Built in 1907, classic wooden boat Irene is one of the last West Country trading ketch's of her time offering guests traditional taster sailings around Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly.
From an Edwardian cargo vessel to floating family home and now a chartered sailing vessel, Irene’s had a fascinating life. She’s been the darling of the silver screen, sank in the Caribbean, towed across the Atlantic and re-built in Cornwall. Now she earns her keep sailing guests around the Cornish coast and the Isles of Scilly. Her most recent re-fit has seen the addition of all the mod-cons and safety equipment you’d expect of a modern day charter boat. She carries a crew of professional mariners who love sharing their passion for this old lady of the seas.
From sailing the Cornish coast to exploring the beautiful archipelago of the Scilly Isles, Irene’s sailing holidays range from weekend breaks to week-long explorations taking in some of the most stunning sailing destinations in the UK. From beginners to old hands there’s something to suit all experiences and whether you’re solo travellers or a couple, Irene certainly welcomes all.
Traditionally rigged with a full time crew, Irene encourages guests to actively involved in all aspects of sailing. From taking the helm, hoisting the sails and general rope work, the crew are well versed in taking complete novices and guiding them through all they need to know to make the most of their tall ship sailing holiday. Below decks she has been well-considered with private ensuite cabins and even a luxury state room with its own lounge area, double bed and bathroom. Her generous saloon has space for relaxing, ample dining space for those hearty home-cooked meals after a day in the sea air and a generous galley where the onboard cook will keep you fed from start to finish.
- Total number of berths : 15
- Number of guest berths : 10
- Number of bathrooms : 6 ensuites
- Cabin configuration : 4x 3 berth cabins , 1x state room cabin
- Smoking policy : E-cigarettes permitted on deck
- Builder : Bridgwater Yard FJ Carver & Sons
- Year built : 1907
- Length overall : 34m
- Number of Sails : 8
- Rig : Ketch
- Sail Area : TBC
- Engine : Twin 6LX-D Gardeners
- Crew : 4 (+1)
- Licensed for day sails? : Yes, 10 guests
- Waterproofs supplied? : Yes
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price (breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks - alcohol is not included).
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
4x twin ensuite cabins, 1x state
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Is there an age limit?
No, children are fine as long as parents assume full responsibility and they bring their own dated, inflatable lifejacket.
Are there life jackets provided?
Yes. But not children's ones, they must be brought with you.
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
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