Tue 29 Sep 20
Date
1 day
Duration
PM290920
Trip Reference

Our South Devon Day Sail is a great introduction to heritage vessels and to the stunning South Devon coastline. Your cruise provides a one day ‘taster’ of traditional sailing in the sheltered waters of Start Bay, Lyme Bay and Torbay. This is a one way sailing from Dartmouth to Brixham.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience. Not only will you have a superb day out sailing our 125 year old Brixham trawler, 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 in the historic port of Dartmouth. It is one of the celebrated picturesque harbours on the South Devon coast and home to the Britannia Royal Naval College and centuries of seafaring history. The Pilgrim Fathers’ sailed from Dartmouth in 1620 and that 400th anniversary will be celebrated all year.

As soon as your South Devon Day Sail gets underway, you will be able to follow generations of mariners who have sailed out between the castles into Start Bay. Pilgrim will head out to sea and along the coast towards Berry Head. At the end of the afternoon we will head into our home port of Brixham.

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.

Even in Autumn the climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. Sailing on Pilgrim, you will be able to appreciate the scenery, wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. There’s nothing quite like it!

N.B. For guests who want to park in Brixham for this Day Sailing. there is an 0836 bus from Brixham to Kingswear arriving 0855 (No. 18). This would give plenty of time to get the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth in time for this sailing (Bus time correct as at 01/09/19)

Additional information

Dep Time / Port10.00hrs, Dartmouth
Arr Time / Port16.30hrs, Brixham
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ 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 9.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 9.45am. 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 Joining Instructions and on the website.

Plan for the day

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. In any event, we’ll be sailing Pilgrim to show off her style and capabilities. We will also try to make sure you get to appreciate the stunning scenery and the amazing marine wildlife along the way.

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 day with a brew. We will serve lunch during the trip and the menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. Before we arrive back in Brixham, we will serve a light afternoon tea. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required.

What to wear and bring

In the Autumn 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. 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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Day Sail on Pilgrim
Pilgrim Skipper on the helm
Pilgrim off Dartmouth
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