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Late Summer in The Isles of Scilly

  • Vessel: Johanna Lucretia
  • Port: Newlyn
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Departure: 1 September 2018, 15:00
  • Arrival: 7 September 2018, 11:00
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Cruising
  • Exploration
  • Wildlife
Single berth in twin cabin£850 £213
Single berth in mixed multi-occupancy cabin£850 £213
Double cabin single occupancy (+30% surcharge)£1,105 £276
Double cabin double occupancy£1,700 £425

Sail to these low-lying islands amid a turquoise sea just off the coast of Cornwall. Explore this beautiful archipelago, a place like nowhere else in England and a destination that will leave you longing to return. This voyage is perfect those who want a bit of open water sailing with an opportunity for walking exploration and wildlife watching.

The Isles Of Scilly are situated just 28 miles off Lands End in Cornwall and a world apart from the mainland Englan. And what better way to travel to and explore this Caribbean-esque archipelago than aboard a two masted topsail schooner?

Take the opportunity to hop from island to island by boat, experiencing many astonishing natural wonders – puffins, seals, dolphins and a multitude of rare, and migrating birds – or just relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures; from beach combing, barbecuing on deserted shores, swimming with seals , to watching the sunset and gazing at the stars.

From shipwrecks to treasure, burial chambers to deserted villages, the history of Scilly is utterly compelling – especially as it mingles so tantalisingly with modern-day life on the islands. Scilly’s tiny land mass is home to 239 scheduled monuments, which means there is a greater density of historical sites here than anywhere else in the British Isles.

Traces of human life on Scilly stretch back at least 3,000 years, when the islands were one large land-mass that was home to nomadic hunter-gatherers. Their flint tools still sometimes turn up today, on beaches and in fields.

With their turquoise waters and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning – beautiful enough to rival any in the world.

The Isles of Scilly also 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 and the site of many a great storm during the winter months. There are plentiful rocky coastal walks across landscapes often cloaked in heather and flowering gorse or with castle ruins atop a promontory. All enjoy sensational views. The aptly named Hell Bay at the northern end of Bryher springs to mind as an excellent vantage point, as does Peninnis Head on St. Mary’s.

Some visitors crave the deep sense of tradition here, immersing themselves in history and myth. Others come to enjoy the heightened creativity of island life through painting, photography or crafts. Many love to lose themselves in the sights and scents of the sub-tropical plants and flowers such as wild garlic and fennel that give Scilly its distinctive landscape. And you’ll soon discover that each island has it’s own personality and are worth exploring beyond their alluring coastal beauty.

Our summer voyages to the Isles of Scilly depart at 3pm from Newlyn Harbour near Penzance and return back to Newlyn at approximately 11am on the arrival day. 

*Please note: This is an active sailing holiday with real sailing ships. All our itineraries may be subject to change due to weather conditions and the safety of the vessel and voyage crew/passengers. We can not guarantee that you will make it over to the islands if weather conditions aren’t suitable. 



VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Late Summer in The Isles of Scilly1 September 20187From £850Enquire now

The Johanna Lucretia is a two masted topsail schooner, built in Belgium in 1945. After two recent refits, this ship has the latest technology and provides a sound, comfortable voyage wherever you choose to go. She has been all over the world with a couple of different owners, from Gibraltar to the Caribbean to the East coast of the USA. Now, she sails mostly European waters, and will be found cruising around the Cornish coast during summer. With 14 berths in the form of comfortable double and twin cabins, Johanna Lucretia provides the utmost comfort while retaining her traditional nautical feel, thanks to the well cared for wooden interior below deck.

Join skipper Rodger Barton and his crew for several long weekends throughout the summer, where you will experience the quieter side of the Cornish summer via tall ship. Visit Poldark’s filming locations, secluded coves and traditional fishing villages, all while harnessing the wind to take in the dramatic Cornish coast.

Watch a short video of Johanna Lucretia as she sails around Falmouth Bay


  • Total number of berths : 14
  • Guest berths : 10
  • Bathrooms : 3
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