Looe Lugger Regatta
- Vessel: Our Daddy
- Port: Dartmouth
- Where: Devon
- Departure: 4 July 2019, 09:30
- Arrival: 8 July 2019, 16:30
- Duration: 5 days
Sail with the traditional Cornish lugger, Our Daddy to Cornwall from Dartmouth and experience the picturesque cobbled streets of Looe and the great atmosphere of the Lugger Regatta.
View the Cornwall and Devon coastline from a different perspective this summer and climb aboard Our Daddy for a five day trip from Dartmouth, Devon to Looe, in Cornwall for its bi-annual Lugger Regatta.
Setting sail from Dartmouth, this traditional lugger will take you out through the River Dart to the open sea, where you will head west down the Devon coast. Dartmouth in itself is a beautifully picturesque harbour town, so make sure you allow a little time before joining Our Daddy to wander through the narrow streets and discover what it’s got to offer. Sailing down the coast you will pass Blackpool, Slapton Sands and Slapton Ley – the largest freshwater lake in the south-west (bird spotters – bring your cameras!). With porpoises and dolphins often playing in ships’ wake and guillemots, kittiwakes, kestrels and gulls ashore; make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled and your binoculars at the ready. Whether you’re a seasoned solo sailor or a group looking to do something a bit different with your weekend, Our Daddy’s crew will cater for all ages and abilities.
The bi-annual Looe Lugger Regatta in the lovely seaside town of Looe is a celebration of the area’s fishing heritage. Traditional Luggers were once the common and traditional fishing boats of choice along the coasts of England and France. Today Luggers from all along the English Coast and even from across the channel in France, gather in Looe to exchange stories, marvel at the traditional vessels and race together. The Luggers compete in six races spread over the two days of competition. Around fifty boats, many of which were built more than a hundred years ago and lovingly restored by their owners, unfurl their sails in the harbour creating a magnificent spectacle.
The seaside town of Looe is still very much a working fishing port, level streets with buildings dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, snake their way out to the beach. The town comes alive for this Regatta, with many of the local pubs hosting celebrations with local bands and live music across the weekend.
Whether you are a sailing enthusiast or a complete novice looking for that next adventure, the Lugger world is one that welcomes with open arms and this Regatta is a lovely way to see the coastline and experience a true piece of maritime history.
Built in Looe in 1921, Our Daddy was the last fishing lugger built of its type. Since leaving her fishing roots behind and becoming a charter vessel in the 1970s, she has since been renovated again and her rich history realised in 2017 when she was awarded a place on the very prestigious National Historic Ships register and awarded regional flagship of the year.
Now based in the lovely seaside town of Brixham, Devon, Our Daddy is proudly owned by friends Tim and Steve who operate her exclusively as a charter vessel; a much more relaxed approach than to her previous working life! Offering day experiences, long weekend or week-long charters, events and even some filming work, Our Daddy provides a perfect base if you want to learn more about life on the water or simply want to experience something new and relax aboard a ship full of maritime history.
From day sails out of her hometown along the Devon coast to a crossing over the English Channel to the Channel Islands and even France; you’ll be in safe hands with Skippers Tim and Steve who are both RYA instructors and have a wealth of knowledge and experience on the water. Not only just a sailing experience, holidays on Our Daddy offer views of unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food all included in the price.
Tim and Steve look forward to welcoming you aboard Our Daddy and hope you enjoy the experience of sailing aboard this boat of Cornish Fishing history.
- Total number of berths : 8
- Number of guest berths : 6
- Number of bathrooms : 1
- Cabin configuration : Open
- Smoking policy : Above decks only
- Are waterproofs supplied? : Yes