Thu 18 Aug 22
4 days, 3 nts
Trip Reference

Devon Heritage Sailing Adventure

You will board Pilgrim in the historic naval port of Dartmouth for our Devon Heritage Sailing Adventure. It’s where the Mayflower sailed from in 1620 and has been at the heart of our naval history for generations. As it’s name implies, it is located at the mouth of the picturesque River Dart which is protected by castles and is simply stunning. As many will also know, Dartmouth is a yachting hotpsot so there’s always plenty to see.

Dartmouth is also at the heart of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) so the scenery and situation will not disappoint. Pilgrim was originally registered in Dartmouth when she was launched in 1895. She  is a proud member of the UK National Historic Fleet and in 2022 it will be 127 years since she first sailed along this coast. We will spend our Devon Heritage Sailing Adventure exploring the 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 superb 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.

Your Devon Heritage  Sailing Adventure will start and end in Dartmouth but over 4 days and 3 nights there is plenty of time to explore along the coast. Depending on weather and tides you may go east to Torbay, Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. Alternatively we may go west towards Salcombe and Plymouth. Weather permitting we may even sneak into Cornwall for a day or two. The trip will be characterised by the rolling hills, pretty harbours and secluded beaches and will likely feature a picnic or a barbeque somewhere special along the way. Wherever we go, 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!

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. 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.

Prices quoted are per single berth to include all meals as described. For more room or even your own ‘en-suite facilities’ please enquire by email. These are offered subject to availability on certain sailings by payment of a supplement. Contact

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port18h00, Dartmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port18h00, Dartmouth
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ 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 Ensuite or additional space that is subject to availability for a supplement
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 18h00. The skipper and crew will then 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

Depending on weather and tides you may go east to Torbay, Lyme Bay and the Jurassic Coast. Alternatively we may go west towards Salcombe and Plymouth. Weather permitting we may even sneak into Cornwall for a day or two.

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

Things get started with a 2 course dinner on your first evening. The following day you will be served with breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required. On the last day breakfast and lunch will be served and afternoon tea and cake will be provided before arrival back in Dartmouth.

What to wear and bring

Even in mid summer, it can be  cool out at sea, so we suggest you bring a warm outer layer 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 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 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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