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Pilgrims Red Sails off the breakwater

Brixham Boat Trip – Morning Half-Day Sail

Enjoy a morning sail onboard the jewel in the crown of the Devon Heritage Sailing Fleet -Pilgrim BM45.

See Torbay from this unique vantage point on deck aboard the deck of one of the original sail powered trawlers to have been built and rigged in the Brixham back in 1895.

During  this half-day sailing option you will have the opportunity get “hands on” with sailing the vessel and to enjoy the very best that the Torbay coastline has to offer.

What to Expect on your Brixham boat trip – Half-Day Sail:

You will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard.

As you slip lines to begin your day, be sure to look back at Brixham and it’s picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. It is home port to Pilgrim BM45 along with many other working, and pleasure boats . There is always plenty to see as other heritage and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers and day boats bustle in and around the busy harbour.

Because of weather, wind and tide, no two trips are exactly the same. However, a typical half-day Brixham boat trip will take us round Torbay. Once onboard, we welcome you with freshly brewed Tea or Coffee and provide more drinks with a delicious selection of mid morning pastries to keep you going!

As we sail along you are welcome to either sit back and relax or help the crew hoist the sails or even take the helm – The choice is yours!

Points of Interest During your Brixham Boat Trip – Morning Half-Day Sail:

Landing over 40 different types of fish Brixham is an important fishing port.. The catch can be eaten both fresh off the boat in Brixham’s quayside restaurants and cafes, and is exported all over the world. Closer to home, Brixhams resident grey seals can be regularly spotted on the lookout for a free fish breakfast, lunch or supper!

Torbay as a whole was once a strategic naval anchorage, which was protected from the French, by a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804 on Berry Head.

To the South East of Brixham you can see this dramatic limestone headland which is now designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Its nature reserve it is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes, kestrels and seagulls.

The lighthouse on Berry Head, built in 1906 has the distinction of being the smallest but highest sighted lighthouse in the British Isles.  At just 16 feet high its white light can be seen for over, 14 nautical miles.

Many of our half-day sails are accompanied by dolphins and pilot whales as the South Devon coast is a haven for many marine wildlife visitors as well as holidaymakers!

After a great sail around Torbay’s coves and coastline and beyond, we return home to Brixham, where a half mile long breakwater protects the harbour, with its own lighthouse.  Its Red light can be seen for 18 nautical miles, welcoming all manner of seafaring vessels into this historic port since 1916. Just time for some last minute photos before disembarking back at the town pontoon.

Brixham is an important holiday destination in the heart of Torbay, and the English Riviera. It hosts a Pirate Festival held every summer as well as Brix Fest, Fishstock and Brixham Happening. On the water events include Lifeboat Week, gig racing and the exciting annual trawler race. During the annual heritage regatta in May the King George V challenge cup takes place in Torbay with Pilgrim BM45 having been the proud winner for  the past 4 years!

The TV series Fishtown showcased the town in 2012.

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark LocationBrixham – Town Pontoon
DatesSee sailing schedule for dates Afternoon half day sails may also be available
Embark/Disembark Time09.45 – 13.15
Duration3.5 Hours
Max Number of Guests10-12
DestinationWestcountry Coasts
What's included*Approx 3hrs of glorious sailing! *All refreshments whilst onboard *Use of safety equipment e.g Life Jackets and harnesses *Mooring and berthing fees
What's Not Included*Parking Fees *Waterproof Clothing *Meals/drinks ashore *Joining/onward travel *Travel Insurance
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