Pilgrim of Brixham BM45
Pilgrim BM45 rounding Brixham Breakwater. Photo courtesy of Steve McMillan

Devon Traditional Sailing Day

Our Devon traditional sailing day features a whole day cruise from Brixham out into Torbay and takes in the surrounding South Devon coastline. You get to sail onboard the jewel in the crown of the Devon heritage sailing fleet – Pilgrim of Brixham BM45.

Sailing around the sheltered waters of Torbay is a unique experience when its from the deck of one of the original sail powered trawlers that was built and rigged in the port back in 1895. During  this full day sail you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer.

What to Expect on your Devon Traditional Sailing Day:

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 bustle in and around the busy harbour mingling with the modern fishing fleet.

Because of weather, wind and tide, no two trips are exactly the same. However, a typical Devon Traditional Sailing Day will take us round Torbay. Once onboard, we welcome you with freshly brewed tea or coffee, provide a hearty and delicious lunch, with afternoon tea to round off your day.  As we sail along, 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 Devon Traditional Sailing Day:

Landing over 40 different types of fish Brixham is an important fishing port.. The catch can be eaten fresh off the boat in Brixham’s quayside restaurants and cafes bit it is also 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 sixteen feet high its white light can be seen for over fourteen nautical miles.

Many of our 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 day of sailing around Torbay 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.

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 the BrixFest and Fishstock Festivals. On the water events include Lifeboat Day, gig racing and the annual trawler race. During the annual heritage regatta the King George V Challenge cup race takes place in Torbay with Pilgrim BM45 having been the proud winner for  the five out of the last six years.

The TV series ‘Fishtown’ showcased the town in 2012.

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark LocationBrixham – Town Pontoon
DatesSee current sailing schedule * Dependent on scheduling this tour can sometimes be operated from other ports ** Additional day sails may be available (please contact us for details)
Embark/Disembark Time09-45 – 16-45
Duration7 Hours
DestinationWestcountry Coasts
Max Number of Guests10-12
What's included*Approx 5hrs of glorious sailing! *All meals and 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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