Sun 20 Jun 21
3 days, 2 nts
Trip Reference

South West Sailing Milebuilder

Pilgrim’s South West Sailing Milebuilder is a special ‘no-frills’ delivery trip. It is best suited to experienced or seriously aspiring sailors who will need to be effective crew and not passengers. We set sail from Brixham and head directly to Falmouth in Cornwall. This trip is all about the sailing and will suit those who need to build their experience and miles (perhaps for RYA qualification purposes). It is priced to encourage crew members who want to experience  traditional sailing on a tight budget. (It is not therefore recommended for those with little or no sailing experience).

Cruising on Pilgrim is a unique experience

Joining the crew you will be included in all aspects of sailing on this voyage including helming, (Pilgrim has a tiller!) You will see how Victorian fishermen handled these heavy and powerful vessels. This voyage will enable you to gain experience sailing a large gaff-rigged ketch in the traditional manner yet benefit from the modern living facilities we have on board. Pilgrim is the oldest and last surviving Brixham trawler undertaking long distance passages to sea.

Your 3 day, 2 night sailing will start 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 it’s quaint colourful fishermen’s cottages combined with a a large fleet of modern trawlers.

Our passage plan will be dictated by the sea state and weather conditions  and take account of our need to be in Falmouth on the third day. (Therefore the passage may include night sailing when a watch system will be in place). You should be prepared to help with meals and other domestic tasks.  The skipper will ensure supervision and allocation of duties as appropriate. We will arrive in the historic port where Charles Darwin landed from HMS Beagle in 1836. You will sail into the Fal Estuary between Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle like generations of mariners have done before. It’s a sight to behold and it’ll be a great entry in your sailing log.

Take a look at Pilgrim in full sail here. Check out our Sailing Guide for additional information about  getting to and sailing on Pilgrim.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port11.30hrs, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port12 noon, Falmouth
What is included√ All onboard refreshments/meals, √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Duvet and pillow, √ 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 Linen (please bring linen for a single bunk – duvet cover or sheets and a pillow case, x Travel to and from ports of embarkation and disembarkation
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

You are asked to embark at 11.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 12noon. The skipper and regular crew will then run through the plans for the trip, get to understand your past experience 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 be sailing out of Brixham and round Berry Head into Start Bay to make passage westward. Port calls will be made if progress permits or we may just use a convenient anchorage.  We will aim to achieve the best passage and experience the most exhilarating sailing .

Show and learn

All of the crew are expected to show us what they are capable of and be willing to learn about sailing heavy vessels. The skipper and regular crew will provide guidance but you’ll need to play your part in getting Pilgrim to Falmouth. Certified lifejackets are required for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise. There is no need to bring your own.

Food and beverages

Pilgrim will be well provisioned but you will need to help out  in the galley, preparing and serving meals as assigned by the skipper.  Meals with be simple, tasty and filling and taken as the schedule allows.

What to wear and bring

We will sail in most conditions so bring plenty of layers and your 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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