Agnes’ Skipper

The crew of Agnes will rotate across the season, but rest assured they are trusted friends of Luke and Jo.

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Luke and Jo Powell are the proud owners of Agnes and have sailed and skippered her for many years. Luke is currently skippering on Agnes’ sister vessel Pellew. They have a good circle of trusted friends and skippers who will be taking the helm of Agnes and working on a rotation basis throughout the season.

Luke started his life on the water aged 9 when his parents took him off to Greece on an old fishing boat. He began skippering in the Mediterranean at the age of 16 before coming back to the UK at 18 to begin his boatbuilding career. After a couple of years in Faversham, Kent he went back to Greece to buy and rebuild a 40ft boat of his own, Charmian.

After sailing in the Mediterranean for a couple of years and a some-more building and restoring boats in France, he returned to Gweek in Cornwall at the top of the Helford where Working Sail was started.  Luke’s passion for sailing is clear to see and he loves nothing more than to be out on the water, sharing his wisdom and knowledge with guests while visiting beautiful anchorages off the beaten track.

Jo has also spent the last 25 years running and sailing traditional wooden boats for charter. She started sailing at the age of nine on board her parent’s yacht before moving on to owning her own 1901 lugger Gladys and now owns Stormy Petrel, a 1890’s Whitstable oyster smack. She is renowned for her delicious cooking onboard Agnes but is now stepping back a little to concentrate on running Agnes and Pellew shore-side. She will be filling in onboard both Agnes and Pellew from time to time to give the resident crew a break.

2022 Skipper

Gabe comes from Cambridge and has always got a smile on his face. As well as being a commercial skipper, he is also fab company and a great cook should he be needed to turn his hand in the galley.  He’s worked on a quite a few boats in the VentureSail fleet from Eye of the Wind, Eda Frandsen and of course, Pellew.

Adventure loving, he sailed his boat with some friends to Greenland in the summer of 2019 before buying a new steel lugger at the beginning of lockdown 2020 and spending the summer refitting and sailing, before heading up to Scotland last summer for some more climbing & sailing. Unfortunately we only have the pleasure of his company for some of this season as adventure is beckoning and he is off sailing again West for a year of sunshine & fun in the Caribbean!

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Luke Powell

Agnes was built by shipwright and skipper Luke Powell. You couldn't be in safer hands.

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Originally built to keep crews safe in wild seas, Pilot Cutters like Agnes offer guests safe but exhilarating sailing.

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Built-in 2003, Agnes is a faithful recreation of a traditional Isles of Scilly pilot cutter.

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