Sat 29 May 21
3 days, 2 nts
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Heritage Regatta Sailing Celebrations

Board Pilgrim in Brixham for a very special treat and be part of our Heritage Regatta Sailing Celebrations. Over this weekend, Brixham is full of amazing heritage vessels and its the BrixFest festival. On Sunday afternoon we compete with the other large vessels for the King George V Perpetual Cup. It’s a wonderful sight to see these large sailing trawlers manoeuvring at close quarters. Pilgrim has won the cup five times in the last seven years. You can be part of the team that works with the regular crew to help us win again. You will get also get the chance to soak up the excitement and atmosphere of the Regatta weekend. It’s a photographers delight, the boats are wonderful as is the setting. There’s also lots of activities going on shoreside as well. Find out more about the history of the event here.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique experience.

Not only will you have a superb weekend with the Regatta, the sailing will be really special. You will out sailing in company with the rest of the local heritage fleet and visiting vessels. You will get to appreciate how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful boats.

Your sailing will start and 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.

The programme for this weekend is really different to any others that we offer. You will  be part of the crew and will be participating in the event as all the other crews do. Our Heritage Regatta Sailing Celebrations is a really special weekend. For more information select the Guest Info tab above.

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.


Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port10.00hrs, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port10:00am, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ Supper on Saturday and Sunday night at Brixham Yacht Club, √ 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 10am so everyone can be welcomed aboard, have their bunk allocated and participate in the orientation and safety briefing. Information on finding Pilgrim and on parking and transportation arrangements are in the Sailing Guide provided and on the website.

Plan for Saturday

On Saturday afternoon there will be a run through of what happens on deck during the Regatta sailing. There will be rope handling exercises and the functions of the various sails will be explained. It is important that you are familiar with what will be happening the next day. Later you will have time to join in the festivities and enjoy the live music around the harbour which is all part of Brixfest. Then it will time to go over to Brixham Yacht Club for the traditional fish pie supper with all the other crews. The day will end with a spectacular firework display and the yacht club provides a great viewing platform.

Plan for Sunday Morning

Breakfast will be served and the rest of the regular crew will arrive. The Skipper will attend the briefing back at Brixham Yacht Club. Whilst he’s away the crew will make final preparations to slip lines. After a crew briefing, the skipper will share details of our starting position and the course. He will allocate specific duties to each crew member and as guest crew you will be included in these duties so sitting back on this particular event is not an option!

Plan for the King George V Perpetual Cup

Vessels normally slip moorings during the morning to hoist sails and check out the course which includes a ‘Parade of Sail’ with all the other boats prior to the timed start,  around midday. Pasties are provided during a lull in deck activity and subject to good conditions three laps of the course sees everyone return to the pontoon. Crew will then go to the Yacht Club for an evening meal and a well deserved drink. This will be followed by the prize giving.

Monday Morning

After a second night aboard you will wake to the sounds of Brixham harbour which is a busy and thriving fishing port as well as your base for the Regatta. You will leave Pilgrim after breakfast.

What to wear and bring

In early summer it can still be be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring extra warm layers and maybe a hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the sights out in the bay and in the harbour. 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

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