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Summer Sunset Sail

Our Summer Sunset Sail is a great way to end the week or start the weekend. It’s also a great introduction to heritage sailing vessels. Torbay is known as the English Riviera with good reason. It is a UNESCO Global Geopark recognised for its unique coastal landscape. Your evening sunset sail will give you a taster of traditional sailing in the sheltered waters of the bay stretching from Berry Head in the South to Hopes Nose in the north and encompassing the resorts of Brixham, Paignton, Torquay. Hopefully, the weather will provide one of our stunning sunsets to finish the experience off perfectly!


Sailing on Pilgrim – An Experience of a Lifetime

Sailing on Pilgrim is a real life adventure! You can learn how the very first trawlermen used to handle these heavy and powerful vessels. If you’d like to, you will be able to try your hand alongside the crew to sail Pilgrim in the traditional manner, or you can relax and enjoy the sail. Either way, you’ll enjoy the modern guest facilities we have on board.

Your sailing will start and end in Brixham at the southern end of Torbay. Brixham is known as as the ‘mother of trawling’. In this pioneering town the sailing trawler was first developed over 200 years ago. To this day, Brixham is still England’s most valuable fishing port. 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.


Where will we go?

As soon as your Summer Sunset Sail gets underway, you will be able to take in the delights of Torbay. The climate is mild and the scenery is breathtaking. Whether we stay in the bay or go a little further out, you will be able to appreciate the scenery, wildlife and the amazing feeling of just being propelled by the wind in the sails. Who knows, we may even see some seals and dolphins!

Take a look at Pilgrim in full sail leaving Dartmouth 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.


Photo credit: Craig Gibson

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port18h00, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / PortBrixham, 21h00
What is included√ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Light Refreshments, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear
What is not included× Car park fees at home port, × Towels, × Wet weather clothing, Travel insurance – under 12 miles
Important Notes* Please make sure you understand our Terms and Conditions and the cancellation policy, * Travel Insurance is required which covers ‘Adventure Sailing’

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Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 18h00. The skipper and crew will then run through the plans for the trip 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. Torbay provides a delightful sheltered cruising area and we may also venture out into Lyme Bay or Start Bay. There is so much to see along the way. It’s a rich mix of boating and shipping activity, coastal scenery, marine wildlife and sailing second-to-none. You’ll also have the opportunity to get to know the skipper, crew and your fellow guests. Sailing on Pilgrim embraces it all and hopefully we’ll sign off with a stunning sunset.

Hands-on or sit back and relax

Our past guests frequently tell us that getting involved in helping to sail Pilgrim was of the day, so we encourage everyone to help the crew sail the boat. Don’t worry! They’ll show you the ropes and support you. Alternatively, if you just want to relax and enjoy the sailing and the scenery, you can sit back and leave it to others. Lifejackets are provided for all on board and are compulsory unless the skipper advises otherwise.

Food and beverages

We will serve a hot drink and biscuits before you set sail, during the trip you will be served a light supper of typically sandwiches, pastries, cake or cream tea.

What to wear and bring

Even in the middle of summer, it can be cool out at sea in the evening so  make sure you bring some warm layers. You should also come prepared with wet weather gear just in case. Don’t forget your phone or camera to capture the stunning scenery, amazing wildlife and hopefully the sunset. 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.

Something to remember your heritage sailing experience

We have a range of branded clothing and other items in available in our online shop. Why not order before you leave home and it can be available for you to collect on the boat. We love to see guests photos and share them on our social media. We’ll provide you with a QR code to upload your photos so we know we have your permission to use them.
Weekend Sailing Experience on Pilgrim
Pilgrim off Dartmouth
Low sun
dusk in brixham
Pinch out the sun
Torbay Sunset Sail