Sailing & Exploring the Channel Islands
- Vessel: Pilgrim of Brixham
- Where: Brixham, Devon
- Duration: 8 days
- Embark: Brixham Marina - 10 September 2023, 12:00
- Disembark: Brixham Marina - 17 September 2023, 12:00
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Join traditional vessel Pilgrim of Brixham as she sails the English Channel with this no-frills crew experience.
A sailing adventure with Pilgrim of Brixham is certainly one for those looking to increase their sea miles and experience as active crew members. Join Pilgrim in her home port of Brixham, a traditional fishing town with colourful houses lining the seafront and set sail across the English Channel.
This sailing adventure will see Pilgrim cross the English Channel to soak up the sunshine archipelago of the Channel Islands and perhaps even explore the French coast if the weather is in favour.
While we don’t have an age limit, for this more active mile builder voyage any passenger over 70 years of age will be subject to medical fitness conversations and can participate at the skippers’ discretion. Please make sure you make us aware of your age before booking.
- Open water sailing
- Traditional wooden boat
- Hands-on Experience
- Fully crewed
- Some sailing experience is required
Your Sailing Area
Channel Islands, UK
The itinerary and route for this sailing holiday to the Channel Islands are not set in stone due to the ever-changing wind and weather. When boarding, the skipper will have a better idea of what the week should entail. Whichever route is chosen, you’ll explore the English Channel from the ship, looking out at the dramatic coastline and watching for all manner of marine life that may accompany you along the way. Dolphins swimming in the wake of the bow is always a wonder to watch!
The harbour towns you visit will vary on the weather and wind but potential stops will look to include the island of Alderney, the northernmost Channel Isle and perhaps even the northern coast of Brittany. With different cultures, histories and atmosphere, this voyage is certain to be one of discovery – of both amazing places and exceptional sailing.
The Channel Isles and the Breton coast are teeming with sheltered coves for anchoring, peaceful meandering beaches to discover, medieval towns and remote island to explore. Paired with the delicious local cuisine and plenty of opportunities to set foot ashore, there is no better way to discover the magic of this Celtic Coast than under sail.
Please note that is the weather forecast is deemed unsafe the cross the channel, then an alternative coastal sailing itinerary will take place to explore the quaint water ways and harbour villages along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall.
All voyages for Pilgrim of Brixham
Pilgrim of Brixham
Guest berths: 10 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch
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.
She offers a range of voyages to suit all abilities, from overnight taster sails along the Devon coast to offshore adventures across to the Channel Islands and a whole host of maritime festivals and regatta’s. Join Pilgrim on voyages as she explores the coasts of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, The Channel Islands and France.
Deck planMore about Pilgrim of Brixham
Life on Board
Sailing with Pilgrim of Brixham is perfect for all types of traveller – from solo adventurers to couples and families, her crew are well versed in adapting the sailing to suit guests. From over-night sailing that are great for beginners to longer passages across the English Channel, sailing with Pilgrim of Brixham is certainly to suited to all capabilities.
Pilgrim of Brixham is rigged to sail with up to seven red sails, and is certainly a hands on experience. Learn some simple navigation, help to berth alongside and of course hoist those iconic red sails. Those with experience will especially enjoy and appreciate the scale of Pilgrim of Brixham’s rig and seeing how these big old vessels perform under sail. You can even take the helm – but don’t panic, you’ll always be doing things under the watchful eye of your skipper.
There will also be plenty of opportunity to relax and watch the world glide by so bring your book and binoculars and sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!
Sleeping and Relaxation
Pilgrim of Brixham’s voyages are all-inclusive so all meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, tea, coffee and soft drinks are included in the ticket price. Although there is a dedicated chef onboard, working together is at the heart of everything Pilgrim of Brixham offers, with all her crew part of a volunteers trust.
Above decks with her traditional rig and impressive tiller, there is plenty of space to sit back, relax and enjoy the maritime views. Below decks has been recently renovated with a modern wet room and sleeping quarters split into a communal six berth as part of the saloon and a communal four berth cabin sitting adjacent to the saloon.
- All inclusive (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks. Soft/hot drinks)
- All bedding (pillow, sheets & duvet)
- Full crew plus tuition
- Marina and fuel fees
- All tender trips to and fro the boat
What’s not included
- Any flights
- Transit hotels
- Travel to and from the boat on the day of joining/leaving
- Travel insurance
- Sailing Insurance (Please read our Sailing Insurance page for more information)
- Crew tips
- Personal expenses
Travel insurance notes
As this is an active adventure holiday, we advise that everyone has the appropriate personal accident travel insurance whilst onboard in addition to standard travel insurance which would cover you in the time between making your booking and departing for your adventure. These policies can sometimes be combined so please check with your travel insurance provider.
This voyage will be more than 12miles offshore.
Are meals included?
Yes - meals will be as locally sourced as possible and freshly prepared. Food is often a real hit on Pilgrim.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Mostly, but please let us know before booking if you have any special needs.
What language is spoken on board?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
There are 6 berths in the main saloon, with 4 in a cabin at the front of the ship, and 4 at the back (these are usually crew bunks)
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
Is there an age limit?
Standard policy is no under 8's but please check for private charter.
Do I need to be a seasoned sailor?
Only on mile builder voyages! On normal voyages - not at all. We give everyone who joins us on board the choice to do as much or as little as they like, whether they know how to or not.
Are bedding and towels provided?
All bedding is provided but please bring your own towels.
How many toilet/showers does she have?
Two for guests
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should typically be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/camera?
Yes, we have UK 3 pin mains sockets onboard. We also have a few USB sockets for charging phones.
Are there life jackets provided?
Are waterproofs provided?
There are some for emergencies but please bring your own.
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: Brixham Marina
To: Brixham Marina
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Please note – you cannot reach the Town Pontoon where Pilgrim is berthed by car. You can drop luggage or people off on Berry Head Road – (use TQ5 9BP on your Satnav.) Here you will find steps down to the promenade and the pontoon.
There are a limited number of parking spaces on Berry Head Road for a short stay, but they are often taken. Parking is very limited in Brixham so you need to plan. There is some free street parking but in the summer season that may involve quite a long walk from your car.
You can park in the multi-storey car park at Brixham Marina, TQ5 9AF close to the Breakwater (to be found on the landward side of Berry Head Road) which is owned and operated by MDL’s Brixham Marina. If you are parking for more than a day contact them on (01803) 882929 to discuss a special rate. In the car park, there are coin machines and you can use the Ringo mobile payment system.
Although Torbay Council’s Breakwater Car Park is the closest one to Pilgrim it is small and busy and you should not rely on finding a space there.
You can also park in Brixham’s Fresh-water Car Park, TQ5 8BA, operated by Torbay Council and can pay for three day or weekly tickets in the car park or online. Details are available here: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/roads/parking/parking-permits/car-park-permits/ . This car park is about a 10 minute walk around the harbour to the Town Pontoon and Pilgrim
Brixham’s closest train station is Paignton. There are direct trains with Great Western Railway to Paignton from Exmouth and London Paddington. Once in Paignton take a taxi or bus to Brixham.
STAY IN BRIXHAM:
There are plenty of places to stay in Brixham. Try Sea Tang Guest House, Berry Head Hotel or Harbour View.