Grayhound - Three masted lugger & privateer
Three Masted Lugger Grayhound
Come sailing on the first three masted lugger to have been built in Britain for 200 years! Grayhound can take up to nine guest crew who will all take an active part in sailing this unique and wonderful ship. Grayhound welcomes everyone and anyone, from families, solo sailors, couples and beginners, to adventurous individuals. Her exciting programme is always full of interesting voyages with unusual twists!
Jump onboard for a day sail, a short taster or a very special holiday sailing to the Isles of Scilly where you will be well looked after by Marcus, Freya and their young son as you are welcomed into their home. For a more unusual adventure, Grayhound also specialises in Sail Cargo trips where you can sign on as voyage crew to help transport goods across the channel and along the west coast of France. Trade under sail is currently in the midst of an exciting revival and you will be safe in the knowledge that your holiday will have minimal effect on the environment, treading as lightly as possible on the planets resources.
1776 Privateer & Family Run Business
Grayhound is a remarkable replica vessel with the sail plan of an 18th Century privateer: She is also the flagship of a fresh faced adventure holiday company and a family home to the couple that built her and their young son.
Co-founders of this Cornish based business Marcus and Freya have already achieved the Herculean task of building a 65ft ocean going lugger between 2010 and 2012, drawing in supporters from around the world. Read more about Marcus and Freya.
Proven Ocean Going Sailing Ship
In her first charter season Grayhound took guest crew to Northern Spain, Canaries and Cape Verde, then across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. She raced in Antigua Classics and crossed the Atlantic again for a sell-out 2014 summer season in her home waters of Cornwall and the Scillies, as well as participating in the Falmouth - Greenwich Tall Ships Race.
In 2015 she entertained guests in the West Country and France, and the birth of cargo voyages to and from the French ports of Douarnenez and Nantes was born. In 2016 her successful season of charter and cargo trips have inspired even more in 2017, she will be looking to sail across to the Caribbean in the winter 2017 so get in touch if you want to know more!
A word on Cargo Carrying voyages.
These voyages are still a sailing holiday, but the emphasis is more on active and adventurous voyage crew who take part in all aspects of the sailing and delivering of cargo under sail.
On the longer trips across the channel, there will be a watch systems, night sailing and navigation responsibilities, not to mention sail handling, trimming, hoisting, lowering, steering and laying anchor/coming alongside. All meals and snacks are included, as well as all waterproof clothing, safety equipment and bed linen.
These voyages are an amazing experience and are significantly cheaper than the usual seven day voyages to reflect the loading and unloading of cargo at each port.
Next Ocean Going Adventure to Caribbean
Grayhound was built for ocean cruising with charter guests. Freya and Marcus are up for it potentially in 2017...but are you? If you want to do a Trans-Atlantic trade wind crossing or island hop in the Caribbean on Grayhound, then do tell us, so we can create the voyages that you want.
What Grayhound Does Best
Freya and Marcus enjoy hosting guests from all walks of life, cooking healthy food for everyone, having interesting company on board, some music playing on deck and a glass of wine in hand. As a family they love sailing, rowing and exploring ashore. They can give you plenty of attention and show you their favourite places as they are ably assisted by an experienced deckhand and up to two keen trainees.
Two Rowing Gigs as Ships Boats
The beauty of lots of deck space is you can have proper ships boats. Grayhound crews rowed out to join the ship, brought fresh provisions on board, landed on tropical islands and swam in turquoise seas - all without the use of a noisy outboard engine for two years. They now have two identical mini gig boats so you can even have rowing races ashore.
Grayhound Sailing Holidays for Families
At 108ft overall and three masts Grayhound is quite a big vessel that can accommodate two families easily. Malachi grew up on the ship and is almost 6 years old (2016) so Freya and Marcus are not phased by children of any age coming on holiday. In fact they believe Grayhound is the perfect environment for the young and young at heart to get stuck in to a load of new experiences and hands on sailing.
Sailing Lugger Style - What to Expect
Grayhound has a huge bowsprit and outrigger so her total sparred length is 108ft. With all canvas set her 3500 square foot of sail can drive her fast hull at speeds over 14 knots. The main and foremast carry large lug sails and above that topsails and t’gallants can be hoisted. Unlike a square rigger this lugger is no slouch to windward. She has proved a thrill to race at festivals from Looe to Antigua, but the beauty of this lug rig is its versatility.
There are no booms at deck level. Her lug sails can be reefed. Her sail balance allows her to sail without a jib on the bowsprit. The sails are no heavier to hoist than our other gaffers but hoisting the topsail and t’gallant yards requires well-co-ordinated teamwork.
Below Decks Accommodation
The interior of Grayhound is like a home that expects to have guests. Not cluttered, but relaxed and welcoming. It has featured in Coast Magazine so that is a good hint that the interior is a bit special. The internal spaces are very well thought out, with a great deal of flexibility to accommodate all sorts of guest crew mixes, family life and a professional crew.
Freya's Galley - Heart of the Ship
Whilst Marcus is the Captain, Freya is also a qualified Skipper, ocean Yachtmaster and Mum. More importantly, she is the full time cook onboard and she does it because she loves creating great meals and so you can have a relaxing holiday without having to cook!
Freya prefers to cook with fresh local ingredients and cares where food comes from - whether it is a French Market or a local producer she has got to know. Typically guests enjoy big bowls of pasta and very colourful salads, quiches, seafood, curries and roasts during the summer.
"This year we are pleased to say we will only be cooking with Free Range Chicken and Eggs and trying to source locally grown produce, cheese and meats wherever possible. We do enough fishing to feed ourselves and no more!"
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