Sail with Pilgrim to explore the beautiful coast that Cornwall has to offer.
Join Pilgrim of Brixham in Falmouth, Cornwall as she offers a 5-day summer sailing trip along the Cornish coast. This voyage is perfect for those who want to get to grips with traditional, classic yacht sailing in sheltered waters, or simply wanting to soak up the diversity of Cornwall’s coastline.
Set sail from Falmouth, with its picture-perfect streets, river mouth and bay. Your voyage will, of course, be dictated by the direction of the wind and tide to make full use of Pilgrim of Brixham’s sails, so there is no set route or itinerary.
It is likely that you will head west, down the beautiful Cornish coastline and up the Helford River exploring the beautiful creeks that have inspired the likes of Daphne du Maurier…and Kylie Minogue. Moor up on National Trust beaches, visit riverside smuggler’s inns and experience true freedom as the wind fills the sails and propels you along this unique and impressive coastline. Onto the Lizard peninsula, home to the most southerly point of the British mainland, and its remoteness means that even in the height of summer there are plenty of golden sandy beaches that you can have all to yourself. Or if you fancy, take yourself along the breathtaking, award-winning coastal footpaths, stopping at one of plenty of pubs along the way. Meander around the small fishing port of Coverack, sailing through the crystal clear waters into the harbour and visiting local art galleries and shops.
If the wind takes you up the coast, discover Place creek beyond St Mawes before continuing up the coast maybe even sailing all the way up to the historic port of Fowey before returning back to Falmouth. This is one of the most unique ways to explore the South coast of Cornwall – and one of the best.
Whichever way you head along the Cornish coast, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Dolphins, birds and plenty of other marine life. You might even fancy a swim in the beautiful Helford river so don’t forget your swimsuit!
With good food, classic sailing and a plethora of wildlife, this is a holiday for all abilities not to be missed!
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!
Pilgrim of Brixham
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.
The Pilgrim Story
After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.
Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.
Deck planMore about Pilgrim of Brixham
- Are meals included?
Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 8 berths in the main saloon, with 4 in a cabin at the front of the ship, and 4 at the back (these are usually crew bunks)
- Is there an age limit?
Preferably no under 8's on scheduled voyages but please check with us. There are no age limits on private charters.
- Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether they know how to or not.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Two for guests
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, please bring 12v chargers.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
There are some for emergencies but please bring your own.
- 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.