Cornish Tall Ship Taster Weekend
- Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
- Where: Cornwall
- Duration: 3 days
- Embark: Custom House Quay, Falmouth - 14 June 2019, 12:00
- Disembark: Falmouth - 16 June 2019, 12:00
A weekend to remember. Discover Cornwall with its sweeping bays, picturesque ports, and ancient market towns, and explore the coastlines around the historic maritime port of Falmouth under traditional sail.
Over the weekend we will teach you as much as possible about the sailing and manouevring of a ship, setting sail from Falmouth, the deepest natural harbour in Western Europe, and travelling around the southern coast of Cornwall. Our skippers interest is to show you how these ships were handled for centuries and this sheltered bay provides a perfect learning ground if you are new to tall ship sailing.
Anchor in picturesque ports such as Coverack or Fowey, and spot secluded coves and landmark locations as you sail. Perhaps you’ll get as far as St. Michael’s Mount, or head East up to Mevagissey or Charlestown. A good walk is a great way to start the day and there is plenty of coastal footpath to explore! Return on board to set the sails and enjoy a hearty lunch as you coast through Cornish waters before taking a turn at the helm, learning about navigation or relaxing on deck with book and the wind in your hair. Spend the next morning cruising back along the coast, perhaps accompanied by a pod of dolphins or two, as Pilgrim returns into Falmouth.
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
From: Custom House Quay, Falmouth