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Channel Coasts and Islands Short Break

  • Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
  • Where: Devon
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Embark: Brixham, Devon - 3 September 2019, 12:00
  • Disembark: Brixham, Devon - 10 September 2019, 12:00
Single berth£749 £187

Spend a week cruising on this historical ship as the weather and Pilgrim’s passengers dictates her journey. Devon, Cornwall, the Channel Isles or Brittany – you decide.

Over the eight days on board Pilgrim, you may visit Dorset, Devon Cornwall, the Channel Islands or Brittany. The route sailed will depend on what guests choose, the weather, and the tides – this is a real adventure.

Whichever route chosen, you’ll explore the English Channel from the ship, looking out at the dramatic coastline and watching for all manner of marine life that may accompany you along the way. The ports visited will all vary, but are all wonderful, and remember to pack your passport in case we cross over to French soil. Potential stops will include Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth and Fowey – as well as Alderney, the northernmost Channel Isle and Brittany. With different cultures, histories and atmosphere, this voyage is certain to be one of discovery – of both amazing places and exceptional sailing.

As well as exploring different harbour towns and ports, you’ll have the chance to get really hands on with traditional sailing – perhaps even lending a hand in a Channel crossing! The skipper will endeavour to provide great sailing, but that is suitable for those who are still searching for their sea legs. You’ll be plied with freshly prepared hot meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks all included in the price of your holiday, and Pilgrim’s skipper and crew will show you the ropes and make sure you’re having a great time.

Your voyage will depart from the town that has been home to Pilgrim since she was built in 1895 – Brixham. This trip obviously doesn’t have a set in stone itinerary, however you might head west around Berry Head and set sail toward Dartmouth, Slapton Sands and onwards to south-west Devon and Cornwall. There’ll be an option to sail east across to Portland, Poole or perhaps the Isle of Wight, or to head south, across the channel and out to Alderney, Jersey or Guernsey and onwards to Brittany.

This trip is slightly more unusual than some of our others – in a great way. Your journey will be dictated by your wants, the weather and tides, so it may not be possible to reach everywhere mentioned, but the crew will endeavour to give our guests what they want!


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Channel Coasts and Islands Short Break20 August 20198FULLFull
Channel Coasts and Islands Short Break3 September 20198£749Enquire now
Channel Coasts and Islands Short Break27 September 20196FULLFull

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.

More 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.


From: Brixham, Devon

To: Brixham, Devon