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Eve of St Mawes - Pilot Cutter

Eve of St Mawes - Pilot Cutter

Eve owes her heritage to the pilot cutters of the Isles of Scilly. Rugged and versatile craft built to withstand the rigours of the Western Approaches in comfort and safety; these little ships were fast, weatherly and immensely strong. Built in 1997 by Luke Powell of Working Sail, many people mistake Eve for an old boat; such is the sense of history within her solid new timbers. Constructed entirely traditionally from the best materials available, Eve was built to last. She has been admired, photographed and written about countless times.

Eve's Sailing Schedule - all voyages, dates and prices


Eve is our 'Flagship'

Eve is the only boat that Classic Sailing actually owns and she is a great ambassador for the company. The rest of the fleet are owned by dedicated individuals or organisations who sail their own boats with a passion but share a similar ethos to us. 

We painted Eve's hull a distinctive blue to match the vibrant colours of the sea in her home waters - Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly and Brittany.  Our ethos of 'Adventure Afloat and Exploration Ashore' and love of wildlife is a thread that runs through many of the voyages we offer, but on Eve we have developed it into a distinctive style of adventure charter voyage.

Sailing Style - 'very hands on'

A hard working and plucky ship earning her keep, Eve offers block and tackle sailing on an intimate scale. On deck you have a boat only 38’ long that beginners can throw around easily for RYA teaching, but the beauty of a bowsprit is that she can also spread her wings.

Under full canvas from overhanging boom to bowsprit cap she becomes a 51’ cutter – able to set 5 sails, keep experienced sailors very busy and create quite a spectacle around the small ports and harbours of Cornwall, Brittany and the Scillies.

Eve is large enough to accommodate 6 in comfort and carry enough resources to sail independently of marinas, yet small enough to do some serious creek crawling. She fits perfectly into the secluded anchorages and out of the way corners of her playground.

Customer Testimonials

Whilst Eve can only take 6 guest crew, she is a very busy boat and has taken over 3500 people sailing since her launch.  Adam and Debbie offer the continuity as skippers and passionate owners, but we have had some far more talented skippers over the last 16 years who either still come back as guest skippers or have been inspired to run similar vessels. See the many customer comments we have received over the years.

Scilly Island Hopping & Wildlife Adventures

Eve's design is based on the Scillonian cutters of the 19th Century so she is well loved in the Isles of Scilly. We have been visiting the islands each summer since 1997.

Seals play in the swirling kelp forests, flowers flourish in walled fields and the locals go about their daily business by boat. This is a paradise governed by the wind, waves and tide. Exploring the islands on Eve offers an intensive lesson in practical seamanship and navigation for adventurous beginners and experienced sailors alike. The passage from St Mawes, around the Lizard, past the lonely sentinel of Wolf Rock and way out west beyond Lands End, can be challenging or totally benign. The Atlantic Ocean frequently rewards you with sightings of dolphins, pilot whales, sunfish and basking sharks, revealing your destination in tantalising stages as each island becomes distinctive on the horizon.

Once nestled in an anchorage, our landing stage is usually a beach so bare feet and sandals are the order of the day. The pace of life is so relaxed it can take a few days to adjust to this small scale world. At first our crews stride out to circumnavigate an island, but after a few hours you will be happy beachcombing, sketching or snoozing amongst the sea pinks. With over a dozen anchorages in the archipelago to choose from and the ever changing Atlantic Ocean all around, no Scillies trip is ever the same.

Eve's favourite anchorages

Eve of St Mawes Isles of Scilly voyage dates & prices

"I enjoyed our trip to the Scillies so much. We had great weather, an exciting fast sail to St Agnes. The Cove was just beautiful." - Sarah

Eve Short Cornish Breaks -Where do we go in 3 days?

From Eve’s mooring in St Mawes it’s easy to sail into Falmouth Bay - one of the biggest natural harbours in the world. We might go south west past the Manacles to small fishing villages like Cadgwith or Coverack, or further afield around the Lizard to Penzance, Newlyn and St Michaels Mount. The Helford estuary is great for an evening row to a pub and a return in the dark with stars above and phosphorescence in the water below. Eastwards, Eve can blast between famous headlands like The Dodman and Gribben, anchor off National Trust beaches or make a dramatic entrance into Fowey. In wilder weather there are plenty more sheltered options within the deep water inlets of the Fal.

Cornwall Escape - Eve's Themed Voyages

Any short break on Eve is suitable for beginners. They are also popular with experienced sailors who come for a refreshing break, or to learn about gaff rig.

We create 3 day voyages in many flavours from:- Sailing and Walking, Pure Wind Power Challenge where we try not to use the engine at all; sketching, painting and sailing voyages with an artist to inspire you; organic food and seafood specials; marine photography workshops; women only weekends, beach clean ups; basking shark spotting, or sailing during many classic boat and tall ship events that come to Cornwall.

