Join Pettifox in Cornwall for a weekend of classic sailing, sea shanties and merriment.
Falmouth Classics began in the early 1980s and has since become one of Falmouth’s most popular weekends. Attracting people from all over the world, traditional and classic ships arrive to race in the mouth of the River Fal, Carrick Roads and the beautiful Falmouth Bay. From classic yachts to traditional luggers – the harbour is filled with beautiful classics, exhilarating races and a fascinating parade of sail. See Falmouth Classics for its full sailing programme and weekend itinerary.
Onshore in Falmouth town you’ll be entertained on every street corner and pub as the International Sea Shanty Festival takes place alongside Falmouth Classics. Sing along with over 60 musical groups from shores far and wide in over 20 venues around the town. With plenty of ale and rum to quench your thirst, you’ll soon feel compelled to join in with these traditional songs from seafarers of old! See Falmouth Sea Shanty for more information and the weekends’ itinerary.
The excitement is undeniably best seen from the water, however, the atmosphere in the town is not to be missed either. With pop-up maritime stalls, traditional Cornish pubs and cobbled streets; Falmouth will be a great place to soak up the passion for sailing that is so prevalent in the town. The itinerary can be flexible but the intention will be to participate in the races throughout Friday and Saturday with a parade of sail taking place on Sunday. Pettifox is very much in it for the pleasure and goes by the “it’s the taking part that counts”! Each evening there is entertainment and social events ashore which guests are invited to attend. Saturday normally holds an “open boat” event on the pontoon where you can climb aboard and visit other classic yachts.
Your ticket price includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner* and soft Drinks. There are two curtained bunk berths are in the saloon and two bunks in the fore cabin. Bedding is provided – you just need to bring your own towel. (*two meals are to be eaten ashore at the guests’ expense to ensure you get a full Scilly islands experience!)
Simply click “Enquire Now” to reserve your berth for five days whilst you sort your travel plans. No booking form or deposit is required until you are ready to book!
Guest berths: 4 Rig: Gaff Cutter
Pettifox was built on the Isles of Scilly in 1992. She was the last classic wooden boat of her kind to be built on the islands and is still sailing and exploring the Cornish coasts today. Offering guests a chance to experience life under sail in arguably one of the most beautiful sailing locations of the UK.
Perfect for small groups of family or friends, Pettifox is one of our fleet’s smallest but has been finished to a high standard, comfortably sleeping 4 guests.
Her easy rig makes her a dream to sail and the perfect boat to get involved with. Her Skipper Johnny has been sailing all his life making him the perfect guide to learning the ropes. That being said, she can be sailed single-handedly so if you simply want to sit back, relax and inhale that fresh sea air while taking in the views, that’s just fine too!
Below decks have been recently revamped to better use her space and offer guests a bijou but comfortable experience. A well-designed galley means home-cooked meals are top of the menu and you can sit back and enjoy them on her beautifully bespoke oak plank table or perhaps on deck under the stars.
Sleeping arrangements are cosy with two single bunks in the fore cabin and two single bunks set back in the saloon. Two smaller bunks can be made available for children should you wish to bring the whole family. The crew have separate sleeping corners and there is a toilet and pull out shower onboard too.
With consideration given to energy supply and consumption, she has even been set up to accommodate “off-grid” living so she can comfortably visit those remote locations with not a soul in sight.
She spends her sailing season with voyages exploring the coasts of Cornwall with a stint in the Isles of Scilly where you can fly direct to St Mary’s and meet her straight over there giving you maximum time to explore the islands!More about Pettifox
Is there an age limit for children?
We would recommend 5+ but this can be dependent on family experience so please check with the office.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals onboard are included in the price, except on Isles of Scilly voyages where 2 meals are to be eaten ashore at the guests expense. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes, Vegetarian diets can be accommodated. Please let us know at the time of booking of other dietary needs.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
4 adult berths (2x fore cabin bunks, 2x saloon bunks), a further 2 child bunks can be made available as needed.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
1 bathroom with a pull out shower.
Is there an age limit?
Voyage dependent. Please check with the office.
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.
Unlike our other Isles of Scilly voyages, Pettifox will be ready and waiting for you on the island of St Mary’s. You’ll need to get either the Scillonian from Penzance or the Skybus from Newquay Airport.
Both deliver directly to St Mary’s so you will either need to walk around the harbour or get a short taxi ride from the airport.