Tallship Sailing in the Isles of Scilly
- Vessel: Blue Clipper
- Where: Falmouth, Cornwall
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Falmouth - 6 August 2024, 14:00
- Disembark: Falmouth - 13 August 2024, 10:00
Discover the sub-tropical archipelago of the Isles of Scilly with a tall ship adventure on Blue Clipper.
Your tall ship sailing holiday aboard Blue Clipper will begin in the maritime port of Falmouth in Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly sit 28 miles off the Cornish coast so Falmouth makes the perfect joining location to begin the crossing over.
The 10-12 hour passage is well worth it but will be entirely weather dependant so the skipper will look for the best weather window. The reward for this hands-on crossing is a tranquil week of island-hopping in some of the clearest, warmest waters the UK has to offer. Discover secret places on sandy shores and experience the charming history of the UK’s most southerly archipelago.
- Skippered sailing
- Traditionally rigged tallship
- Sub-tropical island hopping
- Wildlife watching
- Great for couples or solo travellers
- Private cabins
- kayaks & SUP’s
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Sample menu
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
Isles of Scilly
Out of the 55 islands, just 5 are inhabited and each has its own distinct character. From the hustle and bustle of the main island of St Mary’s to the resident seabird colonies on Samson, the Isles of Scilly offers something for all ages, abilities and aspirations. Whether you want to sample the local produce of each island or simply find peace in walking the numerous nature trails, exploring this archipelago by boat is the easiest and most fun way to get around.
The main focus of this sailing adventure is to reach the islands. The first day will likely see you sail down the Cornish coast to Newlyn so you are ready to begin your crossing the following day providing the winds are in favour. The wind and weather will determine your route so the skipper and crew will have a better idea of what to expect from the weather as you board.
(Please note, if the weather is not in favour then an alternative sailing plan will be decided to explore the wonders of the coast of Cornwall instead.)
Think secluded coves, white sandy beaches, rocky sea cliffs and a wide variety of different landscapes – from wild and windswept, to sheltered and dotted with palm trees. The sunny and mild weather means you’ll be able to laze about on the beach, enjoy a quiet walk around one of the many uninhabited islands or take a swim in the clearest of waters before returning to the comfort of Maybe for a hearty home-cooked evening meal.
Tresco is home to a beautiful botanical garden, which has some exotic rare plants unable to grow anywhere else in the UK. The beaches of St Martins are some of the best in the world and Bryher is dotted with blue lagoons and rocky outcrops. St Agnes is the art capital of the Scillies with artists studio and artisan cafe’s dotted along the village roads. Dependent on the weather you’ll be able to visit where you like, as each of them are accessible easily by boat.
Read more about sailing in the Isles of Scilly over on our destinations page.
The Isles of Scilly are a haven for wildlife, especially migratory seabirds who often nest here. You’ll most likely encounter seals somewhere along the way as they love the rocky shores, and you may be lucky enough to be joined by dolphins on the voyage to or from Penzance. Puffins are some of the Scillies’ most famous inhabitants, but they’re increasingly rare these days so keep those eyes peeled.
All voyages for Blue Clipper
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Schooner
Built-in Sweden in 1991, tall ship Blue Clipper is an impressive three-masted gaff rig schooner. With a clipper bow, original teak deck and elegant stern, she mixes a traditional tall ship feel with a relatively modern build giving guests an authentic experience with all the mod cons.
She has spent many years sailing all over the world from the Caribbean to the Arctic and is a frequent participant in the European Tall Ship regattas. Originally owned by the Brandy company Hennessy and named ‘Spirit of Hennessey, she appeared in many TV programmes and commercials before being privately bought in the late 90’s.
On deck, she boasts ample space for her guests to become fully immersed in hands-on sailing; heaving the ropes, hoisting the sails, learning ropes skills and even taking the helm. She has 3 kayaks and 3 paddle-boards for guest use while on anchor so you can explore even further inshore.
A spacious saloon, wheelhouse and galley also sit at deck level while below decks has been well-considered with six ensuite cabins a family cabin that sleeps six. All cabins have a porthole for natural light and heating/air conditioning.
Read more about Life on Board Blue Clipper here.
In 2016 she started her new life with her current owner and now spends her summers sailing Scotland and the Hebrides and her autumn months heading south to Spain and Portugal.
Deck planMore about Blue Clipper
Life on board Blue Clipper
Sailing with tall ship Blue Clipper is certainly an enjoyable, hands-on experience and guests are encouraged to get involved with all aspects of sailing this magnificent tall ship. Spending her summers exploring Scotland and the Hebrides and her winters sailing in the Caribbean, Blue Clipper is a luxury tall ship experience. Perfect for couples or solo travellers looking for that added touch of luxury with private en-suite cabins and top-notch all-inclusive food.
From hoisting the sails to taking the helm, the friendly and knowledgable crew are always on hand to show you the ropes. Part of the beauty of sailing with such a magnificent vessel is the opportunity to get involved in a safe and supported environment! The permanent crew are all professionally trained so as much as guest involvement is encouraged, if you just want to sit back and take in the view or are concerned about your physical ability to hoist ropes – there are plenty of other boat jobs such as coiling ropes, preparing lines and keeping watch!
Eating on board
Blue Clipper has a dedicated chef on board too so you don’t have to worry about cooking after a days sailing in the salty sea air. Think locally sourced produce, fresh fish and home-made bread with hearty home-cooked meals and plenty of tea, coffee and cake!
Sleeping and relaxation
Below decks, Blue Clipper has a large comfy saloon perfect for sharing sea-faring tales, hearty home-cooked meals or even a game of cards! Rest up after a day of adventure in your spacious private en-suite cabin. With twin bunks, sailing with Blue Clipper is certainly one of comfort and is the perfect choice for couples or solo travellers.
Blue Clipper has two kayaks and paddleboards on board which guests are welcome to use to explore the nooks and crannies of the coast! There is no extra charge for this and buoyancy vests are also provided.
Read more about what to expect from a typical day and life onboard Blue Clipper.
As with all Blue Clipper’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, soft drinks. There are six ensuite twin cabins with all bedding and towels provided per guest.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Use of boats kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards
What’s not included
- Waterproof coat or trousers
- All flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
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.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
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 when making your booking.
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
6x Twin Ensuite, 1x six-berth family cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
9 in total. All Cabins are Ensuite aside from the six-berth that shares a bathroom.
Is there an age limit?
Over 12's ideally but please check in the over for ages between 12-18 years.
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 EU adaptors.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
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.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
You can leave your car at any of the Long Stay car parks with a weekly or overnight ticket. You can pay using the JustPark app on your phone which can be easier.
- Church Street
- The Dell
- The Quarry
There are direct trains with Great Western Railway to Truro from starting routes of Plymouth, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Once at Truro station you will need to change onto the Maritime line to Falmouth Town Station.
The quickest way into the county during the spring/summer months, Newquay Airport requires taking either a taxi to Truro Train Station for the onward rail travel, or a taxi direct to Falmouth.
STAY IN FALMOUTH:
There are plenty of places to stay in Falmouth. Try;
- The Chain Locker
- Cutty Sark Inn
- Seaview Inn