Sat 17 Jul 21
8 days, 7nts
Trip Reference

Channel Coasts and Islands Holiday

Our Channel Coasts and Islands Holiday starts in Falmouth in Cornwall. That helps us use the prevailing weather to cruise across the English Channel to the Channel Islands. Our aim is to visit picturesque ports and harbours on both sides of the channel depending on the weather, wind and tides. Wherever we go, you can be assured of stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife. Regretably, we are unable to include Brittany and the French ports this year owing to the Covid pandemic.

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.

Pilgrim will depart on this 8 day, 7 night, cruise from the historic port of Falmouth, passing out between Pendennis and St Mawes Castles, taking you on a delightful summer sailing voyage. Throughout the trip you will be able to savour the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. By the time Pilgrim arrives in Brixham, over a week later, you will have friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Our first Channel Coasts and Islands Holiday was in 2019 and its back by popular demand.

Top Photo ‘Castle Cornet St Peter Port Guernsey Channel Islands’ Courtesy Pawel Owsinski Wiki Commons

Take a look at Pilgrim in full sail 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.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port11.30hrs, Falmouth, Guest transfers available from Brixham to Falmouth if required. Ask for details
Disembarkation Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
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 the Joining Instructions and on the website.

Plan for the Trip

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will plan to travel east along the coast of Cornwall and head across to the Channel Islands. This may involve some lengthy sailing cross-channel passages. Wherever we go, we will visit historic ports and take in the spectacular scenery. Hopefully you will also see the amazing marine wildlife. Pods of dolphins often join Pilgrim on her travels. Some places may involve beach landings from an inflatable dinghy.

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

Even in summer it can still be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring warm layers and that 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. These are also available from our online Shop now. 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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