Sail across the English Channel with pilot cutter Agnes as she explores the coast of Brittany and joins the bi-annual Paimpol Maritime Festival.
Join Agnes for 13 days of exhilarating sailing, music and merriment as she sails from one Celtic to coast to another and celebrates the bi-annual Paimpol Maritime Festival.
Jump aboard Agnes in Falmouth before she takes her guest across the English Channel and heads for the North coast of Brittany.
Paimpol is a traditional French harbour town situated in the Gulf of St. Malo. This is a beautiful coastline and there are several opportunities for anchoring before you reach the festival. With this being a maritime festival, once you reach the shores of France, you will more and more frequently spot fellow traditional wooden ship and working vessels heading in the same direction – all towards Paimpol.
On reaching Paimpol, Agnes will navigate her way into the small harbour over mudflats and oyster beds, accompanied by many other ships travelling almost nose to tail in the small channel. This is where the atmosphere of the festival really begins as thousands of people line the harbour wall waiting to watch the spectacle and welcome all the vessels to the town.
Once moored up alongside other traditional ships or working vessels, your time is your own. Relax on deck, head ashore with fellow seafarers or visit other boats before immersing yourself in the history and tradition of Paimpol Festival. The town was once home to a large fleet of fishing vessels that would sail across the Atlantic, fishing the deep seas. The maritime music festival celebrates the towns seafaring traditions with energetic dancing, classic wooden vessels, brass bands and the occasional sax lift the mood to remind the festival-goers that this is a celebration of maritime culture.
The town itself has plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy (although of course all main meals will be provided on board if you prefer), and the atmosphere is electric over the three day festival. This voyage is a bucket list adventure; maritime music festivals have energy like nothing else and the channel crossing is an adventure in itself.
After the festival has come to a close, your holiday onboard is certainly not over as we continue to explore the French coast. The itinerary will not be known closer to the time as it will entirely depend on the tides and weather but rest assured the skipper has spent many years exploring this coast so knows the best spots well!
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Guest berths: 6 Rig: Pilot Cutter
Agnes is a 46ft wooden pilot cutter, owned and built by Luke Powell in 2003 – the flagship of his boat-building company.
Traditionally rigged a gaff cutter, she has the ability to fly 5 sails, depending on the weather. She is tiller steered and all sails are pulled up manually, so there is plenty for the guests to get involved with if they so desire. She was built with a traditional oak frame and planked with Douglas fir mast and spars.
Originally designed and built for speed and seaworthiness, these sturdy vessels would carry pilots out to sea, meeting ocean-going ships arriving with cargos bound for Europe. Whatever the weather and however rough the seas these courageous cutters were an integral part of maritime life in the south-west of England.
Down below, you are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table for all the guests and crew. There are six guest berths arranged around an open-plan cabin situated forward of the mast. She has one head, with a pull-out shower attachment for when we can’t get ashore.
The professional and friendly crew of two are always thoughtful hosts, effortlessly sharing a passion for sailing, discovering beautiful anchorages and feasting on freshly prepared meals. She will sail with a skipper, mate/cook and spends her sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and Devon with voyages across to the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands and the Breton Coast.More about Agnes
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, Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten Free diets can be accomodated. Please let us know at time of booking. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a Vegan menu.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
6 berths in the open fore cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
1 bathroom with a pull out shower. Water is limited so on-shore showers are preferred.
Is there an age limit?
On public voyages yes, please check as each voyage is different. Any age is permitted on whole boat bookings.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are bedding and towels provided?
Bedding, yes - Towels, no
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Offshore sailing jackets/trousers are available from Agnes while sailing but please bring your own jacket for going ashore.
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.