Mon 28 Sep 20
1 day
Trip Reference

Our Dartmouth Day Sailing Experience is a great introduction to heritage vessels and to the stunning South Devon coastline. Your cruise provides a one day ‘taster’ of traditional sailing in the sheltered waters of Start Bay.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience. Not only will you have a superb day out sailing our 125 year old Brixham trawler, 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.

Your sailing will start and end in the historic port of Dartmouth. It is one of the celebrated picturesque harbours on the South Devon coast and home to the Britannia Royal Naval College and centuries of seafaring history. The Pilgrim Fathers’ sailed from Dartmouth in 1620 and that 400th anniversary will be celebrated all year.

As soon as your Dartmouth Day Sailing Experience gets underway, you will be able to follow generations of mariners who have sailed out between the castles into Start Bay.  Even in Autumn the climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. Sailing on Pilgrim 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!


Additional information

Dep Time / Port10.00hrs, Dartmouth
Arr Time / Port16.30hrs, Dartmouth
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ 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 9.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 9.45am. 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 Joining Instructions and on the website.

Plan for the day

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We may go east towards Berry Head and Torbay or we may head West towards Blackpool Sands and Slapton Sands. In any event, we’ll be sailing Pilgrim to show off her style and capabilities

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. We will serve lunch during the trip and the menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. Before we arrive back in Brixham, we will serve a light afternoon tea. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required.

What to wear and bring

In the 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. 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. 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
Pilgrim Dartmouth
Pilgrim family Group
Day Sail on Pilgrim
Pilgrim Skipper on the helm
Pilgrim off Dartmouth
Dartmouth Royal Regatta