Pilgrim BM45
Pilgrim at Dartmouth Regatta. Photo courtesy of Peter Hunt

Seafood Feast Devon B&B Sailing Weekend

Enjoy a very special Devon B&B Sailing Weekend during England’s Seafood Feast event. You will depart from beautiful Brixham, right next to the famous fish market. Fish is landed everyday and you will be sampling seafood at its best on this unique cruise. Pilgrim will arrive either in historic Dartmouth or will anchor in the beautiful Ansteys Cove.

The evening will start in style with a glass of champagne followed by a special succulent fresh fish dinner. You will be dining aboard Pilgrim of Brixham which is a unique 124 year old classic heritage sailing trawler. Pilgrim spent the early years of her life fishing in these very waters just as the Brixham fleet does today.  

When we set sail you will enjoy refreshments as you board, and later an afternoon tea en-route.  Our destination will depend on the wind, weather and tides. If we cruise to Dartmouth, you may want to step ashore to explore, or just stay onboard and soak up the amazing view. If we go to Anstey’s Cove you may want to take advantage of a dinghy trip for a shore walk or a pub visit.

After your celebratory fresh fish dinner you can sit on deck and enjoy the nightime panorama and hopefully the starry sky!

The following morning, enjoy the sights and sounds of the River Dart or the Babbacombe/Teign coastline, then enjoy a delicious breakfast on board, before we set sail homeward to Brixham.

What to Expect on your Seafood Feast Devon B&B Sailing Weekend

Pilgrims home port of Brixham is a picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. On your departure and return you will also see other heritage and classic sailing boats as well as today’s modern fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.

During your Bed and Breakfast weekend you can either sit back and relax or help the crew hoist the sails and even take the helm – it’s up to you!

Whatever you decide, enjoy the magnificent scenery, fresh air and exhilarating sailing. Our Skipper and crew will be on hand  to ensure that your time onboard is as enjoyable as possible

Points of Interest During your Seafood Feast Devon B&B Sailing Weekend:

Landing over 40 different types of fish Brixham is an important fishing port.. The catch can be eaten fresh off the boat in Brixham’s quayside restaurants and cafes and it is exported all over the world. Closer to home, Brixhams resident grey seals can be regularly spotted on the lookout for a free fish breakfast, lunch or supper!

As we set sail to Berry Head, the marine wildlife really comes into its own. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes, kestrels and seagulls.  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, but highest sighted lighthouses in the British Isles.  Its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles. This area is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804 – Designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was 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.  If we head for Dartmouth we will sail past St Marys Bay, 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 of comic opera fame.

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.

The rocky entrance to the r­­­­­­­iver is guarded on the west side of the estuary by a 15th Century castle, which also incorporates the church of St Petrox.

Kingswear, the harbour town directly opposite Dartmouth has its own historic castle. During the 2nd world war, the two fortifications were linked by chains at dusk to damage enemy ships attempting to attack Dartmouth.

Whilst you enjoy the scenery, our onboard cook will have prepared a traditional Devon Cream Tea for you and later that evening a tasty two course fresh fish dinner for you and your fellow guests to enjoy. You can then relax, before you settle down for a comfortable nights sleep.

The following morning, enjoy the early sights and sounds of the River Dart, then a delicious breakfast on board.We may have time to sail a short way further up river to see the famous Britannia Royal Naval College where officer training has taken place since 1863 before we set sail back to Brixham.

As we return home there is time to capture any photo opportunities you may have missed on the outward journey,  to include the half mile long breakwater and lighthouse built in 1916 to protect Brixham Harbour and the town from tidal surges following the great storm in 1866.

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.

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Additional information

Embark/Disembark PortBrixham – Town Pontoon
DatesSaturday 21st September – Sunday 22nd September
Embark/Disembark Time12.00 -12.00 (noon)
Max Number of Guests10-12
Duration2 days
DestinationBabbacombe Bay, Dartmouth, Westcountry Coasts
What\'s Included*Approx 8hrs of glorious sailing! *All meals and refreshments whilst onboard (incl dinner) *Use of safety equipment e.g Life Jackets and harnesses *Mooring and berthing fees
What\'s not Included*Parking Fees *Waterproof Clothing *Meals/drinks ashore *Joining/onward travel *Travel Insurance *Towels
Pilgrim of Brixham BM45
Pilgrim of Brixham classic comfort and spacious below decks
Sail Bed and Breakfast Dolphins Alongside South Devon
Enjoying some Classic Sailing on deck Pilgrim of Brixham Devon
Brixham through rigging half-day sail