Wed 16 Sep 20
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September Day Sailing Adventure

Our September Day Sailing Adventure is an amazing  day out with a difference. This trip is listed as a whole boat charter and is suited to multi-generational groups of family and friends. It’s a great introduction to heritage vessels and to the stunning South Devon coastline. The group can be from one or more bubbles but is limited to 8 guests.

We will take you out from historic Brixham into Torbay, Lyme Bay and Start Bay in Devon. You can shake off all those weeks of lockdown and enjoy the amazing scenery, the marine wildlife and simply being out in the elements. Why sit on a crowded beach when you can sail on a heritage sailing trawler in her 125th Anniversary year. That’s special!

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

Not only will you have a superb day out sailing our historic Brixham trawler, but you will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. You will be able to watch the crew sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner.

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.

Where will we go?

As soon as your September Day Sailing Adventure gets underway, you will be able to savour the delights of Torbay which is also known as the English Riviera. We may go out south into Start Bay and explore along the coast of the South Devon Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB) or go north along the coast in Lyme Bay towards Babbacombe, Anstey’s Cove and Teignmouth. The climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. You will be able to ‘sea life’ from a new perspective and enjoy the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. There really is nothing quite like it!

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.

We will be operating Pilgrim in a COVID Secure way, in line with Government Guidance and our risk assessments so we can keep our guests and crew safe. That will mean staying in household groups and respecting social distancing with others. Full details will be provided prior to boarding.

* Minimum recommended age is 8 years. No upper limit but guests must have a reasonable level of physical agility for safety reasons. If in doubt or for younger children please contact us.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port09.45hrs, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port16.30hrs, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Hot and cold drinks, a light lunch and afternoon tea, √ 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 9.45am so everyone can meet and be in good time for the 10am briefing. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the day 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 day

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. Torbay provides a delightful sheltered cruising area if needed. We may venture around Berry Head and out into Start Bay and possibly cruise round to the River Dart. Alternatively we may sail out into Lyme Bay and head for Babbacombe, Teignmouth and Dawlish.

Sit back and relax

We want you to have a great experience on board so sit back and relax. The skipper and crew will tell you everything that is happening and explain Pilgrim’s history and how these amazing vessels worked. You will be able to see that in action. Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.


Food and beverages

You will start the day with a brew. We will serve a pre-packed picnic lunch during the trip and the menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. If you have your own travel mug please bring it with you or we’ll supply disposable cups for hygiene purposes. Before we arrive back in Brixham, we will serve afternoon tea. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required.

What to wear and bring

Even in August and 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. 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 – 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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Pilgrim Skipper on the helm
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