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Dartmouth Day Sail

Enjoy the last of the warmer days in Devon with our Dartmouth Day Sail. You will have a day out sailing on the on the heritage trawler Pilgrim of Brixham. It’ll be good fun and a great introduction to sailing  heritage vessels. You’ll be cruising from Dartmouth along the stunning South Devon coastline or explore the River Dart. Your sail provides a one day ‘taster’ of traditional sailing in the sheltered waters of the river and Dart Estuary. Weather and sea state permitting, we will find a lovely sheltered spot to stop for lunch and a swim  if you’d like to.

Sailing on Pilgrim – An Experience of a Lifetime

Sailing on Pilgrim is a real life adventure! You can learn how the very first trawlermen used to handle these heavy and powerful vessels. If you’d like to, you will be able to work alongside the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner, or you can relax and enjoy the sail. Either way, you’ll enjoy the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Your sailing will start and end in Dartmouth. This historic town established itself as a tourist destination in Victorian times, as Pilgrim was beginning work as a fishing trawler in the nearby port of Brixham. Known as the home of Royal Naval officers training since the 19th century, their education took place on two vessels moored in the river. The world famous Britannia Royal Naval College, on a hill above the town and overlooking the river, was opened in 1905 and will be clearly visable from Pilgrim. The College continues to thrive today and represents an important element of Dartmouth life.

Where will we go?

That all depends on the winds, the weather and the tides! Your Dartmouth Day Sail will take you from the mouth of the River Dart out into the stunning waters of the South Devn coastline and up river towards the picturesque village of Dittersham and Greenway, Agatha Christie’s Devon home. The climate in South Devon is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. Whether we stay in the River Dart or go further out to sea, you will be able to appreciate the 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  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 / PortDartmouth, 08h45
Disembarkation Time / PortDartmouth, 17h15
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, × Wet weather clothing, Travel insurance – under 12 miles
Important Notes* Please make sure you understand our Terms and Conditions and the cancellation policy, * Travel Insurance is required which covers ‘Adventure Sailing’

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Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 08h45 promptly as we have to depart the town pontoon by 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 probably take the opportunity to cruise up the delightful River Dart towards Greenaway House and then cruise out into Start Bay. Our trip may take us along the coast towards Berry Head or the other way towards Slapton Sands and Start Point. It’s a stunning coastline whichever way we go.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

Our past guests frequently tell us that getting involved in helping to sail Pilgrim was of the day, so we encourage everyone to help the crew sail the boat. Don’t worry! They’ll show you the ropes and support you. Alternatively, if you just want to relax and enjoy the sailing and the scenery, you can sit back and leave it to others. 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. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required.

What to wear and bring

In Autumn, it can be cool out at sea so we make sure you bring some warm layers, although you still may need your sun hat. Don’t forget your swimsuit plus a towel and you should also come prepared with wet weather gear just in case. You will also need 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.

Something to remember your heritage sailing experience

We have a range of branded clothing and other items in available in our online shop. Why not order before you leave home and it can be available for you to collect on the boat. We love to see guests photos and share them on our social media. We’ll provide you with a QR code to upload your photos so we know we have your permission to use them.
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