Mon 18 Jul 22
3 days, 2 nts
Trip Reference

Devon & Cornwall Milebuilder (Experienced sailors only)

You will board Pilgrim in the Falmouth for our Devon & Cornwall Milebuilder.  This is a “no-frills” positioning trip to move Pilgrim from Falmouth back to Brixham with an emphasis on sailing. It is priced accordingly. 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 if required to meet the schedule. We will still make it fun, and you’ll still be able to soak up the great scenery and marine wildlife.

Pilgrim is a proud member of the UK National Historic Fleet and in 2022 it will be 127 years since she was launched from Upham’s Yard in Brixham right next to where she now berths when at home. She was fully restored ten years ago and is original above decks with contemporary shared accommodation below. This trip is not for novices or the inexperienced and we are happy to record sea miles  in your log book.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique experience

Not only will you have a exhilarating sailing adventure,  but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled 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. We may undertake extended passages and sail through the night or we may take the opportunity to seek out a nice anchorage or an historic harbour. Leaving the Fal Estuary on Monday, we need to be in Torbay on the Wednesday morning. Transfers to Pilgrim in the Fal Estuary may be by dinghy or ferry from St Mawes.

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. Guest crew members also need to bring a pillowcase and a sleeping bag as bedding is not provided.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port12h00, Falmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port12h00, Brixham
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, × Travel Insurance, × Wet weather clothing, x Bed linen, x Travel to and from ports of embarkation and disembarkation
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

Guest crew are asked to embark at 12h00. 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. We will sail out past St Anthony’s Head and Pendennis Point and head east along the Roseland Peninsular. Our trip will take us along the stunning coastline of South Cornwall and Devon. Our progress and timetable will depend on the conditions and if the opportunity arises we’ll have some downtime in some nice places and get some work done and hopefully have some trips ashore. Night sailing and a watch system may be introduced for some of the time aboard.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

Everyone is expected to help sail the boat. Our team will show you the ropes and ask you to help.  Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.

Food and beverages

You will offered a snack lunch on arrival. After that 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  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.

Momentos of your heritage sailing experience

You will be invited to select from our range of regalia clothing and other momentos in our online shop 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.

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