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Bubble boat holidays in Cornwall

  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Embark: Fowey - 7 May 2021, 10:00
  • Disembark: Fowey - 9 May 2021, 16:00
Whole boat charter for one household (max 8 people)£3,600 £900.00

Sail with classic ship Bessie Ellen this spring as she offers guests bespoke sailing holidays for bubble private charter.

Join one of the last remaining working historic vessels, Bessie Ellen, for a sailing holiday in Cornwall with Fowey as the perfect starting point for your adventure sailing holiday.

Bessie Ellen’s voyages are not “set in stone”. She is flexible for private charter sailings from April 12th to the 17th of May 2021. Perfect for bubble groups or families, Bessie Ellen is offering bespoke sailing holidays for 2 nights and 3 day weekends or longer breaks of 5-7 days if required. Inline with government guidance, we can only sail with one household over night during this time.

No experience is needed to climb aboard! The professional and experienced crew will teach you all you need to know. Hoist her sails, take the helm, try your hand at navigation or just kick back, relax, and take in the views – the choice is yours. A sailing weekend away will give you all the space you need with sea views every day and the best way to explore Cornwall and avoid the crowds and traffic.

These private bubble sailing holidays are all-inclusive. That means no cooking or cleaning with all your meals and a full crew with tuition included in the ticket price. Expect hearty home-cooked meals after a salty day sailing the coast and Bessie Ellen is known for her fantastic food onboard!

Where you sail will be dependant on the weather and tides but we can work with the skipper to create a bespoke itinerary. Perhaps explore Falmouth River and anchor at Trelissick to explore the protected woodland or sail across the bay to the Helford River as you get to grips with sailing this beautiful vessel. For longer voyages, you could venture further down the coast to Coverack or even make the crossing to the Isles of Scilly. The choice really is yours!

Simply click the “Enquire Now” button to see where Bessie Ellen could take you.

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.

Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda, Norway, and Demark, 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.

More about Bessie Ellen


  • 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 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 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?


  • 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.


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