Sailing Weekend in Cornwall
- Vessel: Bessie Ellen
- Where: Cornwall
- Duration: 3 days
- Embark: Falmouth - 8 October 2021, 12:00
- Disembark: Falmouth - 10 October 2021, 12:00
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Join Bessie Ellen for a weekend to remember, exploring the Cornish coast from the maritime port of Falmouth.
It was this part of the dramatic Cornish coast that helped to inspire Daphne Du Maurier’s bestselling novels. Her very first, The Loving Spirit, depicts the Slade family, shipbuilders from Polruan building and sailing craft similar to Bessie Ellen. Whilst Menabilly, the setting for the infamous ‘Rebecca’, is just along the coast.
Over the weekend Bessie’s crew will teach guests as much as possible about the sailing and manoeuvring of a ship and coming up to anchor under sail. The skipper’s interest is to show you how these ships were handled for centuries and this sheltered bay provides a perfect learning ground if you are new to tall ship sailing.
On departing Falmouth, the itinerary will be dependent on the weather however once Bessie is out into Falmouth Bay, she may sail down the coast toward Coverack or up the coast toward Fowey, finding a sheltered anchorage for the night.
During the voyage there will be several opportunities to step ashore and stretch your legs on a circular walk prior to returning back for a fantastic on board meal, freshly prepared. Using the finest local ingredients, they create dishes like cod with chorizo (Cornish of course) and our home-grown pork, served with his homemade medlar chutney.
As with all Bessie Ellen’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Drinks. Curtained bunk berths are int he spacious shared open saloon below decks with bedding provided – you just need to bring your own towel.
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!
All voyages for Bessie Ellen
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Step aboard Bessie Ellen, a classic tall ship with over 120 years of history, and embark on a sailing holiday that takes you back to a bygone era. As one of the last West Country trading ketches, Bessie Ellen has a remarkable past. She sailed through the turbulent times of both world wars, and has since been recognised for her historical significance, as she proudly graces the National Historic Ships Register, signifying her importance as a vessel in need of conservation.
Today, Bessie Ellen has transitioned into a vessel that sails the waters of the British Isles and Europe, offering unforgettable hands-on sailing holidays. With a warm and experienced crew, she provides guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience.
Life on board Bessie Ellen
Sail alongside skipper Nikki and her crew as they navigate the stunning coastlines of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, the Hebrides and St. Kilda. Discover unique landscapes, encounter abundant wildlife, and enjoy delicious food sourced locally and prepared on board. Joining on this maritime adventure is Bracken, the spirited and seaworthy ship dog, eager to accompany you on your voyage!
Choose from a range of sailing experiences on Bessie Ellen. Opt for a traditional sailing weekend break, delve deeper into the maritime experience with a weeklong trip, or embark on a 10-day exploration to remote destinations. Whichever journey you choose, you can be certain that you will be transported to a world where the wind fills the sails, the sea beckons, and the echoes of history resonate with every nautical mile.
Sailing on Bessie Ellen is more than just a holiday. As you step aboard this historic vessel, you become part of her living legacy, connecting with the spirit of seafaring that has endured for over a century. Book your voyage with Bessie Ellen today and embark on an extraordinary journey through time.More about Bessie Ellen
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks)
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of enquiry.
Are there any added extras?
There's an honesty bar for soft drinks and alcohol.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing. Each bunk has its own reading light and privacy curtain.
Is there a porthole in my berth?
There are portholes within the saloon for natural light but not in each berth.
How many toilets/showers does she have?
Bessie Ellen has two toilets/showers for guests.
Are bedding and towels included?
All your bedding (duvet and pillow) is provided but please bring your own towels (washing and/or swimming).
Is there a hairdryer on board?
No, please do not bring one. The sea breeze makes a great natural alternative!
Will I be able to wash my clothes?
No, Bessie does not have laundry facilities on board.
Is there heating on board?
Yes there is heating if needed!
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken on board?
Is there WIFI?
No! It's time to disconnect from the modern tech and reconnect with nature! When within shore range, you should be able to reach 4/5G. Please make sure you have international roaming set up on your data plan if needed.
Can I charge my phone or camera?
Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.
What is the currency on board?
GBP - Pounds Sterling.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are waterproofs available?
No. Please bring your own. There are a few oilskins spare for emergencies only.
Do I need sailing experience?
Not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether the know how to or not.
Does the boat have any water toys?
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are worried to take some medication 24 hours before travelling.
Is there an age limit?
No, but we advise over 16's for scheduled voyages as there is an open saloon sleeping arrangement. There is no limit for private charter.