Sail with Bessie Ellen as she explores the islands of Denmark and experiences the traditional Danish Apple Harvest.
Sailing days may get shorter at this time of year but there is still plenty to enjoy out on the water in Scandinavia on Bessie Ellen. Denmark is a perfect Autumn break to get out and experience wonderful flat water sailing, delightful islands and the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Danish.
Rich in culture and heritage, Copenhagen starts off the last voyage of the year in a sensational way. From our berth in Amaliehaven, take a short walk for an early morning coffee and a Danish pastry in the picturesque Nyhavn. The most colourful street in the city of Copenhagen with architectural delights dating back to the 17th century where cafes line the canal replete with old wooden sailing ships.
Apart from Jutland, Denmark is entirely made up of hundreds of islands both large and small. Copenhagen is on the largest island of Sjaelland with our final destination of Svendborg on the island of Fyn. The variety and individuality of all the other islands make this voyage a real favourite with guests and crew.
Samsoe, famous for its organic agriculture offers a welcome stop to hire bikes and discover the island for yourself. Be sure to sample the local potatoes – they are seriously good! Equally, it may be the stunning and remote island of Bornholm out in the East or the smaller island of Aero renowned for its seafaring and shipbuilding, that captures your heart. The easy pace of life in Aero makes both the main town of Aeroskobing and Marstal a perfect way to spend a few days.
Each year at the end of the sailing season, the Maritime Center in Svendborg organises a collection of tall ships and traditional sailing vessels to meet on the islands of Tassinge where the islands collect the harvest of apples from the orchards to deliver to a chosen vessel. After a good knees-up of traditional food and music, the following day, the ships race with the apple cargo back to the wooden quays in the historic port of Svendborg. Traditionally, townsfolk have always come to sample and trade some of the finest apples in the land along with other agricultural goods. A truly unique and heartwarming way to end your sailing holiday.
As with all Bessie Ellen’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Drinks. Curtained bunk berths are int he spacious shared open saloon below decks with bedding provided – you just need to bring your own towel.
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!
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|2021 Autumn Scandinavian Sailing and Apple Harvest||2 October 2021||7||£980||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
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.
- Are meals included?
Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!
- Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know at the time of enquiry
- Do I need to bring bedding or towels?
All your bedding (duvet and pillow) is provided but please bring your own towels (washing and/or swimming)
- What language is spoken on board?
English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing
- How many toilets/showers does she have?
Bessie Ellen has two toilets/showers for guests.
- Is there WIFI?
No, but you will be able to reach 3/4G when you are close to land.
- Is there age limit?
No, but we advise over 16's for scheduled voyages as there is an open saloon sleeping arrangement. There is no limit for private charter.
- Can I charge my phone or camera?
Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.
- Are there life jackets provided?
- Are waterproofs available?
No. Please bring your own. There are a few spare for emergencies only.
- 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 the know how to or not.
- Do I have to do watches?
During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.
- Will there be time to get off the boat?
Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.
- Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently but we recommend if you are worried to take some medication 24 hours before travelling.