Thu 19 May 22
Trip Reference

Torbay Sunset Cruise

Our Torbay Sunset Cruise 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 cruise provides 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 climax to the trip will be one of our stunning sunsets and a some bubbly to round things off.

Sailing on Pilgrim is a unique and exhilarating  experience

Not only will you have a superb evening sailing our 127 year old Brixham trawler, 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.

Where will we go?

As soon as your Torbay Sunset Cruise gets underway, you will be able to savour the delights of Torbay. The climate is mild, the sunshine record is coveted 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. There’s nothing quite like it!

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.

Additional information

Embarkation Time / Port17h00, Brixham
Disembarkation Time / Port20h00, Brixham
What is included√ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear, Sparking wine or soft drink and snack
What is not included× 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’

Boarding & briefing

Guests are asked to embark at 17h00. 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 signature sunset.

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 will serve a light snack, typically pastry or cake, during the trip with tea and coffee .

What to wear and bring

Early in the season, 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.

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.

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