Climb aboard this traditional Brixham Trawler as she sails around Berry Head for the Dartmouth Regatta.
Join Pilgrim in her home port of Brixham for a four day sailing holiday on the South Devon coast enjoying the Dartmouth Royal Regatta along the way.
This voyage combines coastal sailing across Start Bay with the celebrated Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
SETTING THE SAILS
Once you’ve got familiar with the boat and your fellow crew, set the sails from the traditional fishing port of Brixham.
As you 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.
Your voyage will leave from Pilgrim’s home port of Brixham. 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, have your binoculars at the ready and keep your eyes peeled for porpoises and dolphins which will often join Pilgrim, playing in the wake of the bow.
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.
Dartmouth Royal Regatta
Soak up the atmosphere by going ashore and touring all the stalls and by visiting the funfair. There’s shopping, food, music and all sorts of entertainment during Regatta week in Dartmouth. The Parade of Classic Craft is usually on the Saturday and Pilgrim will join in the parade and provide a great viewing platform for the spectacular end of regatta firework display.
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. Join Pilgrim on voyages around Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, or experience maritime festivals on this incredible vessel.
Deck planMore about Pilgrim of Brixham
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)
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?
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 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.