Spanish Coastal Sailing with Pellew
- Vessel: Pellew
- Where: Spain
- Duration: 10 days
- Embark: La Coruña - 3 August 2024, 12:00
- Disembark: Vigo - 13 August 2024, 10:00
Discover the beautiful fjords, estuaries and traditional tapas bars of Galicia with a Spanish sailing adventure on board pilot cutter Pellew.
A new voyage for 2024, Pellew is swapping the mystic mist of Scotland for some sunshine Spanish sailing. Explore the beautiful area of Galicia under sail as she takes guests from La Coruna to Vigo.
Experience breathtaking mountains, the air full of the scent of eucalyptus, traditional ancient villages and beautiful deserted estuaries. There will be a balance of exhilarating coastal sailing, secluded island exploration and visits to traditional Spanish towns.
- Skippered sailing
- Traditional rig
- Coastal Sailing
- Great for solo travellers
- Wildlife watching
- Suitable for beginners
Your Sailing Area
With fjord like inlets and warm sailing grounds surrounded by forested coastline, this is the perfect destination for a sunshine sailing holiday in Spain. Join Pellew in the Spanish maritime port of La Coruña. La Coruña town’s history is closely connected with its historic fishing and trading port, and the peninsula on which the historic part of town is situated is home to an interesting Romanesque road network with squares and mediaeval churches as well as the Hercules Tower, the oldest lighthouse in the world. The Museum of Fine Arts, with works by Goya and others on display, is also worth a visit before you join the boat.
We’ll spend the next 10 days guided by the wind and weather as we work our way down the coast. Steeped in culture, history, architecture and tradition, this stretch of the coast is not known for mainstream tourism and the tapas is still the authentic kind!
Spend 10 blissful days sailing and exploring the coast, soaking in the stunning scenery and traditional cuisine. This stretch of Spanish coast is not just for sailing and scenery, but also it’s culinary delights. The seafood and shellfish are some of the finest in the world and the Rias Baxas is home to the rioja producing Albarino. If seafood isn’t your thing then the area is all about local produce, be it the cured pork, organic steak or corn fed chicken – eating out here is a true pleasure.
Explore the beautiful archipelago of Iles Cies situated in the mouth of the River Vigo and now a designated National Park teeming with birdlife. Anchor in its picturesque sheltered coves and swim in its glistening clear waters to the stretches of sandy white beaches. Follow the walking trails as they meander higher amongst the tree before reaching Mount Faro – a fabulous point offering spectacular panoramic views. Famous for its seafood and fresh produce, be sure that Pellew’s onboard chef will definitely make the most of this coastline’s rich offerings.
There are four main inlets that make up the Rias Baxas with small island clusters dotted in the estuaries and bays. Glistening white sandy beaches fringed with granite boulders (like the Outer Hebrides, but warm enough to swim!) are great for walking and exploring after a morning of sailing. The whole area is a designated National Park so anchoring on the islands under star-lit skies is a real treat.
We’ll finish in the traditional fishing port of Vigo, home to Europe’s largest fishing fleet. An industrious port on the one hand but traditionally and culturally Spanish on the other. Wander the old city walls and soak up the historic Spanish architecture, old tavernas and traditional tapas bars.
All voyages for Pellew
Guest berths: 8 Rig: Pilot Cutter
Pellew is a faithful recreation of the Falmouth Pilot Cutter Vincent, originally built in 1852 and based in St Mawes she was a familiar sight on the Fal estuary for 70 years, eventually retiring from service in 1922. Today, the spirit of tradition lives on and Pellew is strongly built to sail the oceans of the world with her guests travelling in utmost comfort and safety.
Originally designed and built for speed and seaworthiness, these sturdy vessels would carry pilots out to sea, meeting ocean-going ships arriving with cargos bound for Europe. Whatever the weather and however rough the seas these courageous cutters were an integral part of maritime life in the south-west of England.
With her vast sail plan, think fast, invigorating sailing with the lee rail kissing the waves, Pellew is certainly not for the faint-hearted. So if you are looking for that next adventure at sea on a beautifully powerful wooden vessel, then Pellew is the boat for you.
Below decks, you are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table and a generous galley. Delectable home-cooked meals will be freshly-prepared on board by our dedicated cook using locally sourced produce wherever possible. The 8 guest berths are arranged around an open-plan cabin with a shower and two toilets for guest use.
She is oak framed throughout and planked with locally sourced Douglas fir mast and spars. Although she is tiller steered, she does have two large electric capstan winches to help get the sails up and in. Guests are welcomed and invited to get involved in the sailing of Pellew. In fact, it will be hard not to want to feel first hand, the power of this beautiful boat as glides seemingly effortlessly through the water.
She will usually sail with a skipper, mate and dedicated cook, with a fourth crew member joining for longer voyages. She will be spending her sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands, the Breton Coast and exploring the majestic isles of the Scottish Hebrides.
Life on board Pellew
Pellew is one of the fastest pilot cutters of her time so a lust for adventure is certainly a must and sailing with her is not for the faint-hearted! You don’t need any experience to join her as the friendly and professional crew are always on-hand to show you the ropes.
You’ll be surrounded by like-minded individuals and the crew love to share their knowledge with guests, showing them the ropes and feeling the wind power in the sails. They welcome as much or as little participation as you want – from pulling up sails, sheeting in and steering, and even navigation.
All food will be freshly-prepared onboard to the highest standard by a dedicated cook so guests can expect hearty breakfasts, freshly baked bread, delicious lunches and dinners, as well as plenty of home-made cake!
Sleeping and Relaxation
You are welcomed into the main saloon with cushioned seating around a large table next to a generous galley. It’s a great sociable space with the traditionally built wooden finish giving a lovely cosy feeling.
In the fore, there are 8 guest berths in an open-plan cabin with each berth in twin bunk arrangements. She has a generous (for a boat!) shower room and two toilets for guest use.
- 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
- There are off-shore jackets available for guests when sailing but please bring your own waterproof for time ashore.
What’s not included
- Wash and/or swim towel
- Meals ashore
- 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 not more than 12miles offshore.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals on board are included in the price. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Meat eaters and vegetarians only please!
What language is spoken onboard?
Do I need to tip the crew?
Tips are not mandatory but are welcomed by the crew!
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Shared quarters, 8 berths in the open fore cabin with easy access to a toilet
How many toilet/showers does she have?
2 toilets, 1 shower for guests
Are bedding and towels provided?
All bedding is but please bring your own towels.
Is there an age limit?
Preferably over 12's accompanied by an adult on a 1:1 ratio but please check with us in the office as each voyage is different.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Yes, each bunk has a 12v USB charger
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
There are off-shore jackets available for guests when sailing but please bring your own waterproof for time ashore.
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.
From: La Coruña
To see where the ports are, along with your likely sailing area, please view the sail area & highlights.
Flights go direct from Santiago de Compostela Airport to London Gatwick. Taking the 50 minute taxi ride to La Coruña once there is more convenient than public transport.
Indirect flights go from A Coruña Airport to London Gatwick. Once there take the A4 bus (35 minutes) that runs almost every half hour .
STAY IN LA Coruña:
There are plenty of places to stay in La Coruña. Try The Hotel Brisa, Hotel Lois or Hotel Avienda.
The best airport from London is Santiago De Compostela (SCQ) which has easy train and bus links (50 mins).
Alternatively Porto in Portugal is 90 mins away by road and is well served by all major and budget airlines from all UK locations. Vigo is accessible by bus, train or taxi. Porto itself is a great city to top and tail your trip with.