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The Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review

This event is organised by ourselves, with a lot of help from local businesses and St Mawes Sailing Club as Race Co-Ordinators, St Mawes Pier & Harbour Company and Fowey Harbour Commissioners, other sponsors as hosts and the pilot cutter owners themselves. Many of the vessels are owned by private owners but Eve of St Mawes and Annabel J are both charter vessels so you can become race crew on either pilot cutter for this event. If you book early enough you can bring a group and charter the whole boat or both. St Austell Brewery are very kind sponsors - with Tribute Beer for crews.

The Pilot Cutter Review will follows a similar format each year, but we are always looking for ways of making it more fun for the crews. In 2015 the dates are:

Thurs 21st May - Mon 25th May 2015

What is a pilot cutter ? a historical explanation

St Mawes Village  Eve of St Mawes and St Anthony Lighthouse by Derek Holman- Home to the Pilot Cutters

Do I need experience ?... and is racing really fun for novices ?

No you do not need experience to race on a charter boat. Yes, it is an adrenalin buzz sailing in close quarters with other powerful pilot cutters, but we aim to keep them intact as we have a whole season to sail. Our skippers spend every week of the year sailing with a different bunch of complete novices or sailors who have never been on a traditional boat before.  We always create time before race events to train you up. Our skipper rarely shout as their livelihood and profesionalism is dependant on being nice to sailing guests and communicating well.  If they do shout in the heat of the moment it is usually because they have made a less than perfect decision and they will be deeply embarassed and likely to apologise as soon as they can !

Sail a pilot cutter at the Pilot Cutter Review - Voyage Description, dates & prices

Photos, Movies & Articles from previous Pilot Cutter Reviews

Georgia's first sail on Eve at the pilot Cutter Review

Report and photos on 2009 Pilot Cutter Review and the crew parties ashore.

Race Results & You Tube video of Pilot Cutter Review 2011

link to do: Recent Classic Boat Magazine Article on 2009 Pilot Cutter Review by Mike Smiley

 

Picture courtesy of Allan Sinclair

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