Devon Coast Sailing Explorer
- Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
- Where: Devon
- Duration: 5 days
- Embark: Plymouth - 19 September 2020, 12:00
- Disembark: Brixham - 23 September 2020, 12:00
Enjoy 5 days to kick back, relax and cruise the coast of Devon onboard the magnificent Pilgrim of Brixham.
This 5 day cruise offers a great introduction to sailing a traditional ship – and with her red sails, rich heritage and classic tiller, Pilgrim of Brixham is the perfect ship to do it on. You’ll be able to explore the South Devon coastline, with quintessential seaside towns such as Dartmouth and Salcombe or perhaps Yealm on the list of potential stops. Whilst you’ll be able to explore land on this trip, you will develop your sea legs with a unique sailing experience. The crew will literally show you the ropes and encourage you to get stuck in and experience first hand traditional classic boat sailing.
You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!
Points of Interest during your Devon Taster Sailing Experience:
Depart from the historic port of Plymouth with its naval dockyard, Barbican Quarter and the delightful Plymouth Hoe with its stunning views out over the Sound and the home of Smeeton’s Tower.
Salcombe has a beautiful harbour set in a stunning natural environment designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Despite becoming a vibrant, busy little town, Salcombe still manages to retain its unique Devon charm! Its history is intrinsically linked with the sea, and until about 100 years ago, the people of Salcombe earned their living solely from the estuary and the sea. Fishing, seafaring, boat and later shipbuilding were the main occupations, but smuggling and even piracy meant that settlements were not built at the water’s edge but further inland to keep their location a secret.
Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded on the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The Start Point lighthouse was built in 1836 to warn ships off Start Point. It is 92 feet high and its warning light flashes every 5 seconds. If you revisit on land, the lighthouse is open to the public with guided tours between Easter and October showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.
Sail past Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home. We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.
Once arriving back into Pilgrims hometown of Brixham, a picture-postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermen’s cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.
If travelling to Plymouth by car, your ticket price includes a transfer back from Brixham to Plymouth.
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
- 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)
- What language is spoken on board?
- Are meals included?
Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.
- 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.