Wed 09 Sep 20
3 day
Trip Reference

Exactly 400 years ago the Pilgrim’s sailed from Dartmouth to Plymouth as they headed westward for their epic transatlantic crossing to the New World. They had two ships in convoy the Mayflower and the Speedwell. They put into Dartmouth in Devon, England on 23rd August 1620 for repairs to Speedwell and then set sail from Bayard’s Cove in Dartmouth for Plymouth to continue their inspirational journey. 400 years later we will be commemorating that sailing on our Pilgrim Mayflower Commemorative Passage.

Mayflower 400 Pilgrim

Pilgrim is part of the official Dartmouth Mayflower 400 celebrations. Just as they did in 1620, we will sail out of the River Dart  past Dartmouth and Kingswear Castles and into Start Bay and around Start Point. We will rely on the wind and tides just as they did to finally reach Plymouth.

Our Pilgrim Mayflower Commemorative Passage will re-create that historic trip on a 75′ long, traditional sailing vessel that is a member of the UK National Historic Fleet. We will arrive into Plymouth in time for guests to be there for the 400th Anniversary Festivities which will be on a massive scale. What our passage will do is different. It will give our guests the chance to experience and reflect on how those Pilgrim’s must have felt out at sea sailing to their destiny. There will be ample opportunity to help the crew sail the vessel and see how these heavy traditional sailing vessels handled the weather, the tides and the sea. Above decks it will be true to life. Below decks we have contemporary facilities where we provide comfy bunks and appetising food. Chef may be tempted to create at least one meal reflective of the times we are commemorating!

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It will appeal to descendants of the Pilgrim’s, historians and those with an affection or a fascination of the way traditional sailing vessels operated. The scenery will be spectacular and the marine wildlife will capture your attention. Above all though, this passage will give you an opportunity to put your head in the place where the Pilgrim’s were….and yes on a vessel named Pilgrim!

Additional information

Dep Time / Port12 noon, Dartmouth
Arr Time / Port12 noon, Guest transfers back to Dartmouth available if required. Ask for details, Plymouth
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 11.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 12noon. 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

We need to make good progress on our passage to reach Plymouth in time. As ever, our progress will be dependent on wind, weather and tides. We will anchor overnight in sheltered bays, coves or river estuaries.

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, the poignant history 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 lunchtime snack. 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 autumn it can be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring some extra layers and don’t forget that all important sun hat. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the commemorations, fabulous 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. 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
Mayflower 400 Pilgrim
Pilgrim BM45 at sea
Pilgrim off Dartmouth
BM45 Pilgrim in Dartmouth
Pilgrim Dartmouth
BM45 Day Sail
Day Sail on Pilgrim