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Smuggler Run Sailing with Grayhound

  • Vessel: Grayhound
  • Where: Plymouth, Devon
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Embark: Plymouth - 18 May 2022, 11:00
  • Disembark: Douarnenez, France - 20 May 2022, 14:00

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Sail along on this epic channel crossing delivering cargo to France/UK in the most ecological way possible. All hands on deck!

You will not get closer than this to experiencing the life of traditional sailing. A unique chance to partake in an eco-cargo delivery of wine, beer, clothes or other dry merchandise. Just like the luggers 250 years ago Grayhound will deliver merchandise of high demand from one country to another cross Channel. Only difference is that Grayhound of today carries a cargo license!

This is a full hands-on sailing voyage as we sail from Penzance to Douarnenez crossing the channel with many names; ‘La Manche’, ‘Mor Breizh’, ‘Mor Kurnow’. We will sail over one of the busiest sailing and shipping routes in the world. Whether we sail through the day or night we need to keep a good lookout on our watches. We load and unload the ship by hand. You need to be physically fit and in good health.

If we deliver beer or wine you will of course have a chance to taste the goods once they are delivered and the mission is complete!

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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 plan

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FAQ

  • 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?

    English

  • 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?

    Yes

  • Are there life jackets provided?

    Yes

  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    Yes

  • 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.

Locations

From: Plymouth

To: Douarnenez, France

Penzance

BY RAIL:

Penzance train station is about a 10 minute walk from Penzance Harbour. There are direct trains with Great Western Railway from Plymouth, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and London Paddington into Penzance.

BY AIR:

Newquay Airport requires taking either a taxi to Redruth Train Station and then the train to the end of the line at Penzance, or a taxi direct to Penzance.

STAY IN PENZANCE:

There are plenty of places to stay in Penzance. Try Chapel House Hotel, The Dock Inn or Hotel Penzance.

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