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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!

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All voyages for Bessie Ellen

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing the Summer Isles to the Small Isles30 July 20227£1,105.00Enquire now
Sailing & Whale Watching in the Hebrides13 August 20227£1,105.00Enquire now
Sailing the Outer Hebrides20 August 20227£1,105.00Enquire now
Easter Sailing on Bessie Ellen6 April 20235£695.00Enquire now
Weekend Sailing in Cornwall14 April 20233£535.00Enquire now
Weekend Sailing in Cornwall21 April 20233£535.00Enquire now
A Sailors’ Voyage to Scotland29 April 202310£1,550.00Enquire now
Hebridean Wildlife Seeking, Mull & the Surrounding Isles13 May 20237£1,250.00Enquire now
Hebridean Wildlife Seeking, Mull & the Surrounding Isles20 May 20237£1,250.00Enquire now
Sailing the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda27 May 202310£1,875.00Enquire now
Sailing the Outer Hebrides & St Kilda7 June 202310£1,875.00Enquire now
Hebridean Exploring around Mull & the Isles17 June 20237£1,250.00Enquire now
Hebridean Exploring around Mull & the Isles24 June 20237£1,250.00Enquire now
Sailing the Hebrides; Jura, Islay & Tory Island1 July 202310£1,875.00Enquire now
Hebridean Exploring around Mull & the Isles15 July 20237£1,250.00Enquire now
Sailing the Hebrides; Jura, Islay & Tory Island22 July 202310£1,875.00Enquire now
Tall Ship Taster in the Hebrides1 August 20234£795.00Enquire now
Hebridean Exploring around Mull & the Isles5 August 20237£1,250.00Enquire now
A Sailors’ Voyage to Cornwall12 August 202310£1,550.00Enquire now
Sailing the Isles of Scilly with Bessie Ellen22 August 20237£1,250.00Enquire now

Bessie Ellen

Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch

Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.

This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.

Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission-free transport that Bessie offers.

Read more about Life on board here

Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda, Norway, and Denmark, you’ll not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food, all sourced locally and prepared on board.

Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10-day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.




 

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FAQ

  • What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Bessie Ellen?

    There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season.

  • Are meals included?

    Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?

    Yes, please let us know at the time of enquiry

  • Do I need to tip the crew?

    Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!

  • Do I need to bring bedding or towels?

    All your bedding (duvet and pillow) is provided but please bring your own towels (washing and/or swimming)

  • What language is spoken on board?

    English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.

  • 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

  • How many toilets/showers does she have?

    Bessie Ellen has two toilets/showers for guests.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you will be able to reach 3/4G when you are close to land.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes.

  • Are waterproofs available?

    No. Please bring your own. There are a few spare for emergencies only.

  • 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 the know how to or not.

  • Do I have to do watches?

    During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.

  • Will there be time to get off the boat?

    Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.

  • Will I be sea sick?

    Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are worried to take some medication 24 hours before travelling.

Locations

From: Falmouth

To: Falmouth

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