Spring Sailing with Lugger Grayhound
- Vessel: Grayhound
- Where: Falmouth, Cornwall
- Duration: 7 days
- Embark: Falmouth - 15 April 2023, 14:00
- Disembark: Falmouth - 21 April 2023, 11:00
Discover the coasts of Cornwall, Brittany or the Isles of Scilly as lugger Grayhound makes best use of the wind.
Join replica Cornish lugger Grayhound in the maritime port of Falmouth, Cornwall as she offers a hands-on sailing adventure. Where you sail will entirely depend on the wind but could see you explore the Isles of Scilly, the coast of Brittany or the coastline between Devon and Cornwall.
This voyage is perfect for those who want to learn about sailing an 18th-century Cornish lugger while soaking up the Celtic coastline from the water. Get to grips with a traditional rig and the crew welcome guests with an immersive lugger sailing experience.
- Traditional rigged lugger
- Hands-on sailing adventure
- open saloon sleeping
- All-inclusive board
- Coastal & Open water sailing
Your Sailing Area
Cornwall, Isles of Scilly or Brittany
Sailing with lugger Grayhound is one of true authenticity as the crew sail her as she once would’ve been sailed in the 18th century. With an all hands on deck approach, Grayhound and her crew provide a safe and supported environment for guests to really get to grips with sailing a Cornish lugger. They also sail as sustainably as possible, with a care for the environment and the natural marine world at the forefront of everything they do. From an adopted vegetarian menu (unless of course, it can be sustainably fished or hunted), to traditional tender gigs rowed by the crew, it’s clear to see that sustainable travel and adventure is an important part of sailing with Grayhound.
That means that the direction of the wind and tide will always determine the route, as Grayhound makes best use of the wind to ensure sustainable travel as much as possible.
If the wind is in favour, Grayhound will sail across the English Channel and head for the dramatic Brittany coast. Cross one of the busiest shipping routes in the world as you take it turns with the crew to be on a watch system. Spend a few days exploring the Breton coast under sail, passing natural wonders and visiting famous local sites, en route for beautiful Finistère.
If the winds favour the Isles of Scilly, head west out of Falmouth and spend a few days discovering this breathtaking archipelago with its tropical microclimate. Watch the waters for sharks, dolphins, puffins and seals as the boat drops anchor by sandy white beaches, rocky sea cliffs and secluded coves. The crystal clear waters are perfect for a swim; or we may row ashore and have a relaxed beach stroll.
The last option could be to explore the coasts of Cornwall and sail along its remarkable coastline, known as the English Riviera, and/or up the beautiful Devon coast, viewing the natural wonders and picturesque fishing villages from a unique perspective. Find anchorages and explore inlets and harbours in our rowing gigs with nights spent at anchor in beautiful calm bays, enjoying delicious local food on board with a glass of wine or a beer.
Wherever we sail, you will be involved in most aspects of navigating the ship and you’ll sense the wings of history as she sweep over the waters where the original Grayhound sailed in the 1780s.
All voyages for Grayhound
Guest berths: 12 Rig: Lugger
Grayhound is a three-masted, wooden tall ship Lugger who was first launched in 2012. She is a a 5/6th scale replica of the original “Grayhound” who was built in Cornwall in 1776 and used as a Customs Lugger. Under new ownership, she nows resides primarily in Douarnenez, France but certainly still loves to explore the seven seas.
True to her original ancestors, Grayhound has been traditionally built with her rigging the same as you’d find it back in 1776. Her owners relish the opportunity to give guests a true and exhilarating sailing experience, taking them back in time for a truly fascinating sailing holiday adventure. Sailing with Grayhound is a hands-on experience and guests are invited to get involved with all aspects of sailing this unique 18th century style Lugger.
Below decks, the traditional fit out continues but with considered spaces and a few more mod-cons. A communal saloon area sleeps 5 guests with a further five berths available in the fore cabin. A generous galley, two heads and a shower ensure guests comfort after a good days sailing.
Deck planMore about Grayhound
LIFE ON BOARd
One of traditional hands-on sailing and sustainable adventure travel. Sailing with Cornish Lugger Grayhound is perfect for those looking to get to grips with sailing a traditionally rigged, classic wooden vessel.
Grayhound is run and sailed as sustainably as possible, with a care for the environment and the natural marine world at the forefront of everything she does. From an adopted vegetarian menu (unless of course, it can be sustainably fished or hunted), to traditional tender gigs rowed by the crew, it’s clear to see that sustainable travel and adventure is an important part of sailing with Grayhound.
Sailed with a full time crew, Grayhound mixes her sailing season with sheltered coastal sailing, open water sailing and some aptly named “smugglers runs”. Although she has a permanent crew, guests are encouraged to get involved to hoist the sails by hand and to feel the power of the wind in the tiller. Learn basic rope and knot work or even learn to row in the gig tenders – another nod to the ship’s ancestral history!
SLEEPING AND RELAXATION
A pilot house at deck level gives a versatile space from chart navigation, daytime shelter if needed and the perfect place for a cosy night watch.
Below decks there is a collection of various berths tucked into the hull, with four bunks situated off the main saloon and a further six berth bunks in the fore. The spaces are generous and there are two toilets on board for guests. There is a shower for emergencies but guests are encouraged to use marina showers or even consider jumping in the sea – an invigorating, free bath!
There is a communal eating area with a wide hatch so guests can star-gaze while eating deliciously cooked food. In warmer climates, guests and crew can eat alfresco up on the generous deck.
The galley is at the heart of both Grayhound itself and her owners.
Designed to be an efficient and inspiring workspace for the chef making meals a highlight of the voyage. Grayhound has a great tradition of using fresh produce and of foraging, producing wholesome meals inspired by local cuisine and maritime traditions. She serves only healthy, organic, vegetarian food. For many good reasons the meals on the ship are mostly vegetarian (unless it is caught by line from the boat!). Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible.
- 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
What’s not included
- Wash and/or swim towel
- Any 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
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
We are primarily a vegetarian (not vegan) ship. Everything is cooked onboard by our excellent chef using regional and organic produce wherever possible. We have a well-equipped galley where we cook healthy, tasty and sustainable food.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
10x single berths in the saloon and the fore cabin. (some can be made into "doubles")
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets. There is a shower on board but we use it as little as possible because we have a limited water supply. We tend to use the showers ashore in the marinas that we visit. There is plenty of seawater for bucket-showers on deck or for a nice morning swim around the ship. Bring biodegradable wet wipes to keep clean. You will be amazed on how fresh you feel at sea!
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
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.