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Sailing Breaks and Tasters - Introduction and Sailing Holiday List

Sailing Breaks:  A great selection of 1- 4 day voyages

Any day sail, weekend break or 3-4 day short voyage on our traditional boats and tall ships make an ideal taster experience for beginners. If it’s your first voyage you will not be expected to understand all that goes on immediately.  There is full training throughout the voyage but as guest crew you are learning by doing - so its fun and you hardly notice the steep learning curve. In no time at all you will be pulling on ropes and taking an active part in all the sailing as if you had been sailing for years. Classic Sailing currently offer more short breaks on classic boats and tall ships than any other UK traditional boat operator so we hope our website will be your first port of call whenever you want to escape 21st Century life ashore.

Classic Sailing Short Breaks - All Vessels - descriptions, dates & prices

Why Short Breaks Beat Day Sails

eve with bone in her teethYacht Sailor? Try something different for the weekend

Experienced yachtswomen and men regularly come for a refreshing sailing break on our pilot cutters. It is a great pose to 'own a classic boat' for a few days. Not only are they fun and physical to sail, Pilot Cutters Eve, Agnes, Lizzie May,  and Annabel J 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.
It is also rather satisfying to be crew on something larger than your average ocean going yacht.  In size order we have short breaks on impressive gaff cutter Eda Frandsden and then getting bigger, three masted lugger Grayhound, Schooners Hildur and Haukur in Iceland, Brixham Sailing Trawlers Provident and Leader and 1904 West Country trading ship Bessie Ellen. All these ships a originals or wooden replicas with loads of character and no more than 12 guest crew, so everyone feels part of the action and able to approach the skippers and professional crew easily to learn new skills.

Lonely Planet Travel Magazine

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 breaks on Eve of St Mawes in Cornwall, Lizzie May in Western Scotland and Annabel J in the Solent are featured in the Lonely Planet magazine January 2010 issue.

In Cornwall Eve of St Mawes has been developing short breaks for the longest of all our fleet. Eve runs her classic 3 day tasters and themed breaks from Sailing and Painting holidays to Wind Power Challenge - sailing without an engine, Sailing and Walking combinations, marine photography workshops, Women go Wild, Wild Swimming, Beach cleans and wildlife spotting, gaff sailing master classes. Newest voyage is a Health and Fitness voyage - a sort of Nautical Boot Camp...not as scarey as it sounds.

Eve of St Mawes - Short Breaks in Cornwall- descriptions, dates and pricesl

A Sailing Break Near You

We have four pilot cutters strategically based in the best sailing areas around the UK - Southern Cornwall, Western Scotland & the Solent. All three areas have a great mix of exciting coastal sailing and more sheltered tidal waters to explore. Westcountry trading ketch Bessie Ellen sails a lot in the Westcountry this year offering day sails and short trips or join large gaff cutter Eda Frandsen in Cornwall for 2-3 day voyages. New 3 masted lugger Grayhound has a few day sails and weekend breaks available.

British Tall Ships Tenacious and Lord NelsonAll Inclusive Alternative Weekends

The beauty of our short breaks is that we provide a mini adventure in an unusual environment with 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 accomodation on board, waterproofs if you need them, 3 freshly cooked meals (special diets catered for), full instruction and a sailors 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.

Short UK Voyages on a Tall Ship

For a more authentic experience of life at sea on a proper large sailing ship you need to spend a night or two aboard, climb aloft to work the sails, experience an anchor watch or steer a sailing ship under the stars. We never seem to have enough short sailing breaks and weekends around the British Coast, so you do need to sign up early. You can become the crew on a tall ship for 2-4 days, sailing the coastline of Britain and often an overnight passage to a port in France, Ireland, Belgium or the Netherlands.

Classic Sailing holidays - a passion for wooden boats and tall ships.

Photo Description Departs Disembarks
Eve of St Mawes - EV010915 - 3 days Details
Now only £290 - SAVE £160 - Taste of Salt - Learn to sail a pilot cutter, swim off the boat, mess about in our ships rowing boat
Per Person | GBP £ 450.00 Offer! GBP £290.00 Limited places - Book Now
Tue, 01/09/2015 - 15:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Fri, 04/09/2015 - 09:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Eve of St Mawes - EV120915 - 3 days Details
Traditional Sailing Course
Per Person | GBP £ 395.00 Not available
Sat, 12/09/2015 - 15:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Tue, 15/09/2015 - 10:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Lord Nelson - LN880 - 5 Days Details
Lord Nelson - Autumn Solent Adventure
Per Person | GBP £ 595.00 Fully booked
Mon, 14/09/2015 - 13:00
Fri, 18/09/2015 - 13:00
Maybe - MA140915 - 3 Days Details
South Coast Voyage
18 to 25 years only | GBP £ 250.00 Available - Book Now
26 years old & over pp | GBP £280.00 | Available - Book Now
Mon, 14/09/2015 - 14:00
Fri, 18/09/2015 - 10:00
Agnes - AG2015/19 - 3 days Details
Agnes - Early Autumn Gourmet midweek break
Per Person | GBP £ 435.00 Available - Book Now
Tue, 15/09/2015 - 15:00
Falmouth, UK
Fri, 18/09/2015 - 15:00
Falmouth, UK
Eve of St Mawes - EV180915 - 4 days Details
4 day voyage for the price of 3 days. Help us on World Coastal Clean Up Day and still have 3 days sailing
Per Person | GBP £ 395.00 Available - Book Now
Fri, 18/09/2015 - 15:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Tue, 22/09/2015 - 10:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Maybe - MA190915 - 5 days Details
Maybe - Isles of Wight, Solent and South Coast Explorer.
18 to 25 years only | GBP £ 300.00 Available - Book Now
26 years old & over pp | GBP £350.00 | Available - Book Now
Sat, 19/09/2015 - 14:00
Thu, 24/09/2015 - 10:00
Agnes - AG2015/20 - 3 days Details
Agnes - Sail Only Voyage
Per Person | GBP £ 395.00 Not available
Sat, 19/09/2015 - 15:00
Falmouth, UK
Tue, 22/09/2015 - 15:00
Falmouth, UK
Lord Nelson - LN881 - 5 Days Details
Lord Nelson - Autumn Solent Adventure
Per Person | GBP £ 595.00 Not available
Mon, 21/09/2015 - 13:00
Fri, 25/09/2015 - 13:00
Eve of St Mawes - EV220915 - 3 days Details
Learn to Sail a Traditionally Rigged Pilot Cutter in Cornwall
Per Person | GBP £ 395.00 Available - Book Now
Tue, 22/09/2015 - 15:00
St Mawes, Cornwall
Fri, 25/09/2015 - 10:00
St Mawes, Cornwall


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