Sail the English Channel with Polly from Guernsey in the Channel Islands to her home port of Portland on the Jurassic Coast.
Sail with Pilot Cutter Polly Agatha across the English Channel as she spends three days sailing from Guernsey to Portland on the stunning Jurassic Coast.
Starting in Guernsey’s capital of St Peter’s Port is a lovely way to begin your sailing holiday. This sweet waterside town has been voted as one of Europes prettiest harbours and has even won the RHS Britain in Bloom award – not surprisingly the island is well known for its flower growing.
From Guernsey begin your journey across the Channel with a stop off on the island of Alderney, the third-largest Channel island known for its rich and varied wildlife and home to the largest population of Glanville Fritillary butterflies in the British Isles, the rare blonde hedgehog, huge colonies of northern gannets and puffins nesting offshore. Colour washed houses, cobbled streets and welcoming restaurants make up the sweet main town of St Anne’s, known for its good hospitality.
Leaving Alderney behind, you will sail across the English Channel and Polly is the perfect boat to make such a crossing. Originally made to cross the Bristol Channel to transport Pilots to and from the land, Pilot Cutters are designed to take their crews out into the wildest seas and keep them safe and as comfortable as possible. Polly will obviously aim to cross the Channel in the best conditions possible but it’s good to know you’re in safe hands!
As you approach the mainland, look out for Portland Bill Lighthouse on the horizon. This marks your final destination and as you approach, get the binoculars out to soak up the dramatic white cliff lines of the Dorset coast.
All meals and hot/soft drinks are included in your ticket price.
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Guest berths: 6 Rig: Gaff Cutter
Polly Agatha was built in 2008 and her design was based on the classic design of the original “Peggy”, a Bristol Pilot Cutter. Pilot Cutters were designed to take their crews out into the wildest seas and keep them safe and as comfortable as possible. At the end of their era, it is not surprising that so many vessels became private yachts and their design is still being used to this day for sailing and charter yachts.
Externally Polly Agatha remains much in line with the design of the original Peggy with the traditional lines of a pilot cutter. Internally, however, Polly Agatha is fitted out with a beautiful modern interior and equipped with all the latest technology ensuring her guests’ optimum comfort.
She spends her sailing season exploring the beautiful Channel Islands, The Solent and sailing over the English Channel to the French coast for the maritime festivals of Paimpol and Brest and Douarnenez.
Currently based in Portland, Polly Agatha has been sailing these waters for the last decade and her owner and skipper Mark knows the area well. The white cliffs of the beautiful Jurassic coastline are the perfect backdrop for sailing Polly. Spending her life so far as a charter vessel, she always has her guests in mind and her accommodation is well considered. Mark and his crew will give you a totally relaxed holiday experience and encourage you to be actively involved, showing you the ropes and sharing their maritime knowledge.
Deck planMore about Polly Agatha
- Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price except one evening per trip where guests can eat onshore (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
- What language is spoken onboard?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Polly Agatha has one private double cabin and 4 single berths in a bunk bed formation in a shared cabin. There are a further two single bunks in the saloon.
- How many toilet/showers does she have?
Polly Agatha has two bathrooms
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
- Is there an age limit?
There is no age limit for private charters but please check for scheduled voyages.
- Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, there are 12V USB cigarette lighter points available at all times. 240V standard socket charging is available when Escape is hooked up to shore power or when the generator is on.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are Waterproofs provided?
Yes, Mark has some available.
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.
- 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.
From: St Peter's Port, Guernsey
To: Portland, Dorset