Tue 10 May 22
2 days, 1 nt
Trip Reference

Sailing Photography Workshop

Our Sailing Photography Workshop is the dream ticket for anyone who likes to sail, while at the same time, capturing their experiences with the marine and coastal environment. It’s got everything – a fabulous Victorian heritage sailing vessel; the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); The Torbay UNESCO Geopark; the amazing marine wildlife; plus Nigel Hicks a hugely experienced professional photographer to bring out the best of everything. (see Nigel’s profile below)

You will board Pilgrim in the historic fishing port of Brixham for our Sailing Photography Workshop. The cruise will be spent 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. Pilgrim is a proud member of the UK National Historic Fleet and in 2022 it will be 127 years since she was launched from Upham’s Yard in Brixham right next to where she now berths.

We will end our cruise in the heritage port of Dartmouth. It’s where the Mayflower sailed from in 1620 and has been at the heart of our naval history for generations. It is located at the mouth of the picturesque River Dart which is protected by castles and is simply stunning. Photo and video opportunities abound including, hopefully, sunrises and sunsets over the sea.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique experience

Not only will you have a superb sailing trip, 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.

Throughout the two days you will be guided by Nigel Hicks who will help you improve your techniques and will enable you to be more creative with your photography and videography. We plan to use our dinghy to get ashore to those difficult to reach places and for those special shots of Pilgrim at sea.

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.

Why is this area so special?

This 2 day Sailing Photography Workshop will include sailing in Torbay, Lyme Bay and Start Bay which surround the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Torbay is referred to as the ‘English Riviera’ with good reason and it has UNESCO Geopark status for its geography and geology. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development.

Not only will you have all these fabulous elements but you’ll also have 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 sailing@pilgrimofbrixham.org.uk

About Nigel Hicks

Nigel Hicks is a hugely experienced professional photographer, who over the many years of his career has worked in a wide range of photographic genres, mostly focussing on tourism and nature, but also including marine and yachting photography.

His work has taken him all over the world shooting for such clients as UK publishers Dorling Kindersley and the prestigious US’s National Geographic Image Collection. He holds a Fellowship with the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP), the highest qualification in what is one of the UK’s leading professional photography bodies.

In terms of teaching photography, for over 15 years Nigel has run regular one-day photography workshops in the southwest, as well as occasional photography tours, mostly to Iceland. As a result, he has extensive experience in knowing how to pass his photography skills to others, as well as the kind of issues that budding photographers struggle with. Nigel is based in south Devon.

What Nigel aims to teach

Most of what Nigel teaches falls into two broad categories:

  1. Getting the most out of your digital camera, whether that be a top-end digital SLR, mirrorless camera a simple compact, or even a phone camera. What a digital camera’s critical functions are and how to make use of them, putting you in control of the camera instead of the camera being in control of you.
  2. Understanding the aesthetic aspects of photography. In other words, working out how to spot potentially great compositions within the scene in front of you, finding ways to mould a potential subject into a great composition, and then finally executing the image.

Working through these two areas, we are sure you’ll be able to greatly improve your photography skills, both on land and on the sea. Specifically, for this sailing trip, the photography will include such subjects as the crew working the boat, wide views and details of the sails and rigging, other details around the boat, wildlife (such as dolphins, cormorants and guillemots), views of Pilgrim under sail, seen from the shore, and some on-shore photography, such as around Dartmouth. Much will of course depend on weather conditions and chance encounters, but we will grab every opportunity that comes along – part of the art of good photography!

Finding out more about Nigel Hicks

To find out more about Nigel’s photography feel free to take a tour of his website at www.nigelhicks.com.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port10h00, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port17h00, 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 10h00. 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

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. Torbay provides a delightful sheltered cruising area if needed. Our aim will be to sail out into Lyme Bay and Start Bay and along the delightful South Devon coastline. We will anchor in quiet coves overnight or moor on the River Dart.

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 offered a tea or coffee on arrival and later we will provide lunch. We will serve afternoon tea on board and a two course dinner in the evening. The following day you will be served with breakfast, morning coffee. lunch and afternoon tea. Depending on how the trip unfolds, meals may be taken as a picnic or barbeque. 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.

What to wear and bring

In the Spring, 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. 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. Select your favourite camera gear but remember space is limited onboard and items are carried at your own risk.

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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