Sailing from Brixham to Plymouth aboard a traditional trawler for the annual British Firework Championships.
Join Pilgrim of Brixham as she sails down the Devon coast to Plymouth for the annual British Fireworks Championship Cruise.
Your 6-day adventure will start and end in the historic fishing port of Brixham. Brixham is often referred to as the ‘mother of trawling’ as it was at the heart of the development of the sailing trawler and is still England’s most productive fishing port to this day. It is as bustling now as it was then and the harbour is still characterised by quaint colourful fishermen’s cottages and scores of fishing boats.
Sailing out around Berry Head, along the stunning South Devon coast and possibly stopover in Dartmouth or Salcombe. Alternatively, we may anchor off Blackpool or Slapton Sands and have a beach barbecue before sailing into the Plymouth Sound to find our vantage point for the fireworks displays. There will be time for trips ashore and we’ll likely cruise up the River Tamar past the Royal Naval Dockyard and under Brunel’s famous railway bridge.
Fireworks on a boat are a unique sailing experience. You get to see the whole show from your own boat with a berth on-site and you can enjoy it with a lovely group of people. Add in a superb sailing holiday and it’s an unbeatable experience.
Once the shows are over there will be a leisurely sail back to Brixham over three days and will try to check out places we passed on the way down. The scenery is simply stunning and there’s wonderful marine wildlife along the way. A British Fireworks Championship Cruise is a superb way to combine a fabulous sailing holiday with one of the best events in the Devon summer season.
Pilgrim of Brixham
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.
The Pilgrim Story
After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.
Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.
Deck planMore about Pilgrim of Brixham
- What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 8 berths in the main saloon, with 4 in a cabin at the front of the ship, and 4 at the back (these are usually crew bunks)
- What language is spoken on board?
- Are meals included?
Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.
- 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 they know how to or not.