Pilgrim of Brixham sailing South Devon Short Break
Pilgrim of Brixham sailing South Devon Short Break

Devon to Cornwall Short Break Sea Safari:

Sail away from it all onboard this relaxing Devon to Cornwall Short Break.

During  this 4 day sailing experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the Torbay to Falmouth coastline has to offer.

It is a great way to see familiar places like Dartmouth, Start Point, Slapton Bay,Salcombe, Plymouth, Looe, Fowey and Falmouth from a different perspective.

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew will be onhand to make sure that you have a great time!

What to Expect on your Devon to Cornwall Short Break:

Start Point Lighthouse at sunset
Start Point Lighthouse at sunset

Leaving from Brixham which is home port to Pilgrim BM45, you will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895.

No two short break sails are exactly the same. However, a typical Devon to Cornwall Short Break will take us around Berry Head towards Dartmouth, Slapton Sands and Salcombe, then onto the beautiful Cornish coast visiting many picturesque anchorage points and places of interest along the way.

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 to Cornwall Short Break Sailing Experience:

As we leave Brixham,be sure to look back at the picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.  Pilgrim sets sail around Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland 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.  We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.

Pasty anyone?
Pasty Anyone?

Sailing past Berry Head, look for the lighthouse built in 1906 which has the distinction of being the smallest,deepest lighthouse placed at the highest geographical point in the British Isles. Its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles. 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 sail past St Marys Bay and onto Dartmouth, which is often our first stopover. The ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart.  We then pass the Mewstone rock just outside the mouth of the river.  This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls.

Brixham Boat Trip Classic Summer Sailing
Brixham Boat Trip Classic Summer Sailing

As we raise the anchor and sail on, the famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles ahead. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, involving 30,000 troops, a D Day rehearsal that went badly wrong.

Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded off the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. As a result, 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.

Salcombe comes next and is a beautiful harbour set in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The natural harbour of Plymouth Sound hails our entry into Cornwall where the unspoilt fishing harbours of Polruan, Fowey, Charlestown and Mevagissey await.

The bustling port of Falmouth home to a wealth of Maritime History , with its cruise liner docking facilities and flotillas of racing yachts will be our final port of call as you disembark for your homeward journey!

Falmouth Harbour Cornwall
Falmouth Harbour Cornwall

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 to Cornwall Short Break Sail 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 LocationBrixham- Town Pontoon Falmouth- Port Pendennis Marina (TBC)
Embark/Disembark DateTues 13th – Fri 16th Jun 2017
Embark/Disembark Time14-00 – 12-00(noon)
Duration3 Nights
Max number of guests10
DestinationFalmouth – Port Pendennis Cornwall
What's Included:√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 8 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen (towels by request)
What's Not Included:× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels for swimming use × Joining or onward travel costs
Devon to Cornwall Short Break Falmouth
Pilgrim of Brixham Devon to Cornwall Short Break
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