Smuggler’s Run Sailing from Cornwall
- Vessel: Grayhound
- Where: Cornwall/France
- Duration: 3 days
- Embark: Falmouth, Cornwall - 8 October 2023, 14:00
- Disembark: Douarnenez, France - 10 October 2023, 11:00
Become part of the crew as you sail Cornish lugger Grayhound on a smugglers cargo run from Cornwall to France!
Join replica Cornish lugger Grayhound in the maritime port of Falmouth, Cornwall as she offers a hands-on sailing adventure. Sail with the crew on a smugglers run from Falmouth to Douarnenez as Grayhound delivers cargo as her ancestors would’ve done some 250 years ago.
This voyage is perfect for those who want to learn about sailing an 18th-century Cornish lugger while experiencing some open water sailing. Get to grips with a traditional rig and the crew welcome guests with an immersive lugger sailing experience. There is no sailing experience necessary but a good attitude and a hands-on sense of adventure are a must!
- Cargo delivery run
- Good level of fitness required
- Traditional Wooden Boat
- Open Saloon sleeping
- Perfect for adventurers
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
Your Sailing Area
Cornwall to France
You will not get closer than this to experiencing the life of traditional wooden boat sailing. This sailing holiday adventure is a unique chance to partake in an eco-cargo delivery of wine, beer, clothes or other dry merchandise. Just like the luggers 250 years ago Grayhound will deliver merchandise of high demand from one country to another cross Channel – the only difference is that, Grayhound of today, carries a cargo license!
Sail through one of the busiest sailing and shipping channels in the world as you take it in turns with fellow guests and crew to take watch. This Smugglers Run is a fully immersive experience as you help the crew load the cargo at Falmouth, sail across the channel to make port at the other side and unload.
We advise that guests need to be physically fit and in good health.
Sailing with lugger Grayhound is one of true authenticity as the crew sail her as she once would’ve been sailed in the 18th century. With an all hands on deck approach, Grayhound and her crew provide a safe and supported environment for guests to really get to grips with sailing a Cornish lugger. They also sail as sustainably as possible, with a care for the environment and the natural marine world at the forefront of everything they do. From an adopted vegetarian menu (unless of course, it can be sustainably fished or hunted), to traditional tender gigs rowed by the crew, it’s clear to see that sustainable travel and adventure is an important part of sailing with Grayhound.
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Guest berths: 12 Rig: Lugger
Grayhound is a three-masted, wooden tall ship Lugger who was first launched in 2012. She is a a 5/6th scale replica of the original “Grayhound” who was built in Cornwall in 1776 and used as a Customs Lugger. Under new ownership, she nows resides primarily in Douarnenez, France but certainly still loves to explore the seven seas.
True to her original ancestors, Grayhound has been traditionally built with her rigging the same as you’d find it back in 1776. Her owners relish the opportunity to give guests a true and exhilarating sailing experience, taking them back in time for a truly fascinating sailing holiday adventure. Sailing with Grayhound is a hands-on experience and guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing this unique 18th century style Lugger.
Below decks, the traditional fit out continues but with considered spaces and a few more mod-cons. A communal saloon area sleeps 5 guests with a further five berths available in the fore cabin. A generous galley, two heads and a shower ensure guests comfort after a good days sailing.
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LIFE ON BOARD
One of traditional hands-on sailing and sustainable adventure travel. Sailing with Cornish Lugger Grayhound is perfect for those looking to get to grips with sailing a traditionally rigged, classic wooden vessel.
Grayhound is run and sailed as sustainably as possible, with a care for the environment and the natural marine world at the forefront of everything she does. From an adopted vegetarian menu (unless of course, it can be sustainably fished or hunted), to traditional tender gigs rowed by the crew, it’s clear to see that sustainable travel and adventure is an important part of sailing with Grayhound.
Sailed with a full time crew, Grayhound mixes her sailing season with sheltered coastal sailing, open water sailing and some aptly named “smugglers runs”. Although she has a permanent crew, guests are encouraged to get involved to hoist the sails by hand and to feel the power of the wind in the tiller. Learn basic rope and knot work or even learn to row in the gig tenders – another nod to the ship’s ancestral history!
SLEEPING AND RELAXATION
A pilot house at deck level gives a versatile space from chart navigation, daytime shelter if needed and the perfect place for a cosy night watch.
Below decks there is a collection of various berths tucked into the hull, with four bunks situated off the main saloon and a further six berth bunks in the fore. The spaces are generous and there are two toilets on board for guests. There is a shower for emergencies but guests are encouraged to use marina showers or even consider jumping in the sea – an invigorating, free bath!
There is a communal eating area with a wide hatch so guests can star-gaze while eating deliciously cooked food. In warmer climates, guests and crew can eat alfresco up on the generous deck.
The galley is at the heart of both Grayhound itself and her owners.
Designed to be an efficient and inspiring workspace for the chef making meals a highlight of the voyage. Grayhound has a great tradition of using fresh produce and of foraging, producing wholesome meals inspired by local cuisine and maritime traditions. She serves only healthy, organic, vegetarian food. For many good reasons the meals on the ship are mostly vegetarian (unless it is caught by line from the boat!). Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and a wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
What’s not included
- Wash and/or swim towel
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We are primarily a vegetarian (not vegan) ship. Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible. We have a well-equipped galley where we cook healthy, tasty and sustainable food.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
10x single berths in the saloon and the fore cabin. (some can be made into "doubles")
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets. There is a shower on board but we use it as little as possible because we have a limited water supply. We tend to use the showers ashore in the marinas that we visit. There is plenty of seawater for bucket-showers on deck or for a nice morning swim around the ship. Bring biodegradable wet wipes to keep clean. You will be amazed on how fresh you feel at sea!
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
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: Falmouth, Cornwall
To: Douarnenez, France
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
How to get there…
There are direct trains with Great Western Railway to Truro from starting routes of Plymouth, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington. Once at Truro station you will need to change onto the Maritime line to Falmouth Town Station.
The quickest way into the county during the spring/summer months, Newquay Airport requires taking either a taxi to Truro Train Station for the onward rail travel, or a taxi direct to Falmouth.
Flights go to Birmingham (BHX), Edinburgh (EDI), London Heathrow (LHR), Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle (NCL) with Air France and KLM from Brest Airport (BES).
Brest Airport (BES) is 3-4 hours on public transport from Douarnenez. Travel to Porte De Gouesnou by the no. 20 bus operated by Bibus – Brest métropole océane, then travel on to Liberté, then catch an SNCF train to Quimper and then finally an SNCF bus to Douarnenez.