Falmouth Classics & Sea Shanty Sailing
- Vessel: Escape
- Where: Falmouth, Cornwall
- Duration: 4 days
- Embark: Falmouth - 17 June 2022, 10:00
- Disembark: Falmouth - 20 June 2022, 10:00
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Sail and race with Escape as she takes part in the iconic Falmouth Classics Regatta and Sea Shanty Festival.
Hop aboard classic boat Escape in Cornwall’s maritime capital of Falmouth as the town and harbour comes alive for the annual Falmouth Classics and Sea Shanty Festival. This adventure sailing holiday in Falmouth is perfect for those wanting to immerse themselves into life on a traditional wooden yacht while soaking in the festivities ashore.
- Skippered sailing
- Coastal exploration
- Perfect for beginners
- Great for families
YOUR SAILING AREA
The maritime hotspot for Cornwall, it’s easy to see why Falmouth Bay is one of the top sailing destinations in the UK. With sheltered river creeks, bustling harbours and stunning coastline where ancient woodland meets the sea, sailing in Falmouth is perfect for the adventure traveller.
This voyage is timed perfectly for the annual Falmouth Classics festival that sees hundreds of classic boats sail from all over UK and Europe to take part in the friendly races before harbouring together in the marina to share sea faring tales and explore the towns lively Sea Shanty festival.
Falmouth Classics began in the early 1980s and has since become one of Falmouth’s most popular weekends. Attracting people from all over the world, traditional and classic ships arrive to race in the mouth of the River Fal, Carrick Roads and the beautiful Falmouth Bay. From classic yachts to traditional luggers – the harbour is filled with beautiful classics, exhilarating races and a fascinating parade of sail. See Falmouth Classics for its full sailing programme and weekend itinerary.
Onshore in Falmouth town you’ll be entertained on every street corner and pub as the International Sea Shanty Festival takes place alongside Falmouth Classics. Sing along with over 60 musical groups from shores far and wide in over 20 venues around the town. With plenty of ale and rum to quench your thirst, you’ll soon feel compelled to join in with these traditional songs from seafarers of old! See Falmouth Sea Shanty for more information and the weekends’ itinerary.
The excitement is undeniably best seen from the water, however, the atmosphere in the town is not to be missed either. With pop-up maritime stalls, traditional Cornish pubs and cobbled streets; Falmouth will be a great place to soak up the passion for sailing that is so prevalent in the town. The itinerary can be flexible but the intention will be to participate in the races throughout Friday and Saturday with a parade of sail taking place on Sunday. Escape is very much in it for the pleasure and goes by the “it’s the taking part that counts”! Each evening there is entertainment and social events ashore which guests are invited to attend. Saturday normally holds an “open boat” event on the pontoon where you can climb aboard and visit other classic yachts.
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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
Andy prides himself on the food served aboard Escape, with a delicious selection of hearty home-cooked 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. Below decks there are two single bunks set off the saloon with a double bed and toilet in the fore. Above decks there is ample space to sit out, relax and enjoy the views.
Escape’s gaff rig is a traditional but simple set up which makes her a great vessel to learn the ropes on if you’re a beginner. Andy has the highest Ocean Masters training and is a member of the RNLI lifeboat operating out of Dartmouth. His considered and soft approach instantly put guests at ease as he shares his knowledge to teach guests the ways of the water, basic navigation and simple rope work. Escape is a great boat for beginners and small families alike looking for a skippered sailing charter in a safe environment.
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.
(Please let us know if you are arriving into Falmouth the night before, depending on Escape’s location, you may be able to board early for a cheaper nightly charge.)
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 we don’t consider this 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 the local yacht clubs (Andy has good contacts and will organise this for you!). All berths have bedding and towels provided.
What COVID policies are in place for sailing with Escape?
There are currently no Test & Sail policies in place for the 2022 season.
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?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
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.
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
You can leave your car at any of the Long Stay car parks with a weekly or overnight ticket. You can pay using the JustPark app on your phone which can be easier. Try Church Street TR11 3RQ or The Dell TR11 3HP.
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.
STAY IN FALMOUTH:
There are plenty of places to stay in Falmouth. Try The Chain Locker, Cutty Sark Inn or Seaview Inn.