Brixham Heritage Regatta Sailing
- Vessel: Escape
- Where: Dartmouth, Devon
- Duration: 3 days
- Embark: Dartmouth - 27 May 2023, 11:00
- Disembark: Dartmouth, Devon - 29 May 2023, 16:00
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Climb aboard this stunning classic yacht for a weekend discovering the Brixham Heritage Regatta. Sail to this beautiful port from Dartmouth, marvel at traditional vessels and race them.
The South coast of Devon is the perfect destination for a short sailing break experience on a traditional classic yacht. Join Escape in the beautiful harbour-side town of Dartmouth as you spend the weekend soaking up the coastline, anchoring in secluded river mouths and learning the basics of life onboard a classic boat.
Setting sail from Escape’s home port of Dartmouth, this beautiful yacht will take you out to open water before setting sail for the Brixham Heritage Regatta. 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.
- Skippered sailing
- Brixham Heritage Regatta
- Coastal exploration
- Perfect for beginners
- Great for families
- Sail area & highlights
- Life on board
- Sample menu
- Travel planning
- The boat
- What's included
- Boat schedule
YOUR SAILING AREA
The South Devon, UK
A sailing holiday on the South Devon coast is the perfect introduction to sailing in the UK. With easy travel access from all over the UK, you can hop on a train and be on the coast from London in less than three hours. The whole coastline stretching from Brixham around Start point to Plymouth is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with the harbour towns of Dartmouth, Salcombe, Brixham and the Yealm all oozing in quintessential Devonshire charm and are certainly best accessed by boat. This voyage focusses mainly on the maritime harbour town of Brixham as we sail and celebrate their annual Heritage Regatta. Escape will offer the perfect vantage point for watching these magnificent vessels sailing in and around the harbour, will evening activities abundant ashore.
Brixham Heritage regatta
The Brixham Heritage Regatta can be traced back to the 1800s when local trawlers raced annually in Torbay. Things became more official when King George V presented the Perpetual Challenge Cup to the winning vessel in 1914, and racing continued on a yearly basis between classic Brixham trawlers until the war. The war ended the racing, and with sailing trawlers being retired the tradition seemed to have died, until 1997 when a group of enthusiasts revived it.
Escape will take you to see these exhilarating races and you won’t get a better vantage point! Escape is flexible on itinerary but does intend to take part in the race events with a, “it’s the taking part that counts”, attitude!
All voyages for Escape
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!
Read more about Devon Sailing on Escape on our Journal here.More about Escape
Life on board Escape
Sailing with classic yacht Escape is perfect for those looking to learn about life on the water under the guidance of a very relaxed skipper! All her voyages take place on the South West coast between Devon to Cornwall and this part of the coast provides some great sheltered sailing areas. Escape is a great boat for beginners and small families alike looking for a skippered sailing charter in a safe environment.
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. If you’re familiar with life on the water, then you’ll certainly appreciate the sailing lines of this Colin Archer classic!
Owner and skipper 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 the ways of the water, basic navigation and simple rope work.
Sleeping and Relaxation
Above decks, there is ample space to sit out, relax and enjoy the views. A comfy cushioned cockpit is a great place to sit and watch the landscape go by as you feel the wind in the sails. Below decks there are two single bunks set off the saloon with a double bed and toilet in the fore. A multi fuel stove sits in the saloon for those cooler evenings and a tiny galley is home to a whistling red kettle that is alway bubbling away ready for tea and coffee.
A hearty selection of home-cooked meals are included in the price. With fresh croissants for breakfast, afternoon cake selections and classic dishes such as lasagne or chilli for dinner – you certainly won’t be going hungry after an exhilarating day sailing on this stunning classic yacht.
The double bed cabin does have access to the toilet so please note that we do not 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 inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet) and a wash towel
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
- Offshore sailing jacket for use on the boat
What’s not included
- Swim towel
- All flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
Please read more information on our Insurance guidelines page.
This voyage will not be more than 12miles offshore.
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: Dartmouth, Devon
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
It’s recommended to find parking in the residential roads (Mount Boone & Mount Boone Crescent) at the top of the town. A space or your vehicles safety cannot be guaranteed. Dartmouth waterfront is about a 15 minute walk if you park near Mount Boone.
Dartmouth’s closest train station is Totnes. There are direct trains with Great Western Railway to Totnes from Penzance, Cardiff Central and London Paddington, and Plymouth and Leeds with CrossCountry trains. Once at Totnes Railway Station take a 17 minute taxi ride.
Exeter Airport is the most convenient airport and requires taking a taxi direct to Brixham (approximately 50 minutes).
STAY IN DARTMOUTH:
There are plenty of places to stay in Dartmouth. Try Royal Castle, Browns Hotel or Bayards Cove Inn.