Sun 15 Aug 21
8 days, 7nts
Trip Reference

Staycation Heritage Sailing Adventure

Our Staycation Heritage Sailing Adventure will cruise the stunning southern coasts of Devon and Cornwall. You will be sailing on Pilgrim of Brixham, our amazing fully restored Victorian sailing trawler built in 1895. She’s restored as original above deck and with comfy contemporary accommodation down below.  We have room for 10 passengers on this 8 day, 7 night summer cruise. While the south west of England will be bursting with holidaymakers, it certainly won’t feel like it on Pilgrim. Our Devon and Cornwall holiday cruise will visit delightful anchorages, historic ports and enchanting estuaries away from the crowds. We also hope to be in Plymouth to see some of the amazing displays at the British Firework Championships.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

This cruise will combine exhilarating sailing with coastal scenery that is simply stunning and wildlife that never ceases to surprise. Most of the coast we will cruise along is either part of the South Devon or Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The marine wildlife may typically include dolphins, porpoises, seals, sunfish, basking sharks and numerous sea bird colonies. There have even been sightings of Orcas this season already.

Where will we go?

No two trips are ever the same. Pilgrim’s staycation heritage sailing adventure will enable you to get away from it all and be out in the fresh air with good company in wonderful surroundings. We set sail from the historic Devon fishing port of Brixham on the English Riviera and pass round Berry Head and set course westward. Our stopovers may include historic ports like Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth and Fowey. The bays and anchorages in between also offer great settings for wild swimming, picnics and barbecues. Some of them feature hard to reach beaches not readily accessible from the South West Coast Path. Our skipper will try and tailor the cruise based on guest preferences, but he will also be taking account of the tides and the weather from day to day.

* Ensuite Accommodation available

This year we are able to offer ensuite private cabin facilities at a premium subject to availability. Guests who want more privacy can book exclusive use of our forepeak and and our main cabin, both of which have separate heads including showers. This may suit couples or family groups wanting to berth together onboard.  Please enquire about prices.

This summer holiday features full board accommodation and will suit people of all ages (Min age 8).

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. Our Covid Testing Policy is here.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port2.00pm, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port10:00am, Brixham
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’, Please see Covid Testing Policy

Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 2pm. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the week ahead 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 Cruise

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide. During the week we will cruise along the South Devon coast and into Cornwall. The Dart Valley, Kingsbridge estuary and Plymouth Sound provide sightseeing opportunities and shelter when required and there are numerous lovely bays and anchorages along the way. We may venture up the River Tamar and their are plenty of options for port calls which may include Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth and Fowey. We also hope to be in Plymouth Sound to see some of the displays at the British Fireworks Championships.

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

We provide full board accommodation on this trip. each day we will serve breakfast, lunch and a two course dinner with brews and snacks in between. Our menus will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. Where possible,  dining will be on deck. whenever the conditions allow. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required.

What to wear and bring

It’s August so bring a hat and your sunshades and sun screen. It can be sometimes be cool out at sea even in mid summer so make sure you bring some warm layers just in case. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife. If you think you might need it – consider having a travel sickness remedy with you.

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. 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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