Thu 12 May 22
1 day
Trip Reference

Dartmouth Coastal Sailing Day

Our Dartmouth Coastal Sailing Day provides a rare treat and is a great introduction to heritage vessels. It’s a Dartmouth special and a longer day than usual plus we’ll be sailing along the stunning South Devon coastline. It’s a one day ‘taster’ of traditional sailing in the relatively sheltered waters of Start Bay.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

Pilgrim was originally registered in Dartmouth in 1895 and 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.

Your sailing will start and end in the historic naval port of Dartmouth. It’s where the Mayflower sailed from in 1620 and has been at the heart of our naval history for generations. Many Brixham trawler were also built up the River Dart at Galmpton. The river descends all the way from Dartmoor to the sea and the entrance is protected by castles and is simply stunning. Dartmouth is also at the heart of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so the scenery and situation will not disappoint.

Where will we go?

As soon as your Devon Coast Sailing Day gets underway, you will be able to savour the delights of this stunning part of South Devon. We will sail out into Start Bay and either head east towards Berry Head or west towards Slapton Sands and Start Point. The climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is simply breathtaking. Whichever way we go, you will be able to soak up that scenery, wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. There’s nothing quite like it!

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.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port09h00, Dartmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port17h00, Dartmouth
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Hot and cold drinks, a light lunch and afternoon tea, √ 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 09h00. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the day and give the essential safety briefing. Information on finding Pilgrim and on parking and transportation arrangements are in the Sailing Guide provided and on the website.

Plan for the day

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will sail out into Start Bay and either head east towards Berry Head or west towards Slapton Sands and Start Point. There are some lovely secluded beaches in both directions and we may also put the dinghy in the water and, if the weather allows, have a picnic lunch.

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 day with a brew and biscuits. During the trip, we will serve a light lunch to include soft drinks and fresh fruit and before we arrive back in Brixham, we will serve afternoon tea and cake.

What to wear and bring

Early in the season, it can be cool out at sea so we make sure you bring some warm layers although you still may need your sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear just in case. 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 – 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 on the day. These are also available in our Online Shop now. We will also provide you with a facility to upload your photos and share them with fellow guests.

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