Cornish Coastal Sailing with tall ship Irene
- Vessel: Irene
- Where: Falmouth, Cornwall
- Duration: 4 days
- Embark: Falmouth - 26 April 2022, 14:00
- Disembark: Falmouth - 29 April 2022, 10:00
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Join classic tall ship Irene for traditional sailing and exploration along the beautiful Cornish coast.
Join classic wooden ketch Irene in Falmouth, Cornwall as she offers a hands-on sailing holiday experience along the Cornish coast. This skippered sailing voyage is perfect for those who want to get to grips with classic tall ship sailing in sheltered waters and soak up the diversity of Cornwall’s coastline.
A sailing holiday in Cornwall on Irene offers the chance to fully immerse yourself into life on a classic wooden boat. With a full and professional crew and a traditional classic rig, sailing with Irene is an experience you will never forget!
- Hands-on sailing experience
- Private ensuite cabins
- Coastal sailing
- Cornish harbours
- Great for beginners
YOUR SAILING AREA
Set sail from the maritime heart of Cornwall in the port of Falmouth. Your voyage will, of course, be dictated by the direction of the wind and tide to make full use of Irene’s traditional rig so there is no set route or itinerary. The skipper and crew will share a tailored itinerary based on the weather for your trip, as you enjoy tea and homemade cake on arrival.
The Cornish coast is certainly best seen from the water with secluded inlets, river mouths and traditional harbour villages waiting to be discovered. Wherever you anchor or port for the night, the Cornish coast has the SouthWest coast path running throughout it so there are plenty of fascinating trails, and coastal woodlands to explore.
The sheltered geography of Falmouth Bay make it a popular sailing destination with good winds making for some great sailing opportunities – the perfect place to try your hand at sailing with a traditional classic tall ship.
Soaking up the Cornish coast
Depending on where the wind takes you, you could head west, down the beautiful Cornish coastline and up the Helford River exploring the beautiful creeks that have inspired the likes of Daphne du Maurier…and Kylie Minogue. The Helford River is one of the last places in England where ancient woodland rolls down the cliffs and meets the sea. The South West coast path also follows these inlets so its the perfect opportunity to hop ashore and enjoy these secluded walking trails while you watch Irene anchored in the bay.
Moor up on National Trust beaches, visit riverside smuggler’s inns and experience true freedom as the wind fills Irene’s sails and propels you along this unique and impressive coastline. Drop anchor and dive off the bows as you enjoy some relaxation and re-connection with nature.
If the wind is in favour and there is a good weather window, you could head up the coast towards the quaint harbour towns of Fowey or Charlestown. This voyage is perfect for those with a short holiday window or for those adventurers wanting to experience more time on the water with a traditionally rigged tall ship in a safe and supported environment.
All voyages for Irene
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Ketch
From an Edwardian cargo vessel to floating family home and now a chartered sailing vessel, Irene’s had a fascinating life. She’s been the darling of the silver screen, sank in the Caribbean, towed across the Atlantic and re-built in Cornwall. Now she earns her keep sailing guests around the Cornish coast and the Isles of Scilly. Her most recent re-fit has seen the addition of all the mod-cons and safety equipment you’d expect of a modern day charter boat. She carries a crew of professional mariners who love sharing their passion for this old lady of the seas.
From sailing the Cornish coast to exploring the beautiful archipelago of the Scilly Isles, Irene’s sailing holidays range from weekend breaks to week-long explorations taking in some of the most stunning sailing destinations in the UK. From beginners to old hands there’s something to suit all experiences and whether you’re solo travellers or a couple, Irene certainly welcomes all.
Traditionally rigged with a full time crew, Irene encourages guests to actively involved in all aspects of sailing. From taking the helm, hoisting the sails and general rope work, the crew are well versed in taking complete novices and guiding them through all they need to know to make the most of their tall ship sailing holiday. Below decks she has been well-considered with private ensuite cabins and even a luxury state room with its own lounge area, double bed and bathroom. Her generous saloon has space for relaxing, ample dining space for those hearty home-cooked meals after a day in the sea air and a generous galley where the onboard cook will keep you fed from start to finish.More about Irene
Irene requires no previous sailing experience to jump aboard – only a lust for adventure! Under the guidance of her fully trained crew, you are invited to get actively involved in all aspects of sailing Irene. From hoisting her sails, trimming the ropes, taking the helm and getting her ready for anchor – this truly is a hand-on sailing holiday perfect for those that want to learn more about life aboard a historic classic boat. Irene has been sailing Cornish waters for over 100 years! Her first cargo voyage to Penzance was recorded in 1907 so she is certainly no stranger to this beautiful coastline.
Depending on the weather a typical day would likely see the sails set after a hearty breakfast with a good few hours sailing. Lunch will either be served under way or on anchor before choosing an anchorage for the night. Guests will be given the option to head ashore as long as the conditions are fair for some afternoon coastal exploration!
Her dedicated crew will be on hand at all times to point you in the right direction with her dedicated chef freshly cooking all meals on board. With private ensuite cabins and large communal space below decks, there’s plenty of space to relax after a day of sailing if star-gazing on deck doesn’t take up too much of the evening!
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?
Yes, please let us know when making your booking.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
4x twin ensuite cabins, 1x state
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Is there an age limit?
No, children are fine as long as parents assume full responsibility and they bring their own dated, inflatable lifejacket.
Are there life jackets provided?
Yes. But not children's ones, they must be brought with you.
Are Waterproofs provided?
Do I need sailing experience?
No, absolutely not! Just a lust for adventure and a want to get actively involved.
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.