Enjoy a bank holiday sailing adventure in Cornwall with Cornish lugger Grayhound.
On this Coastal Exploration we sail along the diverse and beautiful coastline of Cornwall also known as the English Riviera. 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 set sail from Falmouth and tack out between Pendennis Castle and St Mawes Castle. As we pass St Anthonys head we will know whether the winds will bring us up or down the coast. If we head up we will discover Place Creek beyond St Mawes and pass the highest point of the coast, Dodman Point. Past it we reach the historic clay harbour of Charlestown, drop anchor, row ashore and do some sightseeing. We might visit the the historic port of Fowey, which also happens to be the official homeport of Grayhound! Just beyond are the beautiful National Trust beaches where we drop anchor for the night. Next day we reach the old smugglers town of Polperro. If we arrive in Plymouth we anchor up in the small village of Cawsand where the original Grayhound was built in 1776. Our return along this beautiful stretch of coast offers much more and we will be busy enjoying the richness of nature.
If we head down the coast we could start with a calm cruise up the peaceful Helford river. Further down the coast we reach the lighthouse Lizard (Britain’s most southerly point!). The Mounts Bay awaits us with the rough and beautiful touch of the Atlantic. Grayhound will get a warm welcome once we drop anchor by the old smuggler town of Penzance. The neighbouring town Mousehole is also worth a visit. Heading back to Falmouth we will have more time to feel the winds of the “Mor Kurnow” (Cornish for English Channel) as she fills the sails of Grayhound.
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 in replica of a proper Cornish lugger from 1776, immersed in the beauty of nature.
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.
Sailing holidays in Sweden on Grayhound vary from Day Sails to Canal cruises and from Fjord discoveries to Atlantic Cargo voyages. Whatever the voyage, Grayhound guarantees friendly, exhilarating sailing with no experience needed to climb aboard!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 can cater for Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten free but sorry no vegans.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
1x double berth & 3x single berths in the open saloon. another 5x single berths in the Fore Cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets, 1 shower
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.