Wed 27 May 20
7 Day
Trip Reference

Pilgrim will set sail east along the Jurassic Coast from Brixham for our exciting Old Gaffers Solent Adventure. It’s will be our first time back at the Old Gaffers Solent rally since 2014 and we’re really looking forward to it. This cruise will be one of the landmark events in our 125th Anniversary year when we will join up with a fabulous fleet of other heritage vessels in Yarmouth, Isle of Wight. Over seven days we will cruise along the Jurassic Coast and back, soaking up the wonderful wildlife and stunning scenery. Pilgrim will sail in past the Needles and Hurst Castle to join in the festivities in Yarmouth. This trip will combine a wonderful sailing experience, the fun and frolics of the rally and the delights of sailing in the Solent.

Cruising on Pilgrim is a unique experience. Not only will you have a superb sailing holiday,  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 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.

This 7 day, 6 night, adventure will include sailing in Torbay and  Lyme Bay, along the Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset and in the sheltered waters of the Solent. 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. Our Old Gaffers Solent Adventure is a highlight of our 2020 season.

Top picture courtesy David Jones Wiki Commons


Additional information

Dep Time / Port10.00hrs, Brixham
Arr Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
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
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 09.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 10.00am. 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 Trip

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will be sailing in Lyme Bay along the East Devon and Dorset coast to pass Portland Bill. We will anchor in quiet coves overnight or possibly visit Weymouth or Swanage on route to the Solent.

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 bikkies and on the first day there will be a snack lunch and dinner. 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 early summer it can still 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. 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. 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. 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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