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Pilgrim Sailing off the Cornish Coast

Devon and Cornwall Sailing Adventure

Sail away from it all on-board our Devon and Cornwall Sailing Adventure. We cruise from Brixham to Falmouth or vice versa over 6 days. This trip will give you the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the south Cornwall and south Devon coastlines have to offer.

It is a great way to see familiar places like Dartmouth, Falmouth, Fowey, the Helford River, Plymouth, Salcombe, Start Bay and Torbay from an entirely  different perspective.

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and our skipper and crew will be on hand to make sure that you have a great time!

What to Expect on your Devon and Cornwall Sailing Adventure

Your sailing adventure will eaither start or end in Falmouth, Cornwall’s bustling historic port and you’ll be sailing along some of the UK’s most scenic coastlines. The pace is relaxed, but there will still be  plenty of exhilarating sailing as well as many chances to photograph the rich marine wildlife along the route.

No two Devon and Cornwall Sailing Adventures are exactly the same. However, a typical cruise will feature the River Fal and St Mawes. Likely stopovers are Fowey or picturesque Looe with its fishermen’s cottages and array of small fishing vessels. We often go into the wonderful natural harbour that is Plymouth with it naval dockyard. Devon ports we often visit include Salcombe and historic Dartmouth and we’ll round Start Point and pass Slapton Sands. Pilgrims home port of Brixham will be be the start or final stop depending on which trip you take.

You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

Points of Interest During your Devon and Cornwall Sailing Adventure

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Pilgrim in the Fal Estuary for Falmouth Classics. Photo courtesy Peter Hunt

The picturesque and unspoilt coastline of Devon and Cornwall will be our backdrop for your sailing adventure. The coast is blessed with lovely harbours and pretty fishing villages which still have their roots firmly planted within their local fishing industry. They thrive on bringing local seafood and shellfish to the tables of restaurants and cafes throughout the South West. As we sail along the coast there are many beautiful anchorages for us to choose from and time to go ashore if you would like to.

It is also quite likely that you will see accompanying dolphins and seals along the way as this coast is home to many species of these inquisitive sea mammals.

Plymouth Sound is the boundary between Devon to the East and Cornwall to the West. You will see the famous Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse right in the centre of the 3 mile sweep of this stunning natural harbour. Plymouth’s estuaries and coastline are all designated as special marine conservation areas.

Salcombe in Devon
Salcombe in Devon

Salcombe is a beautiful harbour and popular with our guests. It has become a very busy weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike. Everyone is looking to get away from it all! Until about 100 years ago the people of Salcombe earned their living solely from the estuary and the sea. Fishing, seafaring, and boatbuilding were the main occupations, but smuggling and piracy were also prevalent in the area!

The famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles between Dartmouth and Salcombe. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, involving 30,000 troops, a D Day rehearsal that went badly wrong.  A combination of an attack by German E-boats and miss timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men.

We round Start Point on every trip and there are many historical shipwrecks off the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The lighthouse was built in 1836 and if you revisit on land, it is open to the public with guided tours showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.

Dartmouth is easily spotted from sea by its  ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864. It’s on the eastern side of the estuary and helps us identity the entrance to the River Dart.  This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls.

Just outside Brixham  Harbour you will see the lighthouse built in 1906 which guards the dramatic limestone headland of Berry Head. This whole coastal outcrop is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home. Berry Head is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804.  These fortifications were designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was considered a strategic naval anchorage!

We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some final shots of the amazing sea life.

Pilgrim’s home port of Brixham is characterised by the the mile long breakwater, be sure to look up at the picture postcard  colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. It is also where you will see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats at close quarters as well as day and deep seas fishing trawlers.

Brixham Breakwater and Lighthouse
Brixham Breakwater and Lighthouse

Weather- Wind and Tides!:

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

This Devon and Cornwall Sailing Adventure has always been popular and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on land!

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark PortFalmouth – Port Pendennis Marina / Brixham – Town Pontoon or vice versa
Embark/Disembark DateSee Sailing Programme
Embark/Disembark Time13.00 – 12.00 (noon)
Duration5 Nights
Max number of guests10
DestinationBrixham in Devon or Falmouth in Cornwall depending on cruise selected
What's Included:√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 5 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen
What's Not Included:× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels × Joining or onward travel costs
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