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Devon and Cornwall Crew Experience – For Experienced Sailors Only

Our Devon and Cornwall Crew Experience is a different kind of trip from our usual. It’s aimed specifically at experienced sailors who want to try their hand at heritage sailing and are willing to muck in as part of the Crew.  It’s an opportunity to build sailing miles and to understand and appreciate how heavy gaff rigged vessels are handled. It may involve night passages and heavy weather sailing. This trip is not for novices or the inexperienced and we are happy to record sea miles  in your log book. You’ll also be expected to participate with all crew activities. Food will be provided but everyone will work together to prepare it and clear up. You’ll also be expected to keep Pilgrim looking shipshape!

You’ll join our experienced Skipper and volunteer crew in the fishing town of Brixham for this opportunity to gain experience while still having fun and building friendships while you work; and you’ll still be able to appreciate the great scenery and marine wildlife.

Pilgrim is a proud member of the UK National Historic Fleet. She was launched from Upham’s Yard in Brixham in 1895 right next to where she now berths when at home. She was fully restored in 2009/10 and is original above decks with contemporary shared accommodation below.


Sail on Pilgrim – An Experience of a Lifetime

Sailing on Pilgrim is a real life adventure! In joining our Devon and Cornwall Crew Experience,  you can learn how the very first trawlermen used to handle these heavy and powerful vessels. Crewing them today involves the same sweat and rigour as in times past and it highlights the challenges fishermen faced when trawling offshore for their livelihood on boats like Pilgrim. You’ll come away with a new respect for them and these amazing vessels.


What’s the plan

As ever, everything depends on weather, wind and tide! Our Devon and Cornwall Crew Experience is a one way sail to reposition Pilgrim to Falmouth where she operates for a few weeks. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to get sailing experience as we sail through bad weather (though obviously not in unsafe conditions) and may well sail through the night when you could be expected to participate in watchkeeping. The emphasis is on the sailing rather than a relaxing holiday! You’ll be part of the crew and, under the Skipper’s direction, will be involved in deciding  what you might do.

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.

Prices quoted are per single berth to include all meals as described. Everyone on board is expected to help in the galley and with cleaning and maintaining the boat on route. Bedding will be provided.


Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port18h00, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port12h00, Falmouth
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear
What is not included× Alcoholic drinks, × Car park fees at home port, × Towels, × Wet weather clothing, x Travel to and from ports of embarkation and disembarkation, Travel insurance – over 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

Guest crew are asked to embark at 18h00. The professional skipper will allocate bunks and together with the volunteer crew will run through the plans for the trip 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 voyage

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide! The emphasis is on sailing to Falmouth so you may sail in challenging conditions.  Night sailing and a watch system may be introduced for some of the time aboard. This is a one way sail so you will need o make your own travel arrangements back from Falmouth.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

Everyone is expected to participate in sailing the boat. Whilst our team will show you Pilgrim’s ropes, we expect that you will understand and have experience of sailing .  Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.

Food and beverages

You will offered a simple supper, thereafter it’s s a group effort, we will provide simple stores for  afternoon tea on board and ingredients for a two course dinner in the evening. Each day on passage you will help with a breakfast of cereals and toast, lunch and dinner and of course help with the washing up.  Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required. Breakfast is provided before departure on the final morning. If you have a special dietary requirement or allergy, you may be required to bring suitable food with you.

What to wear and bring

Bring warm outer layers and also remember a sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear just in case. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the  scenery, wildlife and some memorable moments. 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

Why not really look the part! Our crew all have Pilgrim regalia polo shirts or hoodies, both of which we sell in our online shop along with beanie hats, caps, neck warmers, mugs and other items! Why not order before you leave home and it can be available for you to collect on the boat. We also love to see  photos of your sailing adventure, and to 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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