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Sailing & Exploring the Isles of Scilly

  • Vessel: Agnes
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Embark: Falmouth - 24 June 2021, 11:00
  • Disembark: Falmouth - 30 June 2021, 11:00
Single berth£925 £231.25

Join Agnes as she sails to explore her maritime heritage, discovering the beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly.

Join pilot cutter Agnes for a once in a lifetime trip to the Isles of Scilly situated just 28 miles off Lands End in Cornwall and a world apart from the mainland England.

Agnes is a faithful recreation of a pilot cutter (also called Agnes!) that was originally from the Isles of Scilly and is named after one of the islands. She has spent many summers making this journey so knows the islands well.

Set sail from Falmouth and learn the ropes as you cross this stretch of the Atlantic Ocean, (which can take 10-12 hours) passing iconic Cornish locations such as St Michael’s Mount and the Minack Theatre. Although you’ll be busy helping to set sails with the crew, have your camera to hand as on this part of the adventure you’ll often be joined by playful dolphins and the occasional basking shark or whale.

Agnes’ journey, anchorage and activities will be determined by the weather, tide, wind and sea state and therefore no two trips to the Scillies are the same. No matter how many times you visit via this passage, the sight of this archipelago will always take your breath away and fill you with a huge sense of achievement for the journey you have taken.

The Isles of Scilly boasts a plethora of dramatic, rugged coastlines – steep rock faces and deep inlets caused by the continuous pounding of huge rollers coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. These stunning islands feature large stretches of deserted white sandy beaches, dramatic rocky coves, stunning seascapes, amazing archaeological sites, beautiful walks and scenery along miles of coastal and country paths and nature trails. You’ll leave longing to return and questioning how somewhere like this could be part of the UK.

The Islands

Reaching the Scillies, St Martins is usually the first island you’ll see on the horizon with its red and white Daymark erected in 1683 welcoming you to Scilly.  St Martins is just two miles long yet it has some of the finest beaches in the British Isles.

Pellew aims to explore this archipelago away from the tourist hustle and bustle anchoring in the shelter of the uninhabited islands where she can and visiting the smaller islands.

St Agnes is the southernmost and smallest populated island of the Isles of Scilly and is totally unspoilt and astonishingly peaceful. An island of extreme contrasts, with rocky outcrops on its exposed western side to serene beaches with the tranquillity of the sandbar between St. Agnes and Gugh on the other side.

Bryher is the smallest of the inhabited island on the Scillies it has some beautiful walks and scenery and just 80 people are lucky enough to call it home.  An opportunity, perhaps, to drop you off by tender to either Bar or Church Quay to let you stretch your legs and explore the island on foot – don’t forget to ask the cook for a picnic! A stop off at Hell Bay Hotel or the Fraggle Rock Pub for a light refreshment is a must

Tresco is the second largest of the islands and a subtropical gem home of the famous Abbey Garden, established in the 1830s by Augustus Smith. This horticultural paradise hosts a spectacular collection of more than 20,000 exotic plants from all corners of the world – many of which cannot be grown anywhere else in Britain.

Getting There

Unlike some of the smaller boats on our fleet, Agnes is guaranteed to sail to the Scillies whatever the weather. She is designed to sail in the wildest of seas whilst giving her crew and guests utmost safety and comfort.

On this sailing holiday aboard Agnes, you’ll be sure to enjoy fantastic food included in the price. This voyage is suitable for season sailors and more adventurous beginners who want to experience a passage crossing as well as explore a remote destination like Scilly.


Guest berths: 6 Rig: Pilot Cutter

Agnes is a 46ft wooden pilot cutter, owned and built by Luke Powell in 2003 – the flagship of his boat-building company.

Traditionally rigged a gaff cutter, she has the ability to fly 5 sails, depending on the weather. She is tiller steered and all sails are pulled up manually, so there is plenty for the guests to get involved with if they so desire. She was built with a traditional oak frame and planked with Douglas fir mast and spars.

Originally designed and built for speed and seaworthiness, these sturdy vessels would carry pilots out to sea, meeting ocean-going ships arriving with cargos bound for Europe. Whatever the weather and however rough the seas these courageous cutters were an integral part of maritime life in the south-west of England.

Down below, you are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table for all the guests and crew. There are six guest berths arranged around an open-plan cabin situated forward of the mast. She has one head, with a pull-out shower attachment for when we can’t get ashore.

The professional and friendly crew of two are always thoughtful hosts, effortlessly sharing a passion for sailing, discovering beautiful anchorages and feasting on freshly prepared meals. She will sail with a skipper, mate/cook and spends her sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and Devon with voyages across to the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands and the Breton Coast.

More about Agnes


  • 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, Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten Free diets can be accomodated. Please let us know at time of booking. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a Vegan menu.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    6 berths in the open fore cabin

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    1 bathroom with a pull out shower. Water is limited so on-shore showers are preferred.

  • Is there an age limit?

    On public voyages yes, please check as each voyage is different. Any age is permitted on whole boat bookings.

  • Is there WIFI?

    No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?


  • Are bedding and towels provided?

    Bedding, yes - Towels, no

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No, please bring your own.

  • 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.


From: Falmouth

To: Falmouth

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