Join a historic Cornish Lugger as she sails from Dartmouth down the coast to the fishing village of Mousehole ready for the Sea, Salts and Sail Festival.
Join Our Daddy from her current home town of Dartmouth on the South Devon. Set on the banks of the picturesque River Dart, Dartmouth is a beautifully picturesque harbour town, bustling with friendly locals, fresh produce markets and oozing in history and eclectic architecture. After heading out of the River Dart to the open sea, you will head west down the Devon coast sailing past Blackpool and on to Slapton Sands and Slapton Ley – the largest freshwater lake in the south-west (and bird spotters – bring your cameras!).
Depending on the wind and weather the itinerary is not set but you will probably stop the night at Fowey and then Falmouth with the chance to go ashore and explore these bustling Cornish harbour towns. Round the Lizard headland before sailing across Mounts Bay to reach your destination of Mousehole.
The weekend of your arrival in Mouseholesees the bi-annual Sea, Salts and Sail Festival take place. Why not stay and take in the scores of historic vessels assemble in and around the picturesque harbour to celebrate Cornwall’s rich maritime heritage. This unique event recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era when Tom Bawcock and his famous Mousehole Cat would have fished these waters. Wooden hulls, spars, topsails and canvas are framed against the majestic beauty of Mounts Bay, transporting visitors back in time. Classic boats from the Cornish coast and as far as Brittany flock to this waterside village making for a spectacular maritime weekend re-creating the sights and smells of what was once so important to this vibrant fishing port.
On land sees Mousehole come alive with a weekend full of musical entertainment and merriment with food and market stalls lining the harbour walls. A full entertainment list can be found here. There’s poetry, storytelling, wood and stone-carving and young mariners can also make traditional craft models and then race them in the harbour water – an event that causes much fun, noise and laughter. a beautifully sourced photographic display also captures village life from the 1800s to the present day.
Whether you’re a seasoned solo sailor or a family looking to do something a bit different with your weekend, Our Daddy can cater for all ages and abilities and is the perfect boat to learn the ropes or simply sit back and enjoy the view.
Tim and Steve have been sailing this coast for years and used to run their own sailing school so you couldn’t be in safer hands. They also pride themselves on the food served aboard, with a delicious Tapas style lunches, endless Tea or Coffee, cake and biscuits included in the price. They certainly won’t leave you going hungry!
As with all of Our Daddy’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Soft Drinks. There are six berths in the shared fore cabin with a shower and toilet located off the saloon area. All cabins have bedding and towels provided.
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!
Guest berths: 6 Rig: Lugger
Built in Looe in 1921, Our Daddy was the last fishing lugger built of its type. Since leaving her fishing roots behind and becoming a charter vessel in the 1970s, she has since been renovated again and her rich history realised in 2017 when she was awarded a place on the very prestigious National Historic Ships register and awarded regional flagship of the year.
Now based in the lovely seaside town of Dartmouth, Devon, Our Daddy is proudly owned by friends Tim and Steve who operate her exclusively as a charter vessel; a much more relaxed approach than to her previous working life! Offering day experiences, long weekend or week-long charters, events and even some filming work, Our Daddy provides a perfect base if you want to learn more about life on the water or simply want to experience something new and relax aboard a ship full of maritime history.
From day sails out of her hometown along the Devon coast to a crossing over the English Channel to the Channel Islands and even France; you’ll be in safe hands with Skippers Tim and Steve who are both RYA instructors and have a wealth of knowledge and experience on the water. Not only just a sailing experience, holidays on Our Daddy offer views of unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food all included in the price.
Tim and Steve look forward to welcoming you aboard Our Daddy and hope you enjoy the experience of sailing aboard this boat of Cornish Fishing history.
More about Our Daddy
- Are all meals included?
Yes all meals are included on board (breakfast, lunch, dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
- What language is spoken onboard?
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
Our Daddy has 6 berths in a shared cabin
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to pick up 3G/4G signal from the land. Please make sure if travelling abroad, that your phone is set up for international/European calling.
- How many showers/toilets does she have?
Our Daddy has one combined toilet and shower cubicle.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are there waterproofs provided?
Yes but feel free to bring your own if you wish.
- Will I be seasick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend taking tablets 24 hours before departure if you have any concerns.
- Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure.