Seafood Special-Devon Short Break weekend
Sail away from it all onboard this relaxing seafood focused Devon Short Break.
During this 4 day sailing experience you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer combined with sampling some delicious local seafood – which you may also have the opportunity to fish for yourself!
This short break is a great way to see familiar places like Berry Head, Dartmouth, Slapton Bay, Stoke Gabriel and Salcombe from a new perspective.
This stretch of coastline is rich with many types of seafood including Mussels from Elberry Cove and the famous Dartmouth Crabs so our menus will be designed to incorporate as many local delicacies as possible!
What to Expect on your Seafood Special Devon Short Break:
The South Devon coastline is famed for its delicious seafood and during this special sailing experience 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.
No two short break sails are exactly the same. However, a typical Devon Short Break will take us around Berry Head towards Dartmouth, Slapton Sands and Salcombe, visiting 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 seafood adventure begins!
Points of Interest During your Seafood Special Devon Short Break weekend:
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.
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, a popular caravan holiday destination, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then, hidden from view, the National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre, once the home of the Doyle Cart family.
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 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.
To whet your appetite for the first seafood treat of the trip will be- supper could be a delicious Elberry Cove Mussel Starter followed by pan seared mullet and mediterranean vegetables and baby potatoes. Or if you have been fishing some delicious fresh mackerel simply grilled with a delicious mango salsa and salads. (PLEASE NOTE -If you would prefer to come along and have a non seafood menu, our onboard cook will be very happy to offer some delicious alternatives!)
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. A combination of an attack by German E-boats and miss timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men.
These waters are rich with seafood and the Skipper will be keen to get some lobster pots over the side to see what can be caught. (don’t worry though as we will have stocked up the fridge just incase!)
Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded off the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. 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 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!
Your second 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 another glorious day of sailing and as Pilgrim lifts anchor to head back to Brixham, 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 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!
Brixham – Town Pontoon
Fri 30th Jun – Mon 3rd Jul 2017
14-00 – 12-00 noon
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South Devon Coasts and harbours
√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit
|What's Not Included:||
× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance