Fri 16 Oct 20
4 Day
Trip Reference

This cruise will give you a taste for more than sailing! Our Dartmouth Cordon Blue Sailing combines traditional sailing with the renowned Dartmouth Food Festival and is an ideal short Autumn break. We’ll be exploring the delightful coastline of South Devon on our way round to Dartmouth. Once there, you can join in the fun with internationally renowned chefs as well as celebrated writers and food critics, They will to provide a huge range of exciting, informative and downright delicious food and entertainment.

Dartmouth Food Festival

In addition, we will be sailing Pilgrim out of the River Dart each day (weather permitting) and returning to the Food Festival on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Sailing on-board Pilgrim is a unique experience. Not only will you have a great time sailing, 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. It will also make you realise the sacrifices made by generations of local fishing families who have striven to put fresh fish on the table.

Your Dartmouth Cordon Blue Sailing will start and end in the historic fishing port of Brixham at the southern end of Torbay. Brixham is often referred to as the ‘mother of trawling’ as it was at the heart of the development of the sailing trawler and is still England’s most productive fishing port to this day. It is bustling now, as it was then, and the harbour is still characterised by quaint colourful fishermen’s cottages and scores of fishing boats.

This 3 day, 2 night sailing experience will include Torbay, Lyme Bay and Start Bay which surround the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The climate on the English Riviera is typically mild in Autumn, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. Guests can chose how much time they spend ashore at the Food Festival and how much time they spend sailing. Whatever you do, you will be able to learn some cordon bleu cooking skills while also appreciating the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. That’s really special! Bon appetite!

Additional information

Dep Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
Arr Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ 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 the Joining Instructions and on the website.

Plan for the weekend

As always. this depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. Our aim will be to sail out around Berry Head and into Start Bay and along the delightful South Devon coastline. We will plan to moor in Dartmouth overnight so guests can visit the Food Festival. Each day the plans will vary to meet the needs of our guests and we will return to Brixham Monday lunchtime.

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 Autumn it can be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring extra warm layers and don’t forget your sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Also, 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
Dartmouth Departure
Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Pilgrim Guests
Dartmouth Food Festival