Bessie Ellen Schedule

Bessie Ellen

Easter Sailing Weekend in Cornwall

Early spring is one of the most delightful seasons in Cornwall and there can be no better way to shake off the winter blues and celebrate this stunning time of year than by getting out on the water.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Date: 10 April 2020

A Sailors’ Voyage to Scotland

As the evenings grow lighter Bessie Ellen heads north to Oban, Scotland and the journey north from Cornwall is a fantastic opportunity to tuck some ocean miles under your belt and taste life on the open water.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Date: 17 April 2020

Hebridean Magic Under Sail

The sea around the west coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world and this adventure will sail where the wind blows.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 2 May 2020

Island Sailing around the Hebrides

The sea around the west coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world and this adventure will sail where the wind blows.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 9 May 2020

Hebridean Magic Under Sail

The sea around the west coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world and this adventure will sail where the wind blows.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 16 May 2020

Sailing to St. Kilda, Scotland

Sail to the remotest part of the UK, stroll barefoot on deserted white sands, take the helm and raise the sails for an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 23 May 2020

Tall Ship Taster – Discover Mull, Iona & Staffa

The west coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world. Sail where the wind blows and soak up some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Date: 2 June 2020

Sailing to St. Kilda, Scotland

Sail to the remotest part of the UK, stroll barefoot on deserted white sands, take the helm and raise the sails for an adventure of a lifetime.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 6 June 2020

Tall Ship Taster – Discover Mull & her Surrounding Isles

The west coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world. Sail where the wind blows and soak up some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Date: 16 June 2020

Hebridean Magic Under Sail

The sea around the west coast of Scotland offers some of the most stunning cruising grounds in the world and this adventure will sail where the wind blows.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 20 June 2020

Sailing South – Passage to Cornwall

As the evenings draw in, this is Bessie’s cue to head back south, down the north channel, passing the Clyde and onward to the dramatic Cornish coast.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Scotland
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 27 June 2020

Sailing passage from Newlyn to Brest

Become part of Bessie Ellen’s voyage crew, standing watches, reefing sails and taking part in navigating and all other aspects of a wooden vessel as she journeys over to France.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Date: 6 July 2020

Crossing the Bay of Biscay

Sail with Bessie from the French Coast across the Bay of Biscay to La Coruna, perfect for an open water adventure or mile building trip.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: France
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 18 July 2020

Explore Galicia, La Coruna to Vigo

Spend a summer week sailing and exploring the Northwesterly coast of Spain onboard tall ship Bessie Ellen.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Galicia Spain
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 1 August 2020

Galician Coastal Exploration from Vigo

Spend a summer week sailing and exploring the Galician coast of Spain onboard tall ship Bessie Ellen.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Spain
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 8 August 2020

Galician Coastal Exploration from Vigo

Spend a summer week sailing and exploring the Galician coast of Spain onboard tall ship Bessie Ellen.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Spain
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Date: 15 August 2020

Crossing and whale watching in the Bay of Biscay

Sail with Bessie Ellen from Vigo on the Galician coast on her journey home to Cornwall for 10 days of exhilarating sailing.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Spain/UK
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 22 August 2020

Sailing voyage from Cornwall to the Kiel Canal

Sail with Bessie Ellen as she makes her way from Cornwall to Germany exploring the South West English Coast and onto the Kiel canal and Frisian islands.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: UK/Germany
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 2 September 2020

Late Summer Scandinavian Sailing

Sail with Bessie Ellen as she sails from Copenhagen and explores the Swedish archipelago, Denmark and Norway.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Denmark
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Date: 19 September 2020

Autumn Scandinavian Sailing and Apple Harvest

Sail with Bessie Ellen as she explores the islands of Denmark and experiences the traditional Danish Apple Harvest.
  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Denmark
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Date: 3 October 2020

Bessie Ellen

Skipper profile

Nikki Alford

Nikki, owner and skipper has proudly taken care of the magnificent Bessie Ellen since 2000. She provides a strong, skilled leadership and will make even the newest of sailors feel at home on the ship.

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Life onboard

Bessie Ellen

Life on board Bessie Ellen is as you make it. Whether you want to relax and watch for wildlife, or get stuck in with either honing your skills or learning the ropes, it is entirely up to you.

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The History of

Bessie Ellen

Bessie Ellen started life out in Plymouth, England, and is now one of the last remaining trading ketches in the West Country, where there was once a fleet of almost 700.

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