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.
|Embarkation Time / Port||11.30hrs, Brixham|
|Disembarkation Time / Port||12 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
Plan for the trip
Show and learn
Food and beverages
What to wear and bring
Momentos of your heritage sailing experience