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Devon B&B Sailing Weekend

  • Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
  • Port: Brixham, Devon
  • Where: Devon
  • Departure: 18 May 2019, 13:00
  • Arrival: 19 May 2019, 12:00
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Cruising
  • Exploration
  • Wildlife
Single berth£149 £37

Enjoy a real taste of traditional sailing with a two day cruise to Brixham or Anstey’s Cove on the magnificent Pilgrim of Brixham.

This 2 day/1 night trip is an ideal introduction to sailing a traditional ship – and with her red sails, rich heritage and classic tiller, Pilgrim of Brixham is the perfect ship to do it on. Setting sail from Brixham, the ship will deliver you in style to either Anstey’s Cove or Dartmouth, with refreshments on board, afternoon tea and the chance to stretch your legs in Dartmouth if Pilgrim anchors there. The crew will literally show you the ropes and encourage you to get stuck in and experience first hand traditional classic boat sailing.

Your voyage will leave from Pilgrim’s home port of Brixham, and while no two journeys on board any of our vessels are the same, the crew know the area really well and will do their best to show you the best bits! Brixham is a busy fishing port, so watch out for local vessels bringing in their catch, as well as other traditional vessels sailing past. After sailing out of Brixham, Pilgrim will take you around Berry Head towards Dartmouth. Berry Head is a limestone headland, and this area of outstanding natural beauty is home to colonies of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes, kestrels and gulls. As you sail past the headland, keep your eyes peeled for porpoises and dolphins which will often join Pilgrim, playing in the wake of the bow.

The following morning, enjoy the sights and sounds of the River Dart or the Babbacombe/Teign coastline, then enjoy a delicious breakfast on board, before sailing homeward to Brixham.

During your Bed and Breakfast weekend you can either sit back and relax or help the crew hoist the sails and even take the helm – it’s up to you!

Whatever you decide, enjoy the magnificent scenery, fresh air and exhilarating sailing. Our Skipper and crew will be on hand  to ensure that your time onboard is as enjoyable as possible.

As we leave Brixham, be sure to look back at the picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermen’s cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour. Pilgrim sets sail around Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home.  We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.

Sailing past Berry Head, look for the lighthouse built in 1906 which has the distinction of being the smallest, but highest sighted lighthouses in the British Isles.  Its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles. This area is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804 – Designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was a strategic naval anchorage.

Enjoy the seascape and dramatic coastal scenery with interesting rock formations creating rugged limestone cliffs, sandy bays, coasta­­­l coves and inlets.  If we head for Dartmouth we will sail past St Marys Bay, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then, hidden from view, the National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre, once the home of the Doyle Cart family of comic opera fame.

A ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart.  We then pass the Mewstone rock just outside the mouth of the river.  This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls.

The rocky entrance to the r­­­­­­­iver is guarded on the west side of the estuary by a 15th Century castle, which also incorporates the church of St Petrox.

Kingswear, the harbour town directly opposite Dartmouth has its own historic castle. During the 2nd world war, the two fortifications were linked by chains at dusk to damage enemy ships attempting to attack Dartmouth.

Whilst you enjoy the scenery, our onboard cook will have prepared a traditional Devon Cream Tea for you and later that evening a tasty two course supper for you and your fellow guests to enjoy. You can then relax, before you settle down for a comfortable nights sleep.

The following morning, enjoy the early sights and sounds of the River Dart, then a delicious breakfast on board.We may have time to sail a short way further up river to see the famous Britannia Royal Naval College where officer training has taken place since 1863 before we set sail back to Brixham.

As we return home there is time to capture any photo opportunities you may have missed on the outward journey,  to include the half mile long breakwater and lighthouse built in 1916 to protect Brixham Harbour and the town from tidal surges following the great storm in 1866.


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Pilgrim of Brixham, built in 1895, is a traditional gaff rigged ketch that is one of a handful of remaining wooden sailing trawlers that were built in Brixham. Pilgrim and her iconic red sails were once part of a large fishing fleet operating out of Brixham, which used to be the principal fishing port in the country. Her survival is testament to her quality, with many similar Victorian fishing vessels having a life span of less than 20 years – and the main reason for her survival is thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers.

The Pilgrim Story

After spending many years under different owners in Scandinavia, in 1999 she was brought home from Denmark back to Brixham. After significant restoration work, a few mishaps along the way and a hefty dose of community spirit, Pilgrim was returned to her former glory above decks, and brought up to modern standards below.

Today, as a charter vessel, the Brixham community still rallies around Pilgrim, with local crew, experienced and skilled volunteers performing maintenance and making the Pilgrim of Brixham operation run like clockwork. VentureSail is incredibly proud to have a hand in getting people aboard this historic vessel to not only experience how magnificently she sails, but also to see how passionate those that sail her are. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.

  • Total number of berths : 16
  • Guest berths : 10
  • Number of bathrooms : 2
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From: Brixham, Devon

To: Brixham, Devon