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Sailing the Cornish Coast

  • Vessel: Bessie Ellen
  • Where: Cornwall
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Embark: Fowey - 26 September 2019, 15:00
  • Disembark: Fowey - 29 September 2019, 15:00
Single berthWas £550Now £495 £124

Join Bessie Ellen for a weekend to remember, exploring the Cornish coast around the historic port of Fowey. Discover sweeping bays, picturesque ports and ancient market towns along this dramatic coastline, the inspiration for many a novel.

It was this part of the dramatic Cornish coast that helped to inspire Daphne Du Maurier’s bestselling novels. Her very first, The Loving Spirit, depicts the Slade family, shipbuilders from Polruan building and sailing craft similar to Bessie Ellen. Whilst Menabilly, the setting for the infamous ‘Rebecca’, is just along the coast.

Over the weekend Bessie’s crew will teach guests as much as possible about the sailing and manoeuvring of a ship, tacking up to the historic port of Charlestown and coming up to anchor under sail. The skipper’s 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.

On departing Fowey the itinerary will be dependent on the weather howevr once Bessie has rounded Gribben head, she may sail past Lantic bay and set the topsails for a short visit to Polperro and Looe before finding a sheltered anchorage for the night.

During the voyage there will be several opportunities to step ashore and stretch your legs on a circular walk prior to returning back for a fantastic on board meal, freshly prepared. Using the finest local ingredients,  they create dishes like cod with chorizo (Cornish of course) and our home-grown pork, served with his homemade medlar chutney. The grand finale to your weekend aboard will be a traditional cream tea (cream on top!) back at our berth on the river in Fowey.


VoyageSet SailDaysCost p/p
Sailing the Cornish Coast26 September 20194Was £550Now £495Enquire now

Bessie Ellen

Guest berths: 12 Rig: Gaff Rigged Ketch

Bessie Ellen offers quality sailing holidays on board a classic tall ship with over 100 years of history, and is now one of the last West Country trading ketches.

This ship worked through both world wars during the last era of wind-powered trade, when ships like Bessie were seen all over England. She is featured on the National Historic Ships Register, which identifies her as a historic vessel that needs to be conserved.

Now, her working life is very different, and she spends her days cruising around British and Spanish waters, offering sailing holidays. With an experienced and hospitable crew, Bessie Ellen provides her guests with a comfortable and authentic tall ship experience. Skipper Nikki occasionally nods back to Bessie’s past by loading her up with cargo for ocean passages, transporting beer from Harbour Brewery and making the most out of the emission free transport that Bessie offers.

Sail with Bessie Ellen and Nikki, around Cornwall, the Hebrides, St. Kilda and the Canary Islands, and not only enjoy sailing aboard a tall ship, but experience unique coastlines, abundant wildlife, and excellent food. While enjoying all of this you will also be able to feel smug about having such an environmentally friendly holiday, as Nikki tries to be as green as possible in every aspect of her journeys – everything down to providing guests with toiletries that are microbead free, and so don’t harm the marine life.

Choose from weekend breaks, weeklong trips, or 10 day explorations for a truly unforgettable holiday.

More about Bessie Ellen


  • What language is spoken on board?

    English is the main language spoken, however on occasion we have crew onboard who are multilingual.

  • What are the sleeping arrangements?

    There are 12 comfortable berths in the former cargo hold. This is an open plan area that is also used for meals and relaxing

  • Are meals included?

    Yes - and we pride ourselves on the quality of food served!

  • 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 the know how to or not.

  • Can I charge my phone or camera?

    Yes. We run generators every day in the morning and evening, which run the 240 volt system of normal 3 pin sockets.

  • Do I have to do watches?

    During a passage crossings you may be asked to be part of our watch rota, this is not compulsory but is definitely part of boat life that guests enjoy when at sea for long periods.

  • Will there be time to get off the boat?

    Yes on most of our trips we try and explore the areas we are sailing around each day, except for passage crossings where of course we are at sea for most of the voyage.


From: Fowey

To: Fowey