Grayhound - Three masted lugger & privateer
Three Masted Lugger Grayhound
Come sailing on the first three masted lugger to be built in Britain for 200 years. Grayhound can take up to nine guest crew who take an active part in the sailing. You can book as a group, as families, and as individuals and couples. In 2016, Freya and Marcus are focusing more on their cargo voyages, but also including their hugely popular Isles of Scilly voyages and a few daysails.
1776 Privateer & Family Run Business
Grayhound a remarkable new vessel with the sail plan of an 18th Century privateer: She is also the flagship of a fresh faced adventure holiday company, and a family home to the couple that built her and their young son.
Co founders of this Cornish based business Marcus and Freya have already achieved the Herculean task of building a 65ft ocean going lugger between 2010 and 2012, drawing in supporters from around the world. Read more about Marcus and Freya.
Proven Ocean Going Sailing Ship
In her first charter season Grayhound took guest crew to Northern Spain, Canaries and Cape Verde, then across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. She raced in Antigua Classics and crossed the Atlantic again for a sell out 2014 summer season in her home waters of Cornwall and the Scillies, as well as participating in the Falmouth - Greenwich Tall Ships Race.
In 2015 she entertained guests in the West Country and France, and she started carrying cargo to and from the French ports of Douarnenez and Nantes.
Where will She Sail in 2016 ?
Grayhound has a summer sailing season, exclusively from Devon and Cornish Ports, exploring the coastlines, small ports and anchorages they know so well, but also with cargo carrying voyages accross to France and island adventures in the Scillies.
A word on Cargo Carrying voyages.
These voyages are still a sailing holiday, but they have quite a strong work ethic attached to them and the emphasis is more on cargo than on charter.
You will be joining as crew, and will be expected to muck in more so than on regular charter voyages. There will be a watch system, and meals will be cooked for you. However, they will be less gourmet than Freya would serve for the more leisurley voyages to the Isles of Scilly.
We believe that these voyages will prove to be very popular, and fun, but you need to be fit, strong and be prepared for getting involved.
Next Ocean Going Adventure to Caribbean
Grayhound was built for ocean cruising with charter guests. Freya and Marcus are up for it potentially in 2017...but are you ? If you want to do a Trans Atlantic trade wind crossing or island hop in the Caribbean on Grayhound, then do tell us, so we can create the voyages that you want.
What Grayhound Does Best
Freya and Marcus enjoy hosting guests from all walks of life, cooking healthy food for everyone, having interesting company on board, some music playing on deck and a glass of wine in hand. As a family they love sailing, rowing and exploring ashore. They can give you plenty of attention and show you their favourite places ashore as they are ably assisted by an experienced deckhand and upto two keen trainees.
Two Rowing Gigs as Ships Boats
The beauty of lots of deck space is you can have proper ships boats. Grayhound crews rowed out to join the ship, brought fresh provisions on board, landed on tropical islands and swam in turquoise seas - all without the use of a noisy outboard engine for two years. In 2015 they now have two identical mini gig boats so you can even have rowing races ashore.
Grayhound Sailing Holidays for Families
At 108ft overall and three masts Grayhound is quite a big vessel that can accommodate two families easily. Malachi grew up on the ship and is only 4 now (2015) so Freya and Marcus are not fazed by children of any age coming on holiday. In fact they believe Grayhound is the perfect environment for the young and young at heart to get stuck in to a load of new experiences and hands on sailing.
Sailing Lugger Style - What to Expect
Grayhound has a huge bowsprit and outrigger so her total sparred length is 108ft. With all canvas set her 3500 square foot of sail can drive her fast hull at speeds over 14 knots. The main and foremast carry large lug sails and above that topsails and t’gallants can be hoisted. Unlike a square rigger this lugger is no slouch to windward. She has proved a thrill to race at festivals from Looe to Antigua, but the beauty of this lug rig is its versatility.
There are no booms at deck level. Her lug sails can be reefed. Her sail balance allows her to sail without a jib on the bowsprit. The sails are no heavier to hoist than our other gaffers but hoisting the topsail and t’gallant yards requires well co-ordinated teamwork.
Below Decks Accommodation
The interior of Grayhound is like a home that expects to have guests. Not cluttered but relaxed and welcoming. It has featured in Coast Magazine so that is a good hint that the interior is a bit special. The internal spaces are very well thought out, with a great deal of flexibility to accommodate all sorts of guest crew mixes, family life and a professional crew.
Freya's Galley - Heart of the Ship
Whilst Marcus is the skipper, Freya is also a qualified skipper, ocean yachtmaster and mum. More importantly she is the full time cook onboard and she does it because she loves creating great meals and so you can have a relaxing holiday without having to cook!
Freya prefers to cook with fresh local ingredients and cares where food comes from - whether it is a French Market or a local producer she has got to know. Typically guests enjoy big bowls of pasta and very colourful salads, quiches, seafood, curries and roasts during the summer.
"This year we are pleased to say we will only be cooking with Free Range Chicken and Eggs and trying to source locally grown produce, cheese and meats wherever possible. We do enough fishing to feed ourselves and no more !"
"Grayhound is our home, built with love and loved by us, the family."
Grayhound Sailing Lugger
'Winner of the vessel doing the most to encourage the next generation to sail.'
Antigua Classics Regatta 2014