Cornwall Sailing Holidays
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Any sailing break on Eve of St Mawes, Bessie Ellen, Agnes, or Eda Frandsen is suitable for beginners. They are also popular with experienced sailors who come for a refreshing break, or to learn about gaff rig. We create 3 day voyages in many flavours from women only weekends to basking shark specials.
There are also some longer Cornish sailing voyages on Agnes, Bessie Ellen, Grayhound and Eda which provide the chance to sail further along the coast and visit more locations. There is plenty of active sailing with a rare chance to get away from the pressures of modern life and be more in tune with your natural surroundings. You will gain sailing skills but less formally than our RYA courses. With three masted lugger Grayhound you can now learn how to sail a lugger in Cornish waters.
If you are in a hurry to escape computers, e mails, traffic hassle then you can fly to Cornwall Newquay from London City Airport or other major cities for as little as £29 and jump in a taxi and be aboard in only a few hours. Many of our customers drive down to Cornwall and combine sailing with a few extra days surfing, visiting art galleries, walking the coast path, art classes in St Ives or even viewing boats to buy !
In the 19th Century St Mawes was famous as the home port for many Falmouth registered pilot cutters. Eve may be a recently built pilot cutter but the village is very proud of her. It all helps to give you a warm welcome and the locals are always keen to hear about your adventures when you return.
St Mawes has a long history of wooden boatbuilding and the Peters yard was famous for building the best six oared pilot gigs in Cornwall. In 2009 the Roseland Gig Club girls won the World Championships - an event with 120 gig boats racing - so give them a cheer when the row past.
In Summer you will also see many Falmouth Oyster Boats racing with their colourful jackyard topsails. From the 1st of October each year the oyster dredging season starts - a rare sustainable fishery where the oysters must be fished under sail or oar alone. It is an evocative sight if you sail late or early season so bring a camera.
Also sailing in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is her bigger pilot cutter 'sister' Agnes who will sail from Falmouth and further afield offering short and longer voyages. This year we will also be joined by beautiful gaff cutter Eda Frandsen for early and late summer voyages along the Cornish coast and across the channel to Brittany.
Cornish Voyages are filling fast so please ring on 01872 580022 if you want to reserve a place.
The Atlantic Ocean and the remoteness of Cornwall brings its own special rewards; Oaks are twisted by the winds and adorned with lichens - a sign of crystal clear air quality. Unpolluted seas and the warm Gulf Stream provide unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins, whales and basking sharks. Gales often bring in diving gannets, tiny storm petrels, guillemots, razorbills, terns and even puffins.
The Fal and Helford Estuaries are designated as 'Special Areas of Marine Interest ' and St Mawes Bay and Helford are Voluntary Marine Nature Reserves. Breeding seals hide in sea caves and the drowned river valleys or rias have dense oak woodlands with branches sweeping down to deep green waters. At low tide the mudflats are home to egrets, oystercatchers, wading birds, otters and at night from your bunk you can hear owls hooting in the darkness.
Our skippers have learned from many local wildlife guides who have sailed as guest lecturers on board Eve. Regular skipper Debbie was one of the first boat operator to become a (WiSe) wildlife safe operator - a training scheme that has now gone nationwide.
Eve's offers 3 day SAIL WALK ROW voyages that are designed with novices and newcomers to sailing in mind and appeal to those who particularly like a holiday with plenty of fresh air, healthy exercise and great food. By combining half day sailing with a chance to stretch your legs ashore you can experience the best of both worlds, whilst working up a great appetite. Wherever we go our 15ft rowing boat ‘No. 8’ takes us to the magnificent SW coast path and access to coastal woodlands, wild headlands and historic fishing harbours. In terms of the sailing there is no experience needed and the skipper will break you into a whole new language of sailing terms and show you what ropes you need to pull and why !
On all three vessels, the emphasis is on a holiday afloat, with plenty of activity involved in sailing the boat, combined with the chance to explore ashore along Cornwall or Devon’s rugged and varied coastline. You will live onboard - the wind dictates whether we sail East or West. The skippers and crew are all local on Eda, Eve and Agnes and have extensive knowlegde of the Cornish coastline, as well asmany wildlife haunts, caves and coves, pubs worth walking inland for and spectacular viewpoints.
Exploring ashore is part of why we sail. We want to share the delights of unspoilt Cornwall with you. Assisted greatly by the presence of the South West Coast Path,an opportunity exists at almost every anchorage. Wander amongst bluebell woods, take photos from the cliff tops, or escape autumn gales at sea and hug a tree." The highlight of the voyage was quietly rowing back to Eve, the stars above, the owl nearby and phosphorescence in our wake – Magic! "
From St Mawes or Falmouth it’s easy to sail into Falmouth Bay - one of the biggest natural harbours in the world. We might go south west past the Manacles to small fishing villages like Cadgwith or Coverack, or further afield around the Lizard to Penzance, Newlyn and St Michaels Mount. The Helford estuary is great for an evening row to a pub and a return in the dark with stars above and phosphorescence in the water below. Eastwards, blast between famous headlands like The Dodman and Gribben, anchor off National Trust beaches or make a dramatic entrance into Fowey. In wilder weather there are plenty more sheltered options within the deep water inlets of the Fal.
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