Climb aboard this traditional Brixham Trawler as she takes part in her home town’s Heritage Regatta, marvelling at traditional vessels and racing with them.
This three-day cruise is a great way to spend a weekend and experience a traditional heritage regatta on a Brixham trawler.
The Brixham Heritage Regatta can be traced back to the 1800s when local trawlers raced annually in Torbay. Things became more official when King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup to the winning vessel in 1914, and racing continued on a yearly basis between classic Brixham trawlers until the war. The war ended the racing, and with sailing trawlers being retired the tradition seemed to have died, until 1997 when a group of enthusiasts revived it.
Pilgrim of Brixham will take you to see these exhilarating races and you won’t get a better vantage point! Pilgrim will take part in the race events with a, “it’s the taking part that counts”, attitude! Whether you’re a seasoned solo sailor or a group looking to do something a bit different with your weekend, Pilgrim’s crew will cater for all ages and abilities.
The crew are from the area and have been sailing these waters for years, so have a good knowledge of the coastline. Heading east up the coast, you’ll sail past on of Devon’s many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Berry Head. With porpoises and dolphins often playing in ships’ wake, make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled on the water as well as on the land for the native seabirds – guillemots, kittiwakes, kestrels and gulls.
So with good food, amazing views, wildlife watching and a Traditional Regatta thrown into the mix; this is a weekend not to be missed!
Pilgrim of Brixham
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.
The Pilgrim Story
After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.
Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.
Deck planMore about Pilgrim of Brixham
- Are meals included?
Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when booking.
- What language is spoken on board?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 8 berths in the main saloon, with 4 in a cabin at the front of the ship, and 4 at the back (these are usually crew bunks)
- Is there an age limit?
Preferably no under 8's on scheduled voyages but please check with us. There are no age limits on private charters.
- 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 they know how to or not.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Two for guests
- 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 12v chargers.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
There are some for emergencies but please bring your own.
- 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.