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Sailing South – Passage to Cornwall

  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Port: Oban
  • Where: Scotland
  • Departure: 7 September 2019, 15:00
  • Arrival: 16 September 2019, 10:00
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Ocean passages
  • Wildlife
Single Berth£980 £245

As the evenings draw in, this is Bessie’s cue to head back south,down the north channel, passing the Clyde and onward to the dramatic Cornish coast.

For those aiming to get away from it all and experience a working passage aboard a traditional vessel, then this is a wonderful opportunity to take the chance to do something really different. You will help the crew stand watches, carry out logbook duties and help with traditional skilled maintenance – even baking the bread. Each watch is 4 hours long with 8 hours rest in between – this includes night watches.

On leaving the North Channel, Bessie heads south-west towards the Isle Of Man and the harbour at Peel. This is an ideal first stop on the route to Cornwall, and one of the purposes of the visit will be to stock up on kippers which have been produced in Peel since at least the 19th Century.

As ‘Man’ slips astern we will head on towards St George’s Channel, past the mountains of Mourne, which sweep down to the sea. Depending on the weather, The route is dependent on weather but usually sees Bessie keeping close to the Irish shores, to visit Port Oriel, Howth or Wicklow, with the final longer passage across the Celtic Sea towards Cornwall.

In the closing stages of the voyage, our ship will endeavour to call in at St Mary’s, on the gorgeous Isles of Scilly, before setting the final course for home, passing the infamous Wolf Rock Lighthouse and Lands End.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing South – Passage to Cornwall7 September 201910£980Enquire now

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 and the Canary Islands, and not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food. While enjoying all of this you will also be able to feel smug about having such an environmentally friendly holiday, as Nikki tries to be as green as possible in every aspect of her journeys – everything down to providing guests with toiletries that are microbead free, and so don’t harm the marine life.

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

  • Total number of berths : 20
  • Guest berths : 12
  • Day trips in sheltered waters : 60 (maximum)
  • Day trips offshore : 12
  • Reception/party on deck : 90
  • Luxury dinner in saloon : 32
  • Buffet in saloon : 40 (maximum)
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From: Oban

To: Newlyn