This is what our guests have to say

REVIEWS

Here at the Pilgrim Foundation we strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our Guests. We get reviews and feedback from a number of sources, including:

  • TripAdvisor
  • Social Media
  • Pilgrim Feedback Forms
  • Sailing Partner Feedback Forms
  • Email

We have set out below our recent guest comments. None have been edited and we have published all those we have to hand.

"Three Days on Pilgrim" - Short Break - April 2019

I returned yesterday the 28th April 2019 from three days on Pilgrim, sailing around the South Coast of Devon from her base in Brixham. From Captain Richard, to Bosun /Mate /Chef Julie and crew Bob, Bruce and Tanya we were all treated as good friends while we were shown the intricacies of sailing an old girl like Pilgrim. With myriads of sheets, halyards and other lines to negotiate, if you wished, us guests had a fabulous time, and then of course there was the food, very tasty, very plentiful, and very everything!! So, if you want a great time on a great boat, with great crew, look no further than Pilgrim…. PS, This comment is unsolicited…. and I’m not being paid for it either! (Via Trip Advisor)

"A Great Experience" - Short Break - April 2019

I went down to Brixham in late April for a four day trip sailing around the Devon coast on Pilgrim. At 65 this was my first solo holiday and I was a little apprehensive. I was made to feel so welcome by the skipper, Richard, mate, Julie and the three volunteers, Tanya, Bob and Bruce. Sharing accomodation with the other four guests, dining and working together on hoisting sails and taking the helm quickly made me feel part of a team and I couldn’t have asked to meet a better bunch of people. We had some rough weather the first day which for me only made the sailing more enjoyable. Having had no previous experience – unless you count the Norfolk Broads – I am now hooked on sailing and planning a longer trip to St Kilda and the Hebrides. I can thoroughly recommend a trip on Pilgrim especially for the solo traveller. The food was great too. (Via Trip Advisor)

"The Exhilaration Of Being Under Sail" - Short Break - April 2019

How was the accommodation on board?

Good

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Good

Was the sailing?

Just right

Did you have any rough weather sailing?

Some

Did you feel the voyage had?          

A good mix of sailing and ashore. I am inexperienced as a sailor but have a fascination for the sea, so this was a brilliant taster (and now I want to do more).

Did you receive enough personal attention/ tuition?        

Excellent

Were you satisfied with the skipper/ paid crew?

Excellent

What aspects of your holiday did you enjoy the most?

The exhilaration of being under sail in a good wind and rough(-ish) sea. For someone unaccustomed to sailing it was a fantastic experience.

What aspects of the holiday did you least enjoy?

Weather being too rough on second day to leave harbour; no-one’s fault of course.

If you could sum up your voyage in a few words they would be?           

Richard the Skipper and Julie the Mate and their crew were absolutely brilliant. They were welcoming, attentive and took time to explain and demonstrate the necessary tasks and skills for us guests to get involved. The food was good and plentiful and a great time was had in the evenings around the table with singing and laughter (and the odd drop of ale). All in all, a great experience that I look forward to repeating.

"Trip to Dartmouth" - B&B Sailing Weekend - May 2019

Great experience, two days aboard, lovely crew and volunteers. You will be well looked after and made to feel at home straight away. (via Trip Advisor)

Devon Sailing Short Break - May 2019

Wonderful unique experience aboard heritage boat

3 day sail around Torbay. Just a brilliant experience. Can’t speak highly enough of the crew especially the volunteers who give up their time to help people sail. They were all so competent, helpful and friendly, happy to share their experience and some great yarns along the way! Skipper Richard and mate Julie took us from Brixham to Dartmouth then to Torquay right out into Torbay. Julie also managed to produce the most amazing meals from a tiny galley and kept us stocked with snacks and hot drinks all day. Space is tight and you have to be prepared to sleep in a communal bunk room with pretty low head room but definitely worth it for the chance to experience life on board this historic vessel. Everyone was welcome to join in and help get sails up etc though us being fairly ancient with dodgy joints we were more than happy to just watch! (Via Trip Advisor)

Devon Traditional Sailing Day - May 2019

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Excellent

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Good

Did you have enough personal attention?

