Plymouth Seafood Festival weekend
Delicious seafood and glorious sailing is the order of the day onboard this fantastic Plymouth Seafood Festival Short Break.
During this 4 night sailing experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer combined with delicious local seafood and watching top chefs prepare and cook an array of fish and shellfish dishes!
This short break is a great way to see familiar places like Berry Head, Slapton Bay, Salcombe and the breathtaking Plymouth Sound from a new perspective.
This stretch of coastline is rich with many types of seafood and as it moves into its 6th year The Plymouth Seafood Festival is all set to showcase the very best local delicacies!
What to Expect on your Seafood Special Short Break:
The South Devon coastline is famed for its delicious seafood and during this unique sailing experience to Plymouth you can fully appreciate the bygone days of the majestic sailing vessel fleets that were based in Brixham. Leaving from Brixham which is home port to Pilgrim BM45, you will join us on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895.
This special Short Break will take us around Berry Head towards Slapton Sands, Salcombe and Stark Point before arriving in the beautiful Plymouth Sound . There will be picturesque anchorage points and places of interest along the way and a fantastic seafood extravaganza to look enjoy.
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 seafood adventure begins!
Points of Interest During your Plymouth Seafood Festival:
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. We are often accompanied by dolphins as we sail the South Hams coastline, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.
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, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then arrive at the mouth of the beautiful River Dart.
Dartmouth is often our first stopover and the ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River mouth. 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.
Sailing on, the famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger,the 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.
Salcombe is a beautiful harbour set in a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike 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!
Further down the coastline, beyond Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded off the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The lighthouse was subsequently 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.
Plymouth is the first city in the world to be awarded the Fish2Fork Blue City status for its commitment to sourcing sustainable fish. Over the Sat and Sun of your trip there will be opportunities to watch inspirational, regional and celebrity chefs who will delight you with their tantalising dishes at the Seafood Festival Cookery Theatre. Whilst you sample the array of local food and visit traditional craft stalls you will also be entertained by foot stomping Shanty bands who will be performing throughout the weekend
Your third night onboard hails the highlight of the trip from a food perspective with our onboard chef pulling out all the stops to provide you with an array of tastes of the sea. These will range from a hot and cold seafood platter through to selections of grilled line caught fish with flavoured butters and herb dressings all rounded off nicely with some delicious homemade desserts.
After breakfast on day 4, Pilgrim lifts anchor to head back to Brixham. Along the way we hope that you will once again be accompanied by the local marine wildlife giving you just enough time to capture those last few memory making moments before you disembark and step ashore!
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 special Devon Short Break Sail is sure to be popular and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on land!
|Embark/Disembark Port||Brixham – Town Pontoon|
|Embark/Disembark Date||Thur 21st Sep – Mon 25th 4th Sep 2017|
|Embark/Disembark Time||14-00 – 12-00(noon)|
|Destination||Devon Coasts and Plymouth Seafood Festival|
|Max number of guests||10|
|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|