Rich in maritime history, home to numerous sailing regattas and proffering calm waters, creeks, coves and wide bays, Devon is a must for those looking for a taste of life at sea.
Setting sail from the bustling fishing port of Brixham, your vessel is likely to head out around Berry Head, a dramatic limestone headland which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty. Its dramatic cliffs serve as a sanctuary for colonies of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes as well as kestrels and gulls, all of whom make their nests, balanced precariously on the edge of the cliffs.
Berry Head is also home to the smallest, deepest lighthouse, which is perched at the highest geographical point in the British Isles! Built in 1906, its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles
From here it’s eyes peeled for dolphins and porpoises who often join us on the open water, dancing in the bow waves as we voyage along the dramatic south Devon coastline, past St. Mary’s Bay, Sharkham Point and then onto the sheltered waters of the river Dart, home to the popular tourist destination, Dartmouth. Here you will be likely to spend the night, mooring up so you can step ashore and explore this historic port.
The next day will generally see some sailing further down the south Devon coast, past Slapton Sands which is the home of the infamous ‘Exercise Tiger’, a D-Day landing rehearsal that saw 30,000 troops ‘attacked’ by German E-boats – the mis timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men. A Sherman tank stands in memorium to those lives lost.
From here you will continue on towards Kingsbridge, past lighthouses, colour washed fishermen’s cottages and picturesque anchor points. The furthest you may reach is the stunning harbour town of Salcombe. Set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is easy to see why the area has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike.
As with any voyage, the weather, wind and tides will be your ultimate masters so no destinations are guaranteed. However, we do promise that our Devon Weekend Sail breaks will show this county off in a new light and leave you with some amazing memories.