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Paimpol Festival & Channel Island cruising

  • Vessel: Polly Agatha
  • Where: Dorset
  • Duration: 15 days
  • Embark: Portland, - 27 July 2019, 12:00
  • Disembark: Portland - 11 August 2019, 12:00
Twin bunk single berthWas £1,600Now £1,360 £340
Double cabin double occupancyWas £1,600Now £1,360 £340
Double cabin single occupancyWas £2,080Now £1,768 £442

Sail from Dartmouth, head south across the channel and over to the Paimpol Festival in Brittany, France for a holiday of sailing, music and merriment.

Join Polly Agatha as she sails from her home port of Portland, Dorset to the Paimpol Festival in the Gulf of St. Malo, France.  A festival internationally renowned for its maritime history, classic boats, sea shanties and music!

The winds and the tides will, of course, dictate Polly Agatha’s exact route and itinerary. She will either sail over to the Channel Islands or straight down to the French coast. From the Channel Isles, there are plenty of interesting anchorages to explore along the coast before reaching the sweet old port of Paimpol.

Polly will have ‘prime position’ in the Old Port amongst the numerous traditional boats which congregate there every two years for this great event; ideal for enjoying the atmosphere of one of the great ‘sea parties’ of the French summer.

Once moored, you’ll be able to head onto the pontoon and explore. Many of the boats will be open to the public so you can have a good look around.  As the evening draws in, the music side of the festival truly comes alive. With sweet Breton cider, good French wine, and traditional music, dance the night away at the festival and return to Polly and enjoy the company of your crew and fellow shipmates on board. See Paimpol Festival website for lots more information.

The festival concludes on Sunday and on the following day Polly will begin a leisurely exploration of parts of the North Brittany coast before sailing her way back to Portland via the Channel Islands once again.

The Channel Islands are situated off Brittany on the north coast of France and are a popular sailing destination, offering favourable sailing winds and beautiful harbour stops. St Peter’s Port is the capital of Guernsey. Explore its sweet cobbled streets, Roman-esque squares bustling with cafes and quaint boutiques or even visit its 800-year-old castle. Castle Cornet grandly guards the entrance to the marina, providing a picturesque backdrop to this bustling harbour town. Sark has been named as the crown jewel of the Channel Islands and offers a truly unique location for those wanting to escape and experience true island life. Alderney is the smallest island of the Channel Island archipelago and offers visitors beautiful beaches, sheltered coves and a relaxed friendly local atmosphere. A pit stop and breeding ground for the migratory Storm Petrel, this island is teeming with birdlife and is even home of the very rare, blonde hedgehog.

Mark the skipper has lived and sailed these waters for years so you will be in safe hands.  With sea shanties, brass bands, buckets of maritime history and beautiful boats, this 15-day voyage incorporating the three-day festival is a must-see experience for all abilities and ages. Paired with a Channel crossing, this really is the adventure of a lifetime!

If you would like to do a shorter version of this trip please give us a call in the office!


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Paimpol Festival & Channel Island cruising27 July 201915Was £1,600Now £1,360Enquire now

Polly Agatha

Guest berths: 6 Rig: Gaff Cutter

Polly Agatha was built in 2008 and her design was based on the classic design of the original “Peggy”, a Bristol Pilot Cutter. Pilot Cutters were designed to take their crews out into the wildest seas and keep them safe and as comfortable as possible. At the end of their era, it is not surprising that so many vessels became private yachts and their design is still being used to this day for sailing and charter yachts.

Externally Polly Agatha remains much in line with the design of the original Peggy with the traditional lines of a pilot cutter. Internally, however, Polly Agatha is fitted out with a beautiful modern interior and equipped with all the latest technology ensuring her guests’ optimum comfort.

Currently based in Portland, Weymouth, Polly Agatha has been sailing these waters for the last decade and her owner and skipper Mark knows the area well. Spending her life so far as a charter vessel, she always has her guests in mind and her accommodation is well considered. Mark and his crew will give you a totally relaxed holiday experience and encourage you to be actively involved, showing you the ropes and sharing their maritime knowledge.


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  • Are all meals included?

    Yes, all meals on board are included in the price except one evening per trip where guests can eat onshore (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.

  • Can you cater for dietary needs?


  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    Polly Agatha has one private double cabin and 4 single berths in a bunk bed formation in a shared cabin.

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    Polly Agatha has two bathrooms

  • Is there WIFI?

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

  • Can I charge my phone/Camera?

    Yes, there are 12V USB cigarette lighter points available at all times. 240V standard socket charging is available when Escape is hooked up to shore power or when the generator is on.

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    Yes, Mark has some available.

  • 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.


From: Portland,

To: Portland