Fri 02 Jul 21
7 days, 6nts
Trip Reference

Scilly Isles Sailing Adventure

Every year Pilgrim sets off from Falmouth for our amazing Scilly Isles Sailing Adventure. This delightful archipelago off the south west tip off Cornwall is a really special place to visit. There are pristine beaches and a number of secluded anchorages. We plan to move from island to island to allow guests to explore ashore and to enjoy the stunning coastal scenery and wildlife. Over seven days we will cruise from Falmouth, around the Lizard Peninsula and out to the Isles of Scilly and back. This trip will combine wonderful open water sailing passages with time on the islands and we usually try to include picnics and a beach barbecue. Typically we will get to St Martin’s, Tresco, Bryher, St Agnes and St Mary’s but our journey is somewhat dictated by the moods of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cruising on Pilgrim to the Isles of Scilly 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.

This 7 day, 6 night, Scilly Isles Sailing Adventure departs and returns to the historic port of Falmouth which has been a mariner’s landmark for generations. Charles Darwin arrived in Falmouth on HMS Beagle from the Pacific Ocean in 1836. Throughout the trip 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 Scilly Isles Sailing Holiday is always a much loved part of our busy summer programme.

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.

Top photo courtesy  of Tom Corser  – Wiki Commons


Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port11.30hrs, Falmouth
Disembarkation Time / Port12 noon, Falmouth
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 Sailing Guide provided and on the website.

Plan for the Trip

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. We will  set sail for the Scillies at the first practical opportunity. This will involve sailing around the Lizard Peninsula and out across Mounts Bay and west towards Lands End. Sometimes we do a overnight passage and in 2019 our guests enjoyed a night time visit from a pod of dolphins who decided to travel with us. On this trip we will need to make beach landings from an inflatable as there are very few dry landings, steps etc on the islands”.

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 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

Even in 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 from 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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