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Sailing in the Pilot Cutter Championships

  • Vessel: Agnes
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Embark: Falmouth - 26 May 2021, 11:00
  • Disembark: Falmouth - 31 May 2021, 11:00

Sail and race with Agnes as she competes in the annual Pilot Cutter Worldwide Championships!

Join Agnes in Falmouth, Cornwall for an exhilarating five days sailing and racing along the Cornish coast. Agnes will be racing alongside her sister, newly built Pellew, where she will put her sails and speed to the test to compete for the trophy cup!

This sailing voyage is not for the faint-hearted. Racing with Agnes requires a dedicated guest as you sail her from the meeting point of Falmouth and up to Fowey before beginning the race back down to St.Mawes. The evenings are a much more relaxed affair as we raft up with the other boats, have a BBQ and chat over the days sailing events with the other crews.

ITINERARY (please note due to changeable winds and tides, these are guidelines only)

Wednesday and Thursday will see some “warm-up” sailing as you sail with Agnes from Falmouth to the race start point in Fowey. A designated Pilot Cutter normally throws open their doors and hosts the first night of festivities.

On Friday morning, Agnes will get set for the race at 10 am and join the parade of sail out of Fowey. As the race begins to St Mawes, this is where the fun starts. These powerful boats sailing down the coast is a truly amazing sight. An estimated arrival into St Mawes will be about 2 pm where from then you can rest, wander and explore being once again joining the evenings’ festivities.

Saturday has two races, one at 10 am and one at 2 pm from two of St Mawes outer harbour limit buoys in a staggered pursuit race with one course in the Carrick Roads or out into Falmouth Bay. In the evening we will anchor in the beautiful River Fal, have a BBQ and share stories from the day.

Sunday sees the last Race from two of St Mawes outer harbour limit buoys in a staggered pursuit race with one course in the Carrick Roads or out into Falmouth Bay. The final evening sees that last social event with prize giving being awarded to the winners of the races!

Every night is a social feast with chances to exchange experiences and sailing stories. Believe it or not, no previous experience of sailing is necessary as you will have time to get to know Agnes before racing starts. You will find yourselves enriched by getting involved in the pulling of ropes, taking the helm and handling of sail. Although racing is involved, this is primarily a fun, social event, and open to all. If you have friends and family who wish to watch, then St Mawes Castle is a good place to take in the action as a spectator.

Your ticket price includes entry to all social events and food onboard for the duration of the trip.


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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?

    No, please bring your own.

  • 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.


From: Falmouth

To: Falmouth

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