Devon Sailing Weekend
- Vessel: Our Daddy
- Where: Devon
- Duration: 2 days
- Embark: Dartmouth - 16 May 2020, 10:00
- Disembark: Dartmouth, Devon - 17 May 2020, 16:00
Climb aboard this historic lugger to soak up the sights of the beautiful south Devon coast and its tradtional seaside villages.
This short sailing trip is a great way to experience sailing a classic boat whilst getting the best views of the south Devon coastline.
Setting sail from Our Daddy’s home port of Dartmouth, this beautifully restored lugger will take you out to open water before letting the wind dictate which way you’ll head along the coast. Either way, it’s an amazing way of exploring Devon’s coastline. You’ll have plenty of chance to go ashore and discover much-loved seaside towns, as well as experience the coastline from the sea, offering a unique perspective of the county. Whether you’re a seasoned solo sailor or a group looking to do something a bit different with your weekend, Our Daddy’s crew will cater for all ages and abilities.
The crew are from the area, and have been sailing these waters for years – so they know the best places to anchor, the most beautiful areas to sail past and the prettiest towns to visit. Dartmouth in itself is a beautifully picturesque harbour town, so make sure you allow a little time before joining Our Daddy to wander through the narrow streets and discover what it’s got to offer. After heading out of the River Dart to the open sea, you will most likely head west down the Devon coast. This could see you 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!). Moor overnight at the pretty waterside town of Salcombe, bustling with friendly locals, traditional fishing vessels, cobbled streets and artisan shops.
If the wind requires Our Daddy to sail east up the coast, you could sail past one of Devon’s many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Berry Head. With porpoises and dolphins often playing in ships’ wake, make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled on the water as well as on the land for the native seabirds – guillemots, kittiwakes, kestrels and gulls. Past Berry Head, Our Daddy may stop at Brixham – home to the fabulous Pilgrim Of Brixham and a wealth of maritime history. Aside from Pilgrim, Brixham welcomes many other classic and traditional vessels to its harbour, and you can be transported back in time by the scene of wooden vessels moored in front of picture-perfect pastel fishermen’s cottages.
Skippers Steve and Tim pride themselves on the food served aboard Our Daddy, with a delicious selection of meals all included in the price. From croissants to cream teas, tapas boards and fresh bread, you won’t be going hungry after an exhilarating day sailing on this stunning historic lugger.
With beautiful anchorages, amazing food and wonderful sailing, this is a delightfully different way to spend a weekend.
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.
To: Dartmouth, Devon