Falmouth Classics
Falmouth Classics

Falmouth Sailing Classics and Shanty Festival:

Take a short break with a difference aboard a classic sailing boat Pilgrim of Brixham to experience the famous Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival from the best possible vantage point.

During  this 4 day sailing and shanties experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy some great  Cornish coastal sailing combined with all the sights and sounds of one of the biggest maritime music events anywhere in Europe!

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks, hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew are on hand to ensure that you have a great time!

What to Expect on this Unique Short Break:

This special event short break starts as you join Pilgrim in the beautiful Cornish Maritime town of Falmouth

You will experience all the sights and sounds of the Shanty Festival combined with some spectacular coastal sailing around the picturesque Fal Estuary , St Mawes, Flushing and the beautiful Gyllyngvase Bay..

Based around a thriving harbour, Falmouth is a picturesque coastal town with a rich and varied maritime history. The harbour itself is the the third largest and the deepest natural harbour in the world! It is therefore hardly surprising that it has such a rich maritime past and is home to the now world renowned Sea Shanty Festival.

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 Falmouth Sailing and Shanties Experience:

As we leave the sheltered estuary leading to the river Fal we will follow in the wake of many traditional vessels to have sailed these waters throughout history. Although there are no records to show exactly when sailing first started here, it is well documented that Fishermen have been leaving in traditional boats for generations.

In the second half of the 19th century three types of boat served the many ships that arrived at Falmouth ‘for orders’. The pilot cutters were large gaff-rigged boats which took the pilots out to waiting vessels. Quay Punts were sailing boats about 30ft long which served as the white vans of their time, taking supplies to the many ships moored in the deep water. And the pilot rowing gigs, with about six oarsmen and a helmsman, could be seen delivering people to and from waiting ships. During the sailing part of  your days you are very likely to see examples of  all three designs of boat still in use today.

When Pilgrim returns to port after sailing, you can expect over 50 shanty groups, 20 venues and 250 hours of shanty singing as the town is filled with music, singing and a great community spirit! Groups come from far and wide including Netherlands, France, USA and right across the UK. In the past the likes of  Fisherman’s Friends, Rum & Shrub, Exmouth Shantymen and many more have also appeared! The Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival is a spectacle of Maritime musicians performing at multiple venues throughout the town. The main stages hosting programmed acts are Custom House Quay, Discovery Quay and The Moor. There are also performances at a variety of venues such as pubs, churches, cafes and mobile performing spots throughout the main streets.

Leaving Falmouth to return to Pilgrims home port of Brixham you will discover the coastline of Cornwall as it meets Devon taking in Looe, Plymouth, Cawsands, Salcombe and Dartmouth. As you round Berry Head with its colonies of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes and gulls,the Breakwater lighthouse guards the entrance to the harbour. Brixham rises up around the water with its pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages.. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy port before disembarking for your onward journey home.

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 in your itinerary exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

The Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival is a first for Pilgrim this season 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 LocationFalmouth – Port Pendennis Marina (TBC)
Embark/Disembark DateFri 16th Jun – Mon 19th Jun 2017
Embark/Disembark Time14-00 – 12-00 (noon)
Duration:3 Nights
Max number of guests10-12
DestinationCornish Coasts and Falmouth – Sea Shanty Festival
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) √ Entrance to the festival events
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
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