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Pegasus - Pilot Cutter

Pegasus – Pilot Cutter

Pegasus is a relatively new wooden cutter launched in 2008 and modelled on the designs of the famous Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters. Designed by Ed Burnett and built by The Bristol Classic Boat Co. At 56ft long on deck and 74ft overall, Pegasus is elegant, luxurious and fast, with beautiful wooden decks and acres of cream sails. Pegasus has raced competitively in the International Tall Ships’ Races, and small tall ships races.  She joins the Classic Sailing fleet for the first time with a couple of cracking maritime events for adult crew. Pegasus will be racing with guest crew at our own annual event - The Pilot Cutter Review 2017. She will also be proving the famous seaworthy capabilities of Bristol Channel pilot cutters by heading accross the English Channel to Paimpol 2017 - 'Chant du Marin'

Pegasus Sailing Schedule- voyage descriptions, dates and prices

What Pegasus does Best

Pegasus was built from new as a youth sail training vessel that would be both exciting and seaworthy for young crews, but also be eye catching enough to turn heads at every port she graced. Since 2008 she has given many young people a great sense of pride to be sailing and navigating such a good looking vessel. Many adult spectactors have watched he sail past with envy, but now you can sail on her for a few choice events for adult crew with plenty of hands on sailing.

She has proven herself as a spacious and elegant cruising boat too, with her 'Folk Boat' charters where famous folk singer and instrumentalist Phil Beer ('Show of Hands') hired Pegasus for several weeks a year to run music workshops with many a cracking music session below decks.

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Her incredibly patient skipper Craig and mate Dan look forward to offering these adventure cruises, with plenty of opportunity to really showcase what Pegasus can do, as a sabbatical from their busy youth work schedule.  As with most sail training skippers that work with teenagers and young people with disabilities and special needs, they are excellent and inventive in how they communicate and teach sailing. If you want a well organised deck with a crew very used to explaining the ropes and manoeuvres, then Pegasus would be a great choice to race on or go on your first offshore passage.

Destinations - Pilot Cutter Review

The Isles of Scilly hold a Pilot Gig World Championships every year, so in 2006 Classic Sailing decided to do the same for pilot cutters. The first event was cheekily called the Pilot Cutter World Championships and was an instant success. The gathering of pilot cutters has happened every year since and now typically attracts 10-15 original and replica pilot cutters. You don't need any experience to take part as guest crew, but you do need to be willing to actively take part in the sail handling because there is a lot of tacking and well as the great photography opportunities. The welcome party is in Fowey, followed by a parade of sail out the harbour and down the coast to St Mawes Bay. St Mawes Bay is a perfect amphitheatre to showcase this extraordinary fleet. Ideal in the early season when a dozen large pilot cutters have room to anchor under the protection of St Mawes Castle. There is two days of racing in the relatively sheltered waters of Falmouth Harbour with great social events for the crews. 

Destinations - Brittany and Paimpol Shanty Festival

The French put on spectacular festivals and this is one of their best. Paimpol is a historic fishing port which is centred around a central dock, so it creates a great stage for a maritime festival. This bi annual event in the Gulf of St Malo is much more than celebrating wooden boats and shanties. Traditional music from around the world comes together to celebrate seafaring culture and tell great stories through music, singing and dance. The festival certainly has plenty of shanty singing but there is also an amazing range of music from Moroccan singers to Brazillian drum bands or ancient Breton dancing. It is not all men in beards!


Sailing Style and Accommodation

Built by the Bristol Classic Boat Co. on Redcliffe Wharf by the Rolt brothers, Pegasus was launched to great applause in May 2008. A very strong construction of oak frames and larch planking, with highly coveted bronze knees, she is a sea worthy vessel, rigged as a gaff cutter. She is simple to sail with a fine hull and long keel that makes her smooth and steady through the water. She was designed with sail training and novice crews in mind. She is light and spacious below deck, with great cooking facilities and living accommodation.



What's Included

  • Sailing Instruction                                                                                             
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses) 
  • Pillows
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day. 

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • You need to bring a sleeping bag
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Pegasus Sailing Schedule - Descriptions, Prices and dates

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