Good

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Good

What did you think of the food quality?

Average

How was the sailing?

Just right

Did you have any rough weather?

None

Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.

What was the best bit?

Heading away from shore far enough to catch the wind which in any case obliged in the afternoon by increasing

What was the worst bit?

Thinking we might be becalmed initially in Brixham harbour

Any other comments

A super day assisted by lovely sun and cloud weathering do not seem successfully to have uploaded a few snaps (technical ignorance!) so send these separately.

Scilly Isles Sailing Holiday - June 2019

Scilly Isles trip June 2019

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent week on board “Pilgrim” although on the first night my stomach suggested otherwise!!!! The Skipper … Richard … together with First Mate Julie and crew Colin and Roy ensured we had a great time visiting several of the islands. Fortunately the weather was favourable in the main. Julie did an excellent job of keeping us well fed in spite of the cramped conditions..

The ONLY negative would be what i best described as the “Challenging” accommodation for the guests; having said that I guess the real answer would have to be what does one expect on an “Old Lady” a great deal more than 100 years old! (Via Trip Advisor)

Pilgrim’s Director of sailing responded:

Thank you for your comments, so glad the weather was (mostly) kind to you.
We have had to use every possible inch of the space below deck to accommodate 15 people and that includes space for heads, showers, engines, galley storage, water, fuel and other essential equipment. One thing is for sure, there’s no need to store fish, so the below deck area is far more appealing now than it was 124 years ago when she sailed as a fishing trawler!

Falmouth Classics & Sea Shanty Festival - June 2019

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Excellent

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Excellent

Did you have enough personal attention?

Excellent

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

How was the sailing?

Not enough

Did you have any rough weather?

None

Did you feel the voyage had?

Not enough sailing.

What was the best bit?

Wow, what can I say about my first trip on the beautiful Pilgrim with Classic Sailing – it was amazing! I am still smiling about the utterly brilliant weekend. The Skipper Richard and crew of Colin, Lynda, Jess and Jack could not of made me feel more welcome! I booked this trip as a bit of an escape from the day to day normal life on the land and it was well worth it; I returned home more relaxed, a little sunburnt but wanting to just jump straight back on board! It was great fun being allowed to be involved with raising the sails and learning a little bit of history about the vessel. If you are thinking about booking a voyage, be in a day trip, weekend or longer….do it! I could not recommend it more highly and as a single traveller I also felt at ease and safe while on the whole voyage. And the wonderful crew could cater gluten and dairy free. The added bonus of it being the Falmouth Classic and Sea Shanty Festival meant there was music and a little rum to go around!

What was the worst bit?

There were no worst bits.

Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.

To try something new, to help relax and de-stress from the usual 9 to 5, being on the ocean is so good for soul!

Any other comments

I have marked not enough sailing just because I wanted to be out on the water longer not because the trip didn’t have a enough sailing – it certainly did!

Devon Sailing Short Break - July 2019

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Excellent

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Excellent

Did you have enough personal attention?

Excellent

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

How was the sailing?

Just right

Did you have any rough weather?

None

Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.

What was the best bit?

An hour on the helm.

What was the worst bit?

When going about the volunteers took over and didn’t include the guests

Why do you sail? It really helps us to know your specific reasons.

I like being at sea with only the wind for power.

Any other comments

A big thank you to the volunteers and charity donors for keeping Pilgrim going so well

Devon Sailing Short Break - July 2019

What did you think of the safety briefing?

Excellent

What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

Excellent

Did you have enough personal attention?

Excellent

Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

Excellent

What did you think of the food quality?

Excellent

How was the sailing?

Just right

Did you have any rough weather?

None

Did you feel the voyage had?

A good mix of sailing and ashore.

What was the best bit?

Helping to set sails, handling ropes and being looked after by a very friendly Skipper and crew, in particular by Lynn who made us very welcome and kept informed of everything happening on the boat. Although I am a BCU coach for Canoe/Kayak it was an experience not to be missed. Thank you all for a very enjoyable days sailing.

What was the worst bit?

None really,

Any other comments

I would certainly pass on my recommendation to others for this type of sailing.