Thu 03 Sep 20
1 day
Trip Reference

Dartmouth Sail Dip n Dine

Our Dartmouth Sail Dip n Dine is a wonderful way to enjoy a late summer’s day. Put the lockdown behind you and celebrate! This trip suits solos, couples, families and all ages* and it’s a great introduction to heritage vessels and to the amazing Dart estuary and the South Devon coastline. You can charter the whole boat or join other like-minded folks for an entertaining day out with a difference.

We will take you out from port of Dartmouth into the sheltered waters of Start Bay in Devon – it’s stunning. You can shake off all those weeks of lockdown and enjoy the amazing scenery, the marine wildlife and simply being out in the elements. Why sit on a crowded beach when you can have a unique sailing experience?

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

Not only will you have a superb day out sailing our historic Brixham trawler, but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to watch the crew sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner.

Your sailing will start and end in the historic naval port of Dartmouth where the pretty River Dart completes it’s journey from Dartmoor to the sea.  It was back in 1620 when the Mayflower set sail from Dartmouth and this year is the 400th Anniversary of that historic voyage. The waterfront is a beautiful architectural mix of historic buildings across the centuries and the Britannia Royal Naval College towers over the town. Dartmouth is sailing heaven!

Where will we go?

As soon as your Dartmouth Sail Dip n Dine gets underway, you will pass out through the ‘castles’ with Kingswear Castle on your port side and Dartmouth Castle on your starboard side. They guard the entrance to the harbour and the River Dart. As we sail out into Start Bay you should be able to see the Dartmouth Daymark (built in 1864) high on the hill and Start Point and its famous lighthouse (built in 1836) out in the distance. Sailing this coastline is delightful as it combines high cliffs with small coves and sandy beaches. The climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. Whether we just stay in the bay or go a bit further out, you will be able to appreciate 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.

We will be operating Pilgrim in a COVID Secure way, in line with Government Guidance and our risk assessments so we can keep our guests and crew safe. That will mean staying in household groups and respecting social distancing with others. Full details will be provided prior to boarding.

* Minimum recommended age is 8 years. No upper limit but guests must have a reasonable level of physical agility for safety reasons. If in doubt or for younger children please contact us.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port09.45hrs, Dartmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port16.30hrs, 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 9.45am so everyone can meet and be in good time for the 10am briefing. 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. South Devon provides a delightful cruising area right on the doorstep. We may just cruise in Start Bay or venture around Berry Head to Torbay or around Start Point towards Salcombe.

Sit back and relax

We want you to have a great experience on board so sit back and relax. The skipper and crew will tell you everything that is happening and explain Pilgrim’s history and how these amazing vessels worked. You will be able to see that in action. 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 a pre-packed picnic lunch during the trip and the menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. If you have your own travel mug please bring it with you or we’ll supply disposable cups for hygiene purposes. Before we arrive back in Brixham, we will serve afternoon tea. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required.

What to wear and bring

In September, there can be a cooling breeze out at sea so bring a  fleece as well as your cossie and towel if you’d like a swim (weather permitting. You 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 the family frolics. 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.
Pilgrim at Dartmouth
Pilgrim family Group
Day Sail on Pilgrim
Pilgrim Skipper on the helm
Afternoon Day Sail in Torbay
Pilgrim off Dartmouth
Weekend Sailing Experience