Poldark Coasts & Charlestown Regatta Heritage Sailing Experience:
Get away from it all & immerse yourself in Poldark country by sailing the picturesque coastline between Brixham & Charlestown which has starred in the recent BBC One series.
During this 3 night heritage sailing cruise you will have the opportunity to marine wildlife, glorious coastal scenery and the traditional regatta festivities at the unspoilt port of Charlestown famed for its links with the china clay industry during the 19th century.
It is a great way to see familiar places from a new perspective whilst having the opportunity to get hands on if you would like to experience at first hand what it takes to sail one of these beautiful vessels .
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 Poldark Coasts Short Break:
Leaving from Brixham to head for the Poldark coasts, 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, this sailing promises to add something extra special! We will take you around Berry Head towards Dartmouth, then onward towards Slapton Sands and Salcombe,continuing past Plymouth Sound and into Cornwall with its picturesque anchorage points of and places of interest along the way before ending up in the unspoilt harbour at Charlestown to enjoy the fun and festivities of their traditional Cornish Regatta.
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 Poldark Coasts 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.
Enjoy the seascape and dramatic coastal scenery with interesting rock formations creating rugged limestone cliffs, sandy bays, coastal coves and inlets. We sail past St Marys Bay, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then onto the royal port of Dartmouth.
A ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity 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. Dependant on the weather this is often our overnight port.
The famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles ahead. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, 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.
Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve sits behind Slapton Sands and is the largest freshwater lake in the South West and home to both native and migrating birds.
Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded on the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The Start Point lighthouse was built in 1836 to warn off passing ships. If you ever revisit by land, the lighthouse is open to the public with guided tours between Easter and October showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.
Salcombe and its beautiful harbour set in a stunning natural environment designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is next. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Despite becoming a vibrant, busy little town, Salcombe still manages to retain its unique Devon charm!
Passing Plymouth Sound a sweeping natural harbour we are then into Cornwall with its unspoilt bays which provide a myriad of tranquil anchorages before we reach Charlestown the unspoilt harbour famed more recently for its starring role in the BBC dramatisation of Poldark.
The regatta boasts all the charm of a Cornish fishing villages traditions alongside the chance to see square riggers moored up in the inner harbour and to sample the delights of some local cornish fare.
You will depart from Pilgrim in Falmouth which has excellent national rail and transport links to the rest of the UK for your homeward journey – or you may decide to stay on for a few days to explore this wonderful county further!
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 Short Break Sail is sure to be popular so please give us a call to secure your berth and make some great memories!
Brixham – Town Pontoon – Falmouth – TBC
Fri 21st – Mon 24th Jul 2017
10-00 – 12-00(noon)
South Devon – Cornwall Coasts and Harbours
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√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit
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× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance