 tons
Year Built 1904
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Voyage Description


Beginners keen to try a new activity on a famous classic boat with wooden decks. Pilot cutter enthusiasts who want to try an original 1904 Bristol channel pilot cutter. Keen sailors who can’t wait for Spring and summer to arrive and love outdoor adventures in Cornwall.

The crew on Mascotte are happy to teach you as much sailing skills or marlinspike seamanship as you want, or be your guide to the unspoilt and rugged coastline of Cornwall or even Devon. Mascotte even has small sailing dinghy kept on deck which you may be able to try if weather and time permits. All along the South Coast of Cornwall are tiny coves, beaches that are generally without the surf you get on the North Coast. Wooded creeks and deep water ports offer shelter for the night.


  • coastal hopping along the Cornish coast
  • ideal gift for a friend or treat for yourself
  • impressive 60ft pilot cutter plus bowsprit to manoeurvre.
  • Good for solo travellers – make new friends when doing activities together
  • Affordable for groups – 5-8 guests
  • Perfect dettox from modern life
  • NO FLY HOLIDAY – Round trip – green travel under sail
  • nearby train station Falmouth Docks
original pilot cutter Mascotte in Fowey
original pilot cutter Mascotte in Fowey


Sailing from and returning to Falmouth an area of outstanding natural beauty and stunning sailing grounds.

If you are simply looking for a few days escape then this really is a unique way to explore Cornwall and its coast and rivers from the sea. If you love secret Cornwall – the places that most the tourists don’t get to see – then exploring by sailing boat should be your perfect weekend all inclusive weekend break with lots of outdoor time, great food, timeless scenery with empty anchorages. 

The voyage is adapted to give guests a wonderful chance to visit natural environments far from the madding crowd. After a good day spent out in the elements you will be able to retreat to the elegant saloon to enjoy a freshly prepared meal in Mascotte’s mahogany panelled saloon, or on deck in the sun. 

Day Sails on Mascotte with Classic Sailing
Pilot Cutter Mascotte

Join the ship

Mascotte is likely to be at anchor for most short trips but may be alongside one of the Falmouth Marinas. This gives her the versatility to set off as soon as everyone has been introduced to the ship and safety briefings – whatever the state of tide. You will be informed in advance whre to meet Mascotte but if there is an unexpected change you will be told via your mobile phone.

short sailing breaks from £250 on the largest Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte in Cornwall
Mascotte – plenty of sail – are you up for it?

Where will we go in 2 days?

The skipper is a local and knows how to get the best out of the different wind directions and how the coastline of bays, headlands and drowned river valleys can be used to create the most enjoyable sailing and overnight stops. in the Spring and Autumn you might squeeze in a bit of night sailing, but generally you are tucked up at anchor in time to relax and watch the sun set. In summer the days are long and with all that fresh air and lovely supper to send you to sleep you might not even see the dark. 

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.

On the first day you will probably be so focused on learning to steer a big pilot cutter, set and trim sails and adjusting to your floating home, you may lose track of where you have sailed. It might not be far, but you will have been ‘in the flow’ of a busy day that is totally different from life ashore. You might anchor for lunch but it is more likely you will enjoy it on deck whilst sailing along when the weather and winds are fair.

See Cornwall from the decks of a pilot cutter and explore ashore
See Cornwall from the decks of a pilot cutter and explore ashore

Exploring Cornwall Under Sail 

Sailing from Falmouth you have the whole of the Fal Estuary, Rivers Fal and Helford to explore right on your doorstop. Lots of interesting creeks and great sailing.

Eastwards is Gerran’s Bay and on to the Dodman, Mevagissey and possibly Fowey.

South and west it might be possible to round the Lizard and head into Mounts bay and St Michaels Mount.

Its all weather dependent.

Western Grey seals are common
Western Grey seals are common
short sailing breaks from £250 on the largest Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte in Cornwall
short sailing breaks from £280 on the largest Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte in Cornwall


The beauty of coastal wandering in local waters over a couple of days is the skipper can find the best sailing angles for the most enjoyable sailing. Mevagissey Bay, , Falmouth Bay, St Mawes Bay, Gerrans Bay, all can offer sheltered waters in certain wind directions and the vast Plymouth other Harbour behind its breakwater offers options to the East. Not so easy to sail up unless you like a challenge, but equally fascinating are the drowned river valleys of Cornwall. The wooded tidal Rivers of Fowey, Fal and Helford, offer still waters and places to moor up and shelter from wild weather. Surrounded by nature it’s not a bad place to ever be storm bound.

In fine weather you can head as far offshore as you want for more wind, ocean swell and a good blast.  


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.

Mascotte with Classic Sailing - hands on sailing holiday ethos
hands on sailing holiday ethos


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 on 01326 53 1234 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.



  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Waterproofs (or you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments on board
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • waterproof shoes or boots

Start & End Port

Falmouth, Cornwall

We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date.

This is a list of the likely joining locations, but sometimes the ship can also be at anchor. Read the vessel’s joining instructions carefully for full details.

Click on the two Blue Pins for more information on the joining locations on the map below:

Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is ‘Falmouth Town’ (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.

Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving (see long term parking below) and want to drop your bags first.

Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St), tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.

Falmouth Port Map and Details PDF


Joining Mascotte in Falmouth 2022 pdf

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • Lunch and refreshments throughout the day

What is not included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Alcoholic beverages


Mascotte is a totally new vessel for Classic Sailing to promote, but she has been sailing with charter guests and as a private yacht for many years - mostly in Scotland but also in the Scillies and Norway.

Skippers from many of the other boats we have worked with have sailed in company with Mascotte and we have never personally heard a bad word about her voyages.

The many photos we have of Mascotte were taken by the co-founders of Classic Sailing Debbie and Adam when they have been out on Eve of St Mawes as skippers.We have raced against Mascotte and although she was 4 times the weight of our little pilot cutter Eve Mascotte was always sailed with perfect manners and courtesy and her guests always looked like they were having fun with former skipper Richard Clapman.

We are thrilled the former mate with Richard and Mascottes relief skipper Huw has taken over the the main skipper of this big pilot cutter and historic heirloom.

You won't have to take our word for much longer.

As soon as we have the first guest feedback we will update this page.

Vessel Gallery

The largest surviving Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte is 60 ft on deck. Built in 1904 in Wales and restored in Gloucester Mascotte is a magnificent example of Welsh maritime history. She is now offering short sailing breaks around Cornwall from her new home port of Charlestown Harbour.  

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