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Pilgrim sailing up the River Dart in full sail

Dartmouth Regatta Sailing Weekend

This is a special date in the sailing calendar so why not join us for our annual Dartmouth Regatta Sailing Weekend. It’ll be an unforgettable experience.

Pilgrim is a popular and frequent visitor to Dartmouth but Regatta weekend  is the highlight of the season. There are all sorts of activities on the river and in the harbour as well as music and all the fun of the fayre ashore. The port will be packed but by joining Pilgrim you’ll have a superb vantage point to enjoy what’s going on and to see the spectacular Saturday night fireworks.

If you join our Dartmouth Regatta Sailing Weekend you’ll be able to enjoy the festivities and combine that with some adventure sailing on our famous heritage trawler.

This is so much more than a weekend away and you will be able to get stuck in and experience at first hand the breathtaking beauty of traditional heritage vessel sailing. Once in Dartmouth, one of the highlights of this trip is Pilgrim joining in the famous Regatta Parade of Sail.

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 Dartmouth Regatta Sailing Weekend:

Embarkation is in Brixham and you will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895.

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 Dartmouth Regatta Sailing 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!

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, 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.

A ‘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.

As we sail on down the coast, 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.

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.

Next on the map is Torcross  which was badly damaged 2014 by high tides and gales resulting in many homes being evacuated.

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 ships off Start Point. It is 92 feet high and its warning light  flashes every 5 seconds. If you revisit on land, the lighthouse is open to the public with guided tours between Easter and October showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.

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 Dartmouth Regatta Sailing Weekend is one of our most sought after trips and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on dry land! Find more details about the Regatta here.

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark LocationBrixham – Town Pontoon
Embark/Disembark DatePlease see 2019 Sailing Programme
Embark/Disembark Time13.00 – 12.00 (noon)
DestinationVisiting Dartmouth and returning to Brixham to disembark
Max number of guests10
What's Included√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 3 nts. onboard accommodation √ Bunk linen
What's Not Included× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels × Joining or onward travel costs
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