Tag: Heritage

We’re at the start of the heritage sailing season 2019. It’s always exciting when we get to put the tools, paint and grease away and go sailing. April has arrived and we’ll be sailing now right through until October. We’ve a hectic season ahead with locals cruises around the Devon Coast, trips to Cormwall and out to the stunning Isles of Scilly. Then there’s a cruise across to Brittany and the Paimpol Martime festival.

Pilgrim BM45 shakedown crew
Pilgrim’s skipper and shakedown crew ready to set sail for the first outing of the season

Over the last two days we’ve been doing ‘shakedown sails’ to make sure everything is working right and Pilgrim is in good shape for cruising. For the next week or so we’ll be doing essential crew training so keep an eye out for us in Torbay or out in Lyme Bay. The final job is then to make-up all our berths and load provisions ready for our first cruise with guests on board just before Easter.

Pilgrim BM45 below decks
Pilgrim’s main saloon ready for guests to come aboard

It’s a frantic time of year at the Pilgrim Foundation and it’s time for bottom scrubbing!. The last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April are all about getting Pilgrim ready to welcome guests on board. We start our sailing season at Easter time and then it’s full-on until October. We’ve just spent a few days ‘on the beach’ (actually in the mud!) in Brixham Harbour. We pressure wash the hull, attend to any essential repairs, fit new anodes to minimise corrosion and then antifoul the whole hull to help keep her clean through the season. It’s dirty, messy work but the weather was kind and there were no nasty surprises.

Pilgrim BM45 prop maintenance
Shipwright John servicing the starboard propeller

 

Pressure washing Pilgrim BM45
Volunteer Roy finishing of the pressure washing down at the keel. As you can imagine that is a recipe for back ache!

Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend, Brixham hosted its annual Heritage Sailing Regatta. One of the highlights of the event is the race to compete for the King George V Perpetual Cup.

Originally gifted by King George V in 1914 for races between working trawlers, the cup was first presented in 1919 by Lord Churston on behalf of the King after races were suspended during the First World War.

Today the thriving local heritage sailing fleet race for the trophy just as they did all those years ago. Competing over a 5 mile course in Torbay, the race is demanding on the crews that take part as they are sailing these traditional gaff rigged heavy working boats. Pilgrim is over seventy feet in length and weighs more than ninety tons.

Pilgrim won again this year for the sixth time out of the last seven years!  At the prize giving at Brixham Yacht Club, Pilgrim’s Sailing Director Lynda Davison said, “we won this by having a great volunteer crew on board led by our very capable professional skipper Brendan Stewart.”

Pilgrim wins the King George V Cup
Pilgrim’s 2018 crew for the Heritage Regatta