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Racing in the 2021 Pilot Cutter Championships

  • Vessel: Pellew
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Embark: Falmouth - 26 May 2021, 11:00
  • Disembark: Falmouth - 31 May 2021, 11:00
Single berth£925 £231.25

Sail and race with Pellew as she competes for the first time in the annual Pilot Cutter Worldwide Championships!

Join Pellew in Falmouth, Cornwall for an exhilarating five days sailing and racing along the Cornish coast. This will be the first time Pellew has raced in the annual Pilot Cutter Championships where she will put her sails and speed to the test to compete for the trophy cup!

This sailing voyage is not for the faint-hearted. Racing with Pellew requires a dedicated guest as you sail her from the meeting point of Falmouth and up to Fowey before beginning the race back down to St.Mawes. The evenings are a much more relaxed affair as we raft up with the other boats, have a BBQ and chat over the days sailing events with the other crews.

ITINERARY (please note due to changeable winds and tides, these are guidelines only)

Wednesday and Thursday will see some “warm-up” sailing as you sail with Pellew from Falmouth to the race start point in Fowey. A designated Pilot Cutter normally throws open their doors and hosts the first night of festivities.

On Friday morning Pellew will get set for the race at 10 am and join the parade of sail out of Fowey. As the race begins to St Mawes, this is where the fun starts. These powerful boats sailing down the coast is a truly amazing sight. An estimated arrival into St Mawes will be about 2 pm where from then you can rest, wander and explore being once again joining the evenings’ festivities.

Saturday has two races, one at 10 am and one at 2 pm from two of St Mawes outer harbour limit buoys in a staggered pursuit race with one course in the Carrick Roads or out into Falmouth Bay. In the evening we will anchor in the beautiful River Fal, have a BBQ and share stories from the day.

Sunday sees the last Race from two of St Mawes outer harbour limit buoys in a staggered pursuit race with one course in the Carrick Roads or out into Falmouth Bay. The final evening sees that last social event with prize giving being awarded to the winners of the races!

Every night is a social feast with chances to exchange experiences and sailing stories. Believe it or not,  no previous experience of sailing is necessary as you will have time to get to know Pellew before racing starts and with Luke as your guide, you will be in safe hands.  You will find yourselves enriched by getting involved in the pulling of ropes, taking the helm and handling of sail. Although racing is involved, this is primarily a fun, social event, and open to all. If you have friends and family who wish to watch, then St Mawes Castle is a good place to take in the action as a spectator.

Your ticket price includes entry to all social events and food onboard for the duration of the trip.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Racing in the 2021 Pilot Cutter Championships26 May 20216£925Enquire now


Guest berths: 8 Rig: Pilot Cutter

Pellew! We are thrilled to welcome you aboard this unique new wooden charter ship due to be launched in spring 2020. This will be the culmination of an amazing project to build the largest traditional wooden boat that has been built for many a year and will be considerably the fastest traditional gaff cutter sailing in our waters.

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.

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.

With her vast sail plan, think fast, invigorating sailing with the lee rail kissing the waves, Pellew will certainly not be 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 first sailing season exploring the coasts of Cornwall and Devon with voyages across to the Isles of Scilly, the Channel Islands and the Breton Coast.

More about Pellew


  • 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?

    Yes, please let us know when making your booking.

  • What language is spoken onboard?


  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    8 berths in the open fore cabin

  • How many toilet/showers does she have?

    2 toilets, 1 shower for guests

  • 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 12W USB charger

  • Are there life jackets provided?


  • Are Waterproofs provided?

    No, please bring your own.

  • 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: Falmouth

To: Falmouth

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