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Easter Sailing in Devon & Cornwall

  • Vessel: Grayhound
  • Where: Plymouth, Devon
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Embark: Plymouth - 15 April 2022, 11:00
  • Disembark: Plymouth - 18 April 2022, 14:00

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Sail with the lugger Grayhound and explore the dramatic and beautiful Cornish/Devon coast.

On this Coastal Exploration we sail along the diverse and beautiful coastline of Cornwall also known as the English Riviera and/or up the beautiful Devon coast.  As we sail through the day you will be involved in most aspects of navigating the ship while enjoying the natural wonders and viewing picturesque fishing villages from a unique perspective. We find anchorages and explore inlets and harbours in our rowing gigs. Nights are spent at anchor in beautiful calm bays while enjoying delicious local food with a glass of wine or a beer.

This is a perfect sailing voyage for who want to learn about sailing a Cornish Lugger from 1776. The direction of the wind and tide will dictate which way we head. Making sure we get the best possible sailing conditions to sail Grayhound to her fullest potential, just like in the old days.

We might head west and visit the famous smugglers town Polperro before we moor up on beautiful National Trust beaches. As we continue down to the historic port of Fowey, which also happens to be the official homeport of Grayhound! Soon after we reach the historic clay harbour of Charlestown, row ashore and do some sightseeing, visit the Wreck Museum and more. With the right winds around the highest point of the coast, Dodman Point, we might explore the Place Creek beyond St Mawes and finally anchor up in Falmouth, with its picture-perfect streets, river mouth and bay.  Or find anchorage along the calm and peaceful Trelissick or Helford river. Heading back to Plymouth there will be plenty of chances to fully experience sailing a lugger in its historic waters while enjoying this gem of a coast.

If we head up the Devon coast we might moor up in the traditional fishing village of Salcombe. Mix with the locals on the cobble street and visit the artisan shops. Continuing up the coast we will sail past Slapton Ley and Slapton Sands with it’s big diversity of birds by the fresh water lakes. Past Blackpool we find the picturesque harbour town Dartmouth, well worth a stop. Further up the coast we sail past Berry head, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chances are that we will be accompanied by dolphins playing at the bow of the ship. Around the corner from Berry Head we reach Brixham with its rich maritime history and many classic sailing vessels. We might head for Torquay and Babbacomb with its crystal clear waters and find an anchorage for the night.

Either way the wind takes us you will feel the wings of history flap around your ears as the we beat along the dramatic coastal waters of Cornwall and/or Devon in replica of a proper Cornish lugger from 1776, immersed in the beauty of nature.

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All voyages for Grayhound

VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing & Exploring the coast of Brittany30 July 202210£1,499.00Enquire now
Isles of Scilly Sailing with Cornish Lugger Grayhound18 August 20228£1,280.00Enquire now


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 plan

Grayhound deckplan More about Grayhound


  • 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.


From: Plymouth

To: Plymouth


You can try the Mayflower Marina carpark; £5 for 24 hours, spaces permitting. It’s advised to ring ahead to check availability. Alternatively there is a free 24 hour car park, Mutton Cove, which is a 10 minute walk to the Marina – Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4LB


Plymouth is the most convenient train stop for the Marina. There are direct trains with Great Western Railway to Plymouth from Penzance, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington, and Edinburgh with CrossCountry trains. From their the quickest route to/from the Marina is a 5-10 minute taxi ride.


You can travel by coach directly with National Express from route starting points of Birmingham, London Victoria, Bristol or Penzance. Or you can travel direct to Plymouth Coach Station with megabus and then get a taxi to your accommodation or the Marina.


There are plenty of places to stay in Plymouth. Try Bistrot Pierre, Duke of Cornwall Hotel or The Imperial.

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