Sail across the English Channel with pilot cutter Agnes as she spends a week exploring the coast of Brittany.
Join pilot cutter Agnes in Falmouth, Cornwall as she sets her sails from one Celtic coast to another.
Sailing across the English Channel, you will head for the North coast of Brittany in France. The exact locations and a rough itinerary will be available at a later date but rest assured Agnes has spend many years exploring this beautiful coast, so she and the crew know it well. Explore sleepy seaside towns and enjoy hidden anchorages away from the tourist hustle and bustle.
The French coast is well known for its cuisine and freshly caught sea-food so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to wander ashore and explore the traditional Breton markets and towns.
This rugged coastline is best seen by boat with many lighthouses and landmarks to be spotted. Keep your binoculars at the ready for local marine wildlife. Dolphins can often be found in the wake of the bow and if you get close enough to shore, watch out for the inquisitive common seal. Birdlife along the coast is rife, birds of prey will soar and gull colonies can be heard even a couple of miles out to sea. Read more about the French coast here.
Guest berths: 6 Rig: Pilot Cutter
Agnes is a 46ft wooden pilot cutter, owned and built by Luke Powell in 2003 – the flagship of his boat-building company.
Traditionally rigged a gaff cutter, she has the ability to fly 5 sails, depending on the weather. She is tiller steered and all sails are pulled up manually, so there is plenty for the guests to get involved with if they so desire. She was built with a traditional oak frame and planked with Douglas fir mast and spars.
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.
Down below, you are welcomed into a cosy saloon with cushioned seating around a large table for all the guests and crew. There are six guest berths arranged around an open-plan cabin situated forward of the mast. She has one head, with a pull-out shower attachment for when we can’t get ashore.
The professional and friendly crew of two are always thoughtful hosts, effortlessly sharing a passion for sailing, discovering beautiful anchorages and feasting on freshly prepared meals. She will sail with a skipper, mate/cook and spends her 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 Agnes
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, Vegetarian, Dairy and Gluten Free diets can be accomodated. Please let us know at time of booking. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a Vegan menu.
What language is spoken onboard?
What are the sleeping arrangements?
6 berths in the open fore cabin
How many toilet/showers does she have?
1 bathroom with a pull out shower. Water is limited so on-shore showers are preferred.
Is there an age limit?
On public voyages yes, please check as each voyage is different. Any age is permitted on whole boat bookings.
Is there WIFI?
No, but you should easily be able to reach 3G/4G from the shore.
Can I charge my phone/Camera?
Are bedding and towels provided?
Bedding, yes - Towels, no
Are there life jackets provided?
Are Waterproofs provided?
Offshore sailing jackets/trousers are available from Agnes while sailing but please bring your own jacket for going 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.