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Sun 13-08-2023, 16:00Plymouth, UK Fri 18-08-2023, 10:00Plymouth, UK Johanna Lucretia 5 NightsJL130823

The beauty of sailing from Plymouth is you have lots of options to explore the south coasts of Devon and Cornwall. In the five days, you sail extensively and discover the delights of historic harbours and ports like Dartmouth, Fowey and Falmouth plus lots of smaller ports like Salcombe and Looe. Where you go all depends on the weather, that is a big part of the adventure.

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Short late summer break in Devon and Cornwall, the crowds have gone home and the waters are still summer warm. Good sailing and time to relax on a a beautiful tall ship.

Voyage highlights …

  • Unique topsail schooner
  • Sail from and return to the same port of Plymouth
  • Plymouth has a Main line rail station
  • Will it be ?
  • Devon or
  • Cornwall or
  • Both!

Johanna Lucretia

Vessel type / Rig Topsail Schooner
Guest Berths 10-11
Beam 18ft
Draft 8ft
Overall Length 96ft
Tonnage 493
Year Built 1945
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Voyage Description


Frazzled adults that are celebrating the end of the summer holidays, anyone who likes the West Country a little less busy and those sailors who appreciate the beauty of a topsail schooner under full sail.There is nothing nicer than not having a set agenda in the summer. You can choose to sail to a destination that offers the best sailing for the day, or strike out or a more distant destination, with a rough plan for the week. The whole Devon and Cornwall coastline is one of headlands, river estuaries and drowned river valleys that cut deep inland.



  • Adults treat yourself after the school holidays
  • 5 days hopping along the Devon and Cornish coast
  • seas warm enough to swim and dive off boat at anchor
  • only max 11 crew and 4 professional crew
  • Impressive tall ship to sail but not too big
  • opportunity to improve sailing skills or just enjoy time out


Jumping off the bowsprit is quite  big drop
Bowsprit Adrenalin buzz – Jumping off is quite big drop


Freedom of the Seas – Escape Time

This is a great 5 night – 6 days away and includes all meals on board, sailing instruction, and activities on board and ashore along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall. It is a round trip – All you need to do is get to Plymouth (see our port page for details). It does take a bit of bottle to do something new, but everybody usually comes as an individual, so you are all new crew together.

Where will she sail?

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. You have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The places described below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but you have to go with the wind….

Johanna Lucretia - tall ship adventure of 13-18 years and adult trips too
Johanna Lucretia – tall ship adventure of 13-18 years and adult trips too

Plymouth Sound – Flat Water – Lots of Yachts and Shipping

There are a few great places for a BBQ withing the Plymouth Breakwater, like Barn Pool or up the River Lynher or Tamar, but once you have set sail and practiced a few manourvres the ship will probably head out to sea where you don’t have to dodge fleets of racing yachts and naval ships. 

Cawsand is just outside the port but quite remote, with a great beach. The village sits on the border between Cornwall and Devon.

West to Cornwall – Land of Privateers & Poldark

It is easy to feel you are in a historical movie as you sail this coastline. You can imagine pirates and privateer ships sneaking into creeks and darting out to attack ships for rich pickings. Smuggling was once rife here as there are so many wooded rivers you can sail quite big ships up. Fowey is a day sail away from Plymouth and Helford River and Falmouth Estuary might take a couple of hops.

grey seal warning us of an isolated danger
grey seal warning us of an isolated danger

Wildlife on the Edge of the Atlantic

The Channel is wide here and after a South Westerly all sorts of ocean birds and marine wildlife can sweep in from the Atlantic Ocean. Sunfish, bottlenosed and common dolphins, pilot whales, diving gannets. The Western Grey seals breed in sea caves and remote beaches in August – September so you may see the young seals on rocks learning to wiggle into the sea and swim.

East to Devon

If the winds for the week look better to head for Devon, then you have some interesting ports to navigate into like Salcombe and Dartmouth. There are also some unspoilt river entrances and many small sandy coves to anchor off. Take the dinghy ashore and there will always to footpaths to the cliff tops or into the woods and countryside. 

Johanna Lucretia in Fowey harbour
Fowey – once home to Fowey Gallants – a bunch of pirates


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 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
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs

Start & End Port

Plymouth, UK

There are several marina docks in Plymouth.

For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at “the Hanger Car Park” in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions – Parking in the marina is free.)

For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. – see info below.

Mayflower Marina – for Grayhound

Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel – for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina – Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries

The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps


  • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
  • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

  • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

  • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right.

  • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
  • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
  • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
  • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

View a Map of the location

Kit List

Kit List


  • Bed linen, duvet and pillow
  • Life jackets and harness lines
  • Offshore waterproof jackets and trousers. 

What's Not Included

  • Alcohol to have with meals when not sailing. 

What to Bring

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for all Voyages. (UK Customs Vessels can do spot checks anywhere around the coast, even if the ship is not going abroad. If you don't have a passport please contact us for advice)
  • (an EHIC Form from Post Office - Reciprocal Free Health Care in Europe)
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on medication.
  • Musical instruments are always welcome. 
  • A small amount of alcohol to have onboard during meals, when not sailing.



Meeting a wonderful professional crew. The boat was beautiful and the care taken to make the trip engaging, fun and exciting was brilliant. The catering was top notch and the dining arrangements ideal to chat, laugh and become friends with all on board.


The crew of the Johanna Lucretia could not have been better. High professional standards combined with a friendly welcoming approach. Who could ask for more? - By Susan L. Guest Crew 2019

Johanna Lucretia under sail by Susan Lazer
Johanna Lucretia under sail by Susan Lazer

 There was no 'best bit' - it was all marvellous! Loved the sailing, the food, the company, the time ashore - and we had really lovely weather, which helped!

The enthusiasm of the crew, both for the Johanna Lucretia and for the work of the Island Trust, was infectious. The fact that they clearly enjoyed sailing and teaching others how to sail made all the difference for us 'first timers'.


"Totally excellent. I can not praise the crew enough, rarely do you find four individuals so well suited to their occupation. What ever was happening they were more than willing to show and explain what was happening and what to do. I learnt a lot. The food was always brilliant even under some quite rough conditions. 
It would be good if it could be arranged so as we could climb aloft to enhance the experience even further.
I will certainly be back for another voyage!" - Isles of Scilly Trip on Johanna Lucretia 

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We would love to see your photos of Johanna Lucretia if you have sailed on her in her long life as a charter and sail training vessel

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