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Sailing Weekends - Great Gifts

photo: Breathe in the sense of history on Brixham Trawler Provident, built in 1924

Our Sailing Weekends – Great Gifts

Sailing Weekends UK

Classic Sailing currently offer more short tasters and weekend sailing breaks on classic boats and tall ships than any other UK boat operator so we hope our website will be your first port of call whenever you want to escape 21st Century life ashore.  We have many themed voyages combining sailing with other interests and activities from marine art courses to basking shark spotting.

Weekend Sailing Schedule

Sail weekend as a gift or special event?

Classic Sailing aims to create memorable adventure experiences afloat, whether they are a sail weekend or 52 day ocean epic. We don’t actively seek the hen and stag party types but we do genuinely provide short breaks that make great gifts, whether you send a loved one away to enjoy a sailing weekend, or book a whole boat for a bunch of friends. Our ‘booze cruises’ are where you have all earnt your pint by rowing under sweeping oak trees to a waterside pub or sailing to a remote Scottish port where you can impress the locals with your days story.  Often we have no need to go ashore – happy enjoying a glass of wine, freshly cooked supper and our own company on a characterful wooden boat.

Classic Sailing also sell gift vouchers that your friend or family member can use on any of our vessels from tall ships to 38ft pilot cutters. The gift voucher lasts for 3 years and can be of any value, but £399 would cover most 3 day sailing weekend breaks and £150 would currently buy a tall ship day sail.  For any present we will create a customised birthday card and brochure package for you to give to the recipient.

more on our gift vouchers and choosing a sailing weekend as a gift

Yacht Sailor? Try something different for the weekend

Experienced yachtswomen and men regularly come for a refreshing sailing weekend break on our traditional vessels. It is a great pose to 'own a classic boat' for a few days. Not only are they fun and physical to sail, Eve, Eda, and Agnes are rather show stopping when they come into port, and it is nice to get admiring looks out on the water. Many of our customers come just to experience gaff rig sailing as a change from modern yachts. Even if you are a fanatical yacht or dinghy racer and sail weekends already, just sneak away for a bit of working boat ‘street cred’. We run from March to November.

Travel Journalist Andrew Eames features a sailing weekend break on Eve of St Mawes as one of his more memorable escapes in his book "Something Different For the Weekend" 

Eve of St Mawes wide decks to sumbathe onAll Inclusive Alternative Weekends - Leave the car behind

The beauty of our sailing weekends is that we provide a mini adventure in an unusual environment that appeal to both sailors and newcomers to living on a boat. There are so many experiences thrown in that they always feel like you have been away for more than a few days.

All you need to do is book and turn up with enough clothing for an active outdoor weekend and a sleeping bag. We provide accommodation on board, waterproofs if you need them, 3 freshly cooked meals (special diets catered for), full instruction and a skippers view of our local coastline, wildlife and maritime history. You provide the human power and teamwork to sail our inspiring vessels to the next destination under sail. The planet will thank you too for leaving the car behind for a few days.

A Weekend Sailing Break Near You

 We have vessels strategically based in the best sailing areas around the UK - Southern Cornwall (Eve of St Mawes and Eda Frandsen), Western Scotland (Lizzie May) & the Solent (Annabel J). All three areas have a great mix of exciting coastal sailing and more sheltered tidal waters to explore.  A cutter has a gaff rigged mainsail, topsail and up to 3 headsails so there is plenty to learn.

 A Sailing Weekend on a Historic Ship

Brixham Sailing Trawlers Leader (1892) and Provident (1924) and West Country Trading Ketch Bessie Ellen (1904) are all working craft on the UK National Historic Ships Register.  Classic Sailing believe the best way to conserve our maritime heritage is for the general public to able to sail on these historic ships.  Bessie Ellen has worked for a living for 107 years so you can escape from yours at the weekend !  A weekend sailing these ships is like gold dust as they normally sail 6 day or longer voyages.

Sailing Weekend Themes – from Artists voyages to Basking Sharks

Eve of St Mawes in Cornwall has the most variety in themed three day breaks throughout the year.  Regular multi activity voyages include:

  • SAIL-WALK-ROW breaks where we take our 15ft wooden rowing boat on forays ashore from the ‘mother ship’ Eve.  The South West Coast Path is nearby every anchorage, so we squeeze in some walking too.
  • Pure Wind Challenge - The crew try and survive the weekend without reaching for the engine switch (not as easy as it sounds but great fun). 
  • Painting & Photography Workshops afloat - Eve skipper Debbie is keen on art and photography so a few times a year we bring a specialist teacher on board to run workshops during a sailing weekend.
  • Marine Wildlife Voyages in Cornwall & Scotland - In May or June the seas warm up and basking sharks and other marine live start a bit of a feeding frenzy off the Cornish Coast.  
  • ‘Fresh, Green & Wild’ foodie voyages - give you a chance to enjoy local seafood and organic Cornish produce from Cusgarne Organics. 

Lonley Planet Magazine - Best Weekend CourseLonely Planet Travel Magazine –Voted one of 10 Best Weekend Courses

Classic Sailing was selected by Lonely Planet Magazine under the category 10 Best Weekend Courses for 2010. We are rather pleased to be in their overall list of 52 best weekends away too, although some of these are really pushing the boundary of what you can do in a 'weekend'

Our pilot cutter 2-3 day sailing weekends on Eve of St Mawes and Agnes in Cornwall, Lizzie May in Western Scotland and Annabel J in the Solent are featured in the Lonely Planet magazine January 2010 issue.

Pilot Cutter Short Breaks - voyage descriptions, dates and prices

Tall Ship Day Sails

Have you always wanted to sail a tall ship, or you do you know a friend who would love a tall ship experience as part of a sailing weekend? The weekend dates fill up faster than mid week so don't leave it too late to book.

You can sign on as crew for a day sail from as little as £140. Day sails make great gifts for friends or relatives who have the 'sea in their blood.'

Many people have a romantic desire to go to sea on a tall ship, but they often wrongly assume they have left it too late in life to fufill their dream.  As long as you are reasonably healthy you can take part in setting sail and steering a magnificent sailing ship on a day sail. There is no upper age limit for Lord Nelson and Tenacious (we think the record stands at aged 99) and you can take younger members of the family for a day out too with minimum age of 12. Everyone has the chance to go aloft, but it is not compulsory.

Tall Ship Day Sails - Dates and Prices


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Enjoy a Sailing weekend break onboard Annabel J - 67ft pilot cutter with enough room for 8 crew

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