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Wed 21-06-2023, 11:30Charlestown, Cornwall Wed 21-06-2023, 17:30Charlestown, Cornwall Anny of Charlestown 0 NightsAY210623

Wild Swimming in Cornwall with Lifeguard

Wild Swimming sailing days from Charlestown Harbour aboard 1930 Topsail Schooner ‘Anny’. A unique perspective on the Cornish coastline, and a fantastic day out. You can be as involved as you like with the ship’s manoeuvres, with opportunities for helming and sail handling, or you can just sit back and enjoy the spectacle!

The skipper will pick an anchorage to make the most of the conditions, and you can swim off the boat in a secluded location inaccessible by road. When you get out of the water there’s the luxury of a hot deck-shower followed by freshly cooked lunch and a glass of prosecco.

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VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6 Hour trip
  • Secluded anchorages
  • Qualified Lifeguard onboard
  • Hot deck showers
  • Lunch with Prosecco
  • Viewing the Cornish coast
  • Affordable for groups, up to 12 people.
  • Nearby train station (St Austell) on London Penzance main line.
  • Tickets £150 per person for 6 hour trip.

Anny of Charlestown

Sailing Areas Cornwall
Vessel type / Rig Topsail Schooner
Guest Berths 7
Beam 1602ft
Draft 9ft
Deck Length 63ft
Overall Length 89ft
Year Built 1930
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Voyage Description

By sail to remote swimming spots.

Wild Swimming sailing days from Charlestown Harbour aboard 1930 Topsail Schooner ‘Anny’.

The skipper will pick an anchorage to make the most of the conditions, and you can swim off the boat in a secluded location inaccessible by road. When you get out of the water there’s the luxury of a hot deck-shower followed by freshly cooked lunch and a glass of prosecco.

Anny of Charlestown is based in South Cornwall for most the year
Anny of Charlestown is based in South Cornwall

FULL DESCRIPTION

Wild Swimming sailing days from Charlestown Harbour aboard 1930 Topsail Schooner ‘Anny’. A unique perspective on the Cornish coastline, and a fantastic day out. You can be as involved as you like with the ship’s manoeuvres, with opportunities for helming and sail handling, or you can just sit back and enjoy the spectacle!

The skipper will pick an anchorage to make the most of the conditions, and you can swim off the boat in a secluded location inaccessible by road. When you get out of the water there’s the luxury of a hot deck-shower followed by freshly cooked lunch and a glass of prosecco.

You will transfer out to Anny on her mooring via transfer boat, please get in touch if you have any mobility concerns. Anny will have a qualified lifeguard on board for these sails and her safety boat will be in the water during swimming. The ship carries a boarding ladder for access out of the water. 

6hr trips, including lunch and refreshments.

No children under 10.

6 hour trips run at various time slots depending on the tide.

A member of crew will meet you 20 minutes before the scheduled start time to take you out to the ship.

Swimming will always be at the skipper’s discretion and we reserve the right to cancel swimming if it is unsafe.

Join by Ships Boat

Anny is likely to be at anchor for most short trips, rather than inside the lock basin. 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. Guest crew and baggage will be taken out to the ship by boat, so you can admire your ships design lines as you approach. Anny is the flagship of Charlestown and owned by the harbour, so if you have a query, the Harbour office can help.

In the event of bad weather in the wide Bay off Charlestown, the more sheltered Fowey Harbour is a short car ride away, and you will be informed of the arrangements in advance, or given a lift on the day.

wild swimming in cornwall with lifeguard
wild swimming in cornwall with lifeguard

Where will we go on a day sail?

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 for your day onboard.

Wildlife at Sea & Ashore

The Gulf Stream provides unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins (common, bottlenose and risso’s dolphin), porpoises, whales and giant basking sharks. 

Anny of Charlestown - come sail her in Cornwall or Devon - short breaks
Anny of Charlestown – come sail her in Cornwall or Devon – short breaks

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

The beauty of coastal wandering in local waters is the skipper can find the best sailing angles for the most enjoyable sailing. Mevagissey and St Austell Bay can offer sheltered waters. In fine weather you can head as far offshore as you want for more wind, ocean swell and a good blast.  

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.

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

Start & End Port

Charlestown, Cornwall

This historic private harbour is the home port of Anny and Mascotte, but there are often several tall ships in the dock and you never quite know what you will find.

Charlestown Harbour is set on the rugged South Cornish Coast. The last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK, Charlestown is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site, with a unique history and geography. Charlestown is still a vibrant working port, with classic sailing vessels, beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink.

Charlestown Harbour has also made a name for itself in the film and TV industries, featuring in Poldark, Taboo, Hornblower and many other productions.

A natural amphitheatre and great setting for your friends or relatives to come and wave goodbye from. Charlestown is tidal, so access both in and out is determined by high tide times. We will advise you nearer to departure of the exact joining times.

Kit List

Included

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

What is not included

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers.
  • Alcoholic beverages

Review

 

Janet:

We had the best time . Phil the Captain, Lucy and Coby were really great. We couldn’t fault our 4 days away and would gladly do it again.

Gary:

The trip was about going too the Scillies, sadly we didn't manage to go due to the weather, however the crew quickly came up with plan B, this was agreed by all and we very quickly got over our dissapointment because the crew made such a great effort in Plan B, we enjoyed the great mix of sailing and trips ashore the crew looked after all our needs being helpfully to all during the trip. The crew of only three worked really hard ensuring we were happy and safe.

Anon:

Beautiful ship, professional and very kind crew. Absolutely lovely experience!

Alex:

Anny is an absolutely stunning boat, and the crew could not have done more to make our holiday magical and relaxing.

Neil:

We had such a great weekend on Anny. She is a beautiful boat and the photos don't do her justice. She is well kitted out with a very comfortable galley area and the beds are all very comfy and cosy.

Laura:

Beautiful clean boat. Great hospitality! Would totally recommend this lovely boat.

 

Vessel Gallery

Anny of Charlestown is a beautiful topsail schooner operating on the Coast of Cornwall for the first time, after years as a charter vessel in Europe and the Caribbean (as Fiddlers Green). She was built in Denmark in 1930 and her massive oak timbers create that homely and solid feel that only wooden sailing vessels can provide. We think she will turn many heads along the headlands, beaches and historic ports of Cornwall as well as further afield. A great mix of gaff sails and square sails on this pocket tall ship that only sleeps 8 guest crew.

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