Sat 19 Sep 20
5 day
Trip Reference

Our Devon Coast Sailing Explorer is an ideal way to round off the holiday season with a few extra snatched days away! We will be setting off from Plymouth and exploring the delightful coastline, bays and estuaries of South Devon. You will get the chance to soak up the stunning scenery and experience exhilarating sailing on our beloved and fully restored heritage sailing trawler.

Sailing on 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.

This 4 day, 3 night sailing adventure will likely feature visits to historic ports like Salcombe and Dartmouth. If the weather is kind, we will also anchor overnight in secluded bays, coves or river estuaries. As we proceed east we will come into Start Bay, Lyme Bay and Torbay which surround the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We will make sure there’s time to explore ashore and the hardy ones can ever have an end-of-season swim! The water temperature at this time of year is near it’s peak!

Your cruise will 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.

Wherever we go  on our Devon Coast Sailing Explorer, you will be able to appreciate the scenery, the wonderful wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. That’s really special!


Additional information

Dep Time / Port12 noon, Guest transfers available from Brixham to Plymouth if required. Ask for details., Plymouth
Arr Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ Transfers by train and taxi to Plymouth is included for those leaving cars in Brixham, √ 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

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. Our cruise will take us out of Plymouth Sound and east towards Prawle Point and Start Point. We then pass into Start Bay and proceed towards Berry Head which marks the southern entrance into Torbay. This exceptional stretch of coast offers plenty of good sailing opportunities and interesting places to run ashore and visit.

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 but 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
Pilgrim off Dartmouth
Pilgrim BM45 catering
Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Pilgrim Guests