Active Holiday and Learn to Sail

Or if that all sounds too much multi tasking just come on one of our many 3 day voyages without a particular theme and we'll go with the flow. There is plenty of active sailing with a rare chance to get away from the pressures of modern life. You will gain sailing skills but less formally than a RYA course.

Eves 3 day breaks in Cornwall - dates and prices

Epics Under Oar with Number 8

One of Eve's greatest assets for local sailing voyages is her 15ft clinker rowing boat called Number 8. We have already worn out our original much loved ships tender and now have a newly commissioned 'number 8' built by Peter Williams of Bodinnick Boatyard.  If the weather is suitable we take her on most our 3 day voyages so we can go on mini rowing expeditions to explore Cornwall's varied coastline and tidal creeks.  We have special SAIL WALK ROW voyages where we specifically combine sailing with rowing forays to quays and tiny coves and spend part of the day walking the best bits of the South West Coast Path.

Pilot Cutter Racing & Classic Boat Events

Classic Sailing organises an annual Pilot Cutter Regatta. Sometimes called The Pilot Cutter World Championships by the locals, this gathering of traditional replicas, restorations and original pilot cutters is a spectacular sight in the small historic ports of Fowey and St Mawes.

You can help us race Eve valiantly and enjoy our famous waterside parties with a mix of charter crews, boatbuilders, sail makers, artists, dogs and owners.  This is not a brass polishing and varnish comparing event !

Also sail Eve during other photographically wonderful events like Pendennis Super Yacht cup or J class yacht racing in Falmouth.  All summer you will see Falmouth Oyster Boats racing with their colourful topsails.  Falmouth is a mecca for gaff rigged boats.

Further afield we regularly take Eve to the best traditional boat and music events in Europe including Brest Festival of the Sea, Douarnenez, Paimpol Shanty Festival and Tall Ship Race Events.  The choice varies each year and we chose the more active ones and have cruising adventures on the way.

Sail Eve at Festivals and Events - voyage dates and prices

RYA Courses on Eve

Eve's Sailing School is a recognised RYA Training Centre with a difference. We teach on classic boats with a bowsprit.  Our courses are mostly 6 days long rather than the minimum 5 days some schools offer. We will equip you with both traditional skills for classic boats and tall ships as well as make sure you have the full range of modern yacht skills so you have many 'strings to your bow'.  Classic Sailing offer Competent Crew, Day Skipper Practicaland a Yachtmaster exam preparation course on Eve. You can gain Yachtmaster 60 mile qualifying passages on Isles of Scilly or Brittany voyages on Eve.

More details on our RYA Courses, RYA syllabus and training

Eve's RYA Course Schedule - Dates & Prices

St Mawes - Home of the Pilot Cutters

In the 19th Century St Mawes was famous as the home port for many Falmouth registered pilot cutters and for building the best six oared pilot gigs in Cornwall. Eve may be a recently built pilot cutter but the village is very proud of her. It all helps to give you a warm welcome and the locals are always keen to hear about your adventures when you return.

More on St Mawes - seafaring village and home port

"Throughly enjoyed the holiday. It was a real escape. I pretend I'm on the boat at home. I haven't slept so well for a long time! " Liz L

Boat Specification & Accommodation

Eve is 38ft long on deck and 51ft long with her bowsprit. She can take upto 6 guest crew with a skipper and is both a licenced RYA Sailing School boat and certified by the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency for charter upto 60 miles from a safe haven.

More on Eve's lovely dimensions, equipment and layout

For photos and more on Eve's Accommodation Below Decks

Eve's Skippers

Eve is such a lovely boat to sail, even our former skippers like to come back as guest skippers from time to time. 

Read more about our skippers - profiles with photos

Voyage Fees include

All meals, sailing tuition, waterproofs, port fees, wildlife guides were arranged, pillows and pillowcases.

Involvement level: full hands on sailing, navigation if you wish and washing up.

Whole Boat Prices

If you want to book the whole boat you need to ring to reserve the dates you require as early as possible. Our sailing schedule is principally aimed at individuals - who can book on any voyage not yet reserved. 6 go for the price of 5 on any available voyage in Eve's published programme.

Group Booking ideas - short breaks for special birthdays, Pilot Cutter Racing, women only voyages with female skipper, RYA courses 



" Nobody would have guessed this as a brand new vessel.The feeling of history inherent in these vessels was present in Eve" Classic Boat Magazine 1997  

"Eve is a beautiful boat, outside and in, and the all wood construction adds a charm distinctly lacking in most modern boats - real character " - Rob. M

"Get away from hectic 21st century life on Eve of St Mawes and be more in tune with your natural surroundings"

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