Fri 11 Oct 24
3 days, 2 nts
Trip Reference

Weekend Heritage Adventure

Try out the experience of adventure sailing on Pilgrim on our Weekend Heritage Adventure. Designed so you can travel down to Brixham at the end of the day on Friday and board Pilgrim that evening. There are many fabulous restaurants where you can eat that evening, or you could get local fish and chips and eat on deck! You’ll depart from the historic fishing port of Brixham the next morning for this weekend adventure. We’ll explore the coastline, bays and estuaries of South Devon. You’ll discover what exhilarating sailing on board a heritage sailing vessel is like, and also get the chance to soak up the stunning scenery.  It’s an ideal way to test out your sea legs before booking a longer voyage! Pilgrim is a fully restored heritage sailing trawler, and a proud member of the UK National Historic Fleet.  She was built in Brixham in 1895 at Upham’s Yard, which was located right next to where she now berths.

We depart on Saturday morning and sail off for an overnight stay at anchor or in a local harbour. A freshly cooked dinner is included together with breakfast and a light lunch on Sunday. Once everything is stowed we set off to be back by mid afternoon.

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 work 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 Weekend Heritage Adventure 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.

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 practical 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.

Accommodation is arranged in two shared sleeping areas, one of six berths and the other of four berths. Our bunks are wide and comfortable! There’s very little storage onboard though so pack light and into a soft holdall. For more room or even your own ‘en-suite facilities’ please enquire by email. These are offered subject to availability on certain sailings by payment of a supplement.  Contact

Prices quoted are per single berth to include all meals as described below.

Where will we go?

This all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide! During this Weekend Heritage Adventure you’re likely to sail in Torbay and out into either Lyme Bay or Start Bay which surround the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). From Pilgrim you will have unparalleled views of the UNESCO GeoPark that stretches along Torbay’s coastline. Here you can see an amazing array of rock formations, some of these are only visible from the sea. Torbay is referred to as the English Riviera with good reason. The climate is typically mild, the sunshine record is coveted and the scenery is breathtaking.  If the weather is kind, the crew delight taking guests ashore to a secluded beach, sometimes cooking supper for a real “alfresco” dining experience on a camp fire. If it’s warm enough we may even have a swim! 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!

Additional information

Embarkation Time / PortBrixham, 20h00
Disembarkation Time / PortBrixham, 15h00
What is included√ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs, √ Bunk linen, √ Use of lifejacket and other onboard safety gear, √ All refreshments/meals as detailed
What is not included× Alcoholic drinks, × Car park fees at home port, × Towels, × Wet weather clothing, x Ensuite or additional space that is subject to availability for a supplement, Travel insurance – under 12 miles, x Dinner on the first evening
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 from 20h00. Please advise us of your arrival time. Before we set sail, the skipper and crew will  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 voyage

Our aim will be to sail east towards Teignmouth and Exmouth or west towards Start Bay and along the delightful South Devon coastline. Torbay provides a delightful sheltered cruising area if needed. It all depends on the wind, the weather and the tide!

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

You will need to make your own arrangements for dinner on Friday night. On Saturday we’ll provide breakfast, a light lunch  and afternoon tea with a two course dinner in the evening. The menu will be dictated by the fresh ingredients we can source and the weather conditions on the day. Non alcoholic drinks will be available all day as required. Breakfast is served before you set sail again the next morning and a light lunch before arriving back in Brixham.

What to wear and bring

In Autumn there can be a cool breeze at sea so we suggest you bring warm layers. You probably still need sunglasses and a sun hat though. 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 – just in case.

Something to remember your 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.
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