Wed 21 Sep 22
Half Day
Trip Reference

Morning Devon Sailing Cruise

Our Morning Devon Sailing Cruise provides a lovely morning out along the South Devon Coast and is a great introduction to heritage vessels. We set off in the historic port of Dartmouth, sail out into Start Bay and then along the coast to Torbay and Brixham. The whole passage features the South Devon area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Torbay is known as the English Riviera with good reason. It is a UNESCO Global Geopark recognised for its unique coastal landscape. Your cruise provides a ‘taster’ of traditional sailing.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

Not only will you have a superb morning sailing our 127 year old Brixham trawler, 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 sailing will start in the historic naval port of Dartmouth 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.

Where will we go?

As soon as your Morning Devon Sailing Cruise gets underway, you will sail out from Dartmouth past the castles and into Start Bay, just as the Pilgrim Fathers did over 400 years ago, We the sail along the coast to Berry Head and into Torbay. The climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. You will be able to appreciate the scenery, wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. There’s nothing quite like it!

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.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port09h00, Dartmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port13h00, Brixham
What is included√ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Hot and cold drinks, √ Light Refreshments, √ 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 09h00. 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 Trip

There is so much to see along the way so bring your phone or camera and binoculars if you have them. It’s a rich mix of boating and shipping activity, coastal scenery, marine wildlife and sailing second-to-none. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know the skipper, crew and your fellow guests. Sailing on Pilgrim embraces it all.

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

We will serve a light snack, typically pastry or cake, during the trip and tea and coffee.

What to wear and bring

In late September, it can be cool out at sea so we make sure you bring some warm layers although you still may need your sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear just in case. 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 before you leave home and anything you order will be available to you on the day. These are also available in our Online Shop now. We will also provide you with a facility to upload your photos and share them with fellow guests.

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