Fri 31 Jul 20
3 day
Trip Reference

It’s the summer holiday so why not board Pilgrim in Brixham and dive into our Summer Sailing Activities Weekend. It’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the coastline, bays and estuaries of South Devon and combine that with some swimming, walking and even kayaking or paddle-boarding. In fact, we’ll try and line up the activities that you’d like to try. You will also get the chance to soak up the stunning scenery and experience exhilarating sailing on our beloved and fully restored heritage sailing trawler. We may even organise a beach barbecue or a run ashore or up river for a picnic

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique experience. Not only will you have a superb weekend sailing,  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 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.

This 3 day Summer Sailing Activities Weekend will likely include Torbay, Lyme Bay and Start Bay which surround the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The climate is typically mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking. We will make sure there’s time to explore ashore and we will likely call into charming historic ports like Dartmouth or Salcombe. Wherever we go you will be able to appreciate the scenery, the wonderful wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. That’s really special!


Additional information

Dep Time / Port12 noon, Brixham
Arr Time / Port12 noon, 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, x Extra charges for certain supervised activities may apply
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 11.30am so everyone can meet and be ready to begin the briefing at 11.45am. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the trip, get to understand guest preferences 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 weekend

This all depends on the wind, the weather, the tide and what our guests want to do. Torbay provides a delightful sheltered cruising area if needed and has nice coves and beaches. We will also be able to sail out into Lyme Bay and Start Bay and along the delightful South Devon coastline.  We will anchor in quiet coves overnight or visit local ports and harbours. The River Dart also provides an ideal location for a sheltered spot to get out on the water.

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 trip with a lunchtime snack. Each day we will serve breakfast, lunch and a two course dinner and also timely drinks and snacks. The menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions and our situation from day-to-day. On the last morning we will serve breakfast

What to wear and bring

Even in mid summer it can be cool out at sea so we suggest you bring a warm top layer and don’t forget that essential sun hat. Depending on the activities you want to get involved in, you may need your swimming gear or a some clothes that you can get wet in! 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 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. 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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