Explore the wonderful coast of Devon with a sailing weekend on a classic boat. Perfect for those wanting to get to grips with life under sail.
The South coast of Devon is the perfect location for a short sailing break on a traditional classic yacht. Join Escape in the beautiful harbour-side town of Dartmouth as you soak up the coastline, anchor in secluded river mouths and get to grips with sailing on Escape.
Setting the sails
Setting sail from Escape’s home port of Dartmouth, this beautiful yacht 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, Escape’s crew will cater for all ages and abilities. Skipper Andy has a truly relaxed nature and is always happy to share his knowledge, from learning knot tying to chart reading, you won’t be disappointed!
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 Escape 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 may 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 at the pretty waterside town of Salcombe, bustling with friendly locals, traditional fishing vessels, cobbled streets and artisan shops. Perhaps you’ll make it to the tranquil river of Yealm for serene anchoring.
Devon – AONB
Heading 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, Escape 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. From Brixham, Escape may take you up to Torquay and round the headland to Babbacombe, a stunning cove with crystal clear waters and, when the sun shines, an almost Mediterranean feel.
Andy prides himself on the food served aboard Escape, with a delicious selection of meals all included in the price. With croissants, cream teas, cheese boards and fresh bread, you won’t be going hungry after an exhilarating day sailing on this stunning classic yacht.
Whichever way the wind takes you, this weekend on a classic yacht won’t disappoint. With beautiful anchorages, amazing food and wonderful sailing, this is a delightfully different way to spend a weekend.
As with all Escape’s sailing holidays, your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks and Soft Drinks. There are two single bunks in the saloon and a double bed in the fore cabin. The double bed cabin does have access to the toilet so please note that this is not a private cabin. There is a single toilet and washroom on board but no shower. Escape will stop every day to use onshore showers in yacht clubs. 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!
|Voyage||Set Sail||Days||Cost p/p|
|Easter Sailing in Devon||15 April 2022||3||£340||Enquire now|
|Sailing the South Coast of Devon||14 May 2022||2||£255||Enquire now|
|Taster Sailing in South Devon||3 June 2022||3||£340||Enquire now|
|Sailing the South Devon Coast||8 July 2022||4||£510||Enquire now|
|Sailing the South Devon Coast||15 July 2022||4||£510||Enquire now|
|Sailing the South Devon Coast||30 July 2022||4||£510||Enquire now|
|Sailing the South Devon Coast||19 August 2022||4||£510||Enquire now|
|Summer Sailing in Devon||26 August 2022||4||£510||Enquire now|
|Classic Sailing in South Devon||9 September 2022||3||£340||Enquire now|
Guest berths: 4 Rig: Gaff Yawl
Escape is a 43-foot wooden classic gaff yawl built-in 1937 by Kristensen in Norway. She was originally designed by Colin Archer as a sailing lifeboat but was refined to make her slightly smaller and easier to sail by her owners.
Today, her owner and skipper Andy sails his guests around the west country, from Escape’s home port of Dartmouth all the way down the Devon exploring Salcombe & Yealm or Torbay and Brixham. She’s the perfect vessel for a family holiday or for a group of friends after something a little different – and with great food and drink included in the price, a sailing holiday on Escape won’t be forgotten!
Andy and his crew will give you a totally relaxed sailing holiday experience but if and when you do want to be involved, they are more than happy to share their knowledge and show you the ropes!More about Escape
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Escape has two single berths and one double berth for guests in an open cabin arrangement. There are seat berths available as extras for children/family bookings if necessary.
Are bedding and towels included?
Yes, all bedding and towels are provided.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Escape has one toilet. She will harbour every evening to use yacht club showers.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Is there an age limit?
Ideally 5+ but this can depend on experience - please check in with the office.
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, Andy 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.
Parking in Dartmouth can be tricky. For overnight parking it’s recommend to find parking in residential roads (Mount Boone, Crescent) at the top of the town but please be aware we cannot guarantee space or car safety.
Dartmouth is about 15 minutes to reach the pontoon if you park near Mount Boone. Again, if you have any problems please do not hesitate to phone Andy either before or on the day; he has a great knowledge of the local area!
The nearest train station to Dartmouth is Totnes, which is accessible by trains travelling from the South West, London and Birmingham. Journeys on to Dartmouth can then be made by bus (see below), taxi or boat down the River Dart.
There are a number of bus routes operating in and around Dartmouth and from Totnes. The principal bus operator is Stagecoach South West; more details on Stagecoach can be found here – https://www.stagecoachbus.com/