Sun 08 Aug 21
14 days, 13 nts
Trip Reference

Brittany and Paimpol Festival

Our Brittany and Paimpol Festival is a sailing holiday like no other. There’s amazing sailing, fabulous boats, quayside music, street parades and sensational fireworks. When it comes to maritime festivals – this is the highlight of 2021.

Sail to France and back for a 14 day holiday on Pilgrim from Brixham. The Brittany coastline is simply delightful and there’s so much to enjoy. We will hope to explore the Pink Granite Coast and we may even drop into the Channel Islands as well. Cruise prices include  full board arrangements and admission tickets for the festival.

Here’s a flavour of the Festival with Pilgrim participating in 2019. It tells a wonderful story about why you should go to Paimpol in 2021. There are only 10 guest spaces available. Join us, bring a friend, bring the family and if you’re quick you can charter the whole boat!

If you’re tempted by Glastonbury – think again! You will have a comfy berth, excellent cuisine, great music and there’s no mud!  There may even be some rock and roll! Check out the Paimpol website to get a flavour of what has gone before

Paimpol festival logo

This cruise is one that every sailor and photographer can’t afford to miss in 2021. We sail to and from our home port of Brixham in Devon for this amazing two week cruising holiday. There cannot be a better way to celebrate summer, Brittany, and heritage sailing – than this!

Cruising on Pilgrim is a unique experience. Not only will you have a superb sailing holiday,  but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to assist the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner yet benefit from the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Our Brittany and Paimpol Holiday will not only include all the excitement of the Festival Chant de Marin in Brittany, but will also mean you get to enjoy the wonderful wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails.

Take a look at Pilgrim in full sail leaving Dartmouth here. You can find out more about life on board Pilgrim by reading our Sailing Guide.  This tells you all the things you’ll need to know to make the best of your time onboard. If you would like to read reviews of guest experiences on Pilgrim check them out here.

Photo copyrights acknowledged @festivaldepaimpol &Wiki Commons Patrick GIRAUD


Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port11.30hrs, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ Festival Tickets, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear
What is not included× Alcoholic drinks, × Car park fees at home port, × Towels, × Travel Insurance, × Wet weather clothing
Important Notes* Please make sure you understand our Terms and Conditions and the cancellation policy, * Travel Insurance is required which covers ‘Adventure Sailing’

Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 11.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 12noon. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the trip, get to understand guest preferences and give the essential safety briefing. Information on finding Pilgrim and on parking and transportation arrangements are in Sailing Guide provided and on the website.

Plan for the Trip

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will aim to spend as much of the trip in Brittany as possible but may visit other harbours or anchorages overnight on our cross channel passages. Some night sailing will likely feature on this cruise.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

All of our guests are encouraged to help the crew sail the boat. They will show you the ropes and ask you to help. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy the sailing and the scenery, you can sit back and leave it to others. Feedback from past guests suggests that those who get involved get the most enjoyment out of the day. Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.

Food and beverages

You will start the trip with a brew and lunchtime snack. Each day we will serve breakfast lunch and dinner and also timely drinks and snacks. The menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions and our situation from day-to-day. On the last morning we will just serve breakfast.

What to wear and bring

In summer it can still be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring an extra top layer and don’t forget the all important sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife. It is important to bring sun screen to protect yourself and if you think you might need it – consider a travel sickness remedy before you set off each day- just in case.

Momentos of your heritage sailing experience

You will be invited to select from our range of regalia clothing and other momentos before you leave home and anything you order will be available to you onboard. We will also provide you with a facility to upload your photos and share them with fellow guests. After your cruise we will award your ‘Heritage Sailing Crew Certificate’ if you have chosen to help the crew sail Pilgrim

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Brittany and Paimpol Festival
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