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Only £595 for a voyage to Brittany and back, good value! 29/4 to 5/5 . Sailing Across the Channel, to Brittany and the Channel Islands on a Brixham Trawler

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
LD290417 Leader Brixham Brixham
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 6 Nights
29/04/2017 - 13:00 to 05/05/2017 - 13:00
29/04/2017 - 13:00 to 05/05/2017 - 13:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £725.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

English Channel Adventure on Brixham Trawler Leader

The great thing about starting a cross Channel voyage from Brixham is that you have such a lot of choice. Leader's home port is close to the Channel Isles (approx 70 miles) and an easier hop under sail to the North Brittany coast than from the Solent or from Falmouth. For the skipper that is brilliant for voyage planning because pretty much whatever the wind direction they can create a good voyage that every one will enjoy.  If you are lucky to get the prevailling South West wind both ways you can enjoy a beam reach (wind at right angles to the direction you want to go and blowing on the 'beam' or widest part of the boat) which is a fast course for any vessel.

Night Sailing Under the Stars

If you are recently converted to sailing or have maybe done a Competent Crew course and looking for your first offshore experience then this would be a good introduction.  There is plenty of challenge for experienced sailors - watch keeping as you cross busy shipping routes, understanding the lights of ships a night, helping with the pilotage and recording the ships progess in the ships log and on the chart.  Leader was built for fishing in all weathers so she offers a much more stable platform than a yacht in strong winds and waves.

Quality Cooking at Sea

Leader's full time cook takes pride in cooking fresh food on board, whatever the weather..  Visiting French Ports means they can dip into the delights offered by French Markets or seafood ashore. Our price includes all meals but if the crew decide they want to sample a restuarant meal then you need to allow some euros to do this, it is unlikely that this would happen on more than one occasion  Sometimes there is wine on board to buy but it is a good idea to bring a bottle or two to share, in case you first arrive in a wild anchorage rather than alongside in a French port.

There are three main areas to choose from:

Channel Islands

The Channel Islands lie to the south east and offer many different islands to visit. The main Islands of Jersey and Guernsey have big marinas and ports for the main towns and very cosmopolitan they are too. Good shopping and excellent food.  Leader loves to vist the less crowded islands of Sark with its high cliffs or Alderney with stunning beaches and sinister gun emplacements from WW2.  The whole area is brilliant for breeding seabirds.


Brittany is due south and has even better food and some challenging entrances for a sailing yacht. Both Leader and Provident has visited the Granite Rose Coast many times and places like Paimpol or the deep winding rivers upto Lezardrieux or Treguier are firm favourites and all within range for powerful historic trawlers like Leader or Provident.

French Islands

Isle de Brehat is a bit like a French Isles of Scilly. A rock garden of granite and low slung cottages with tiny towns and small stone walled fields.  The Sept Isles are uninhabited, and host an old lighthouse and 26 000 breeding gannets.

West Country

If the weather is too wild to cross the channel or you arrive back a few days early then South Devon and Cornwall have some quaint harbours and exciting sailing along the rugged coastline. Dartmouth and the Britannia Royal Naval College, Salcombe, Cawsand, Fowey, St Mawes, Falmouth and the Helford all offer a welcome shelter for a variety of wind and swell directions, as well as being beautiful locations. The South West Coast Path provides access to good coastal walking at almost every anchorage, and a beach barbeque is always a possibility.

Leader, Brixham Sailing Trawler

Leader is rigged as she would have been when first built, as a gaff ketch to haul a fishing beam trawl. She is 80' long on deck, and 105' overall. She displaces about 110 tonnes in sailing trim. She has a beam of 19'6" and a draft of 10'. She has a 'Gaff Rig', indicating that the Main and Mizzen sails are hoisted using a 'gaff', a spar attached to their upper side. The Ketch rig (two masts) was used to divide up the sail area, making each sail easier to handle by a small crew. The large number of sails (up to eight) makes it easy to 'change gear' by hoisting or lowering sails as required, depending upon the strength of the wind.

Leader is a former Brixham sailing trawler, one of the largest of her type ever built in 1892 at the boatyard of A. W. Gibbs in Galmpton on the river Dart. She fished in UK waters until 1907, when she was sold to new owners in Scandinavia. She remained there as a working vessel until the 1960's, when she became a sail training vessel under the flag of the Swedish Cruising Club. In 1985, she was taken to the West coast of Scotland, where she was used for sailing charter holidays.

The Ketch rig is very versatile; good in light winds, when extra sails can be set (such as flying jib and mizzen staysail), good in heavy winds (she can sail under mizzen and staysail alone) and good for manoeuvring (the mizzen can be used to help to balance and turn the boat).

Accommodation Beow Decks

Leader has good headroom below decks with bunks grouped into cabin areas of 4 bunks with curtains for each bunk - plus some curtains when you need them to divide up space into smaller sleeping / changing areas.  There is a huge dining table to seat about 18 crew and guests. Leader takes a maximum of 12 guest crew plus skipper, mate, cook and deckhand.

What's Included

  • Sailing Instruction                                                                                             
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses) 
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day. 
  • Bed Linen, Duvet, Pillows etc
  • Waterproofs available- just advise us of your size beforehand

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcholic Beverages, although there is a small bar where you can purchase beer and wine onboard. 


Voyage Itinerary and ports.

Due to the vagaries of weather, tides, safety considerations, ships and crew abilities (amongst other things) or mechanical problems Classic Sailing Ltd can make no guarantee of the itinerary of the voyage, including, joining ports, destinations to visit and leaving ports. Every effort is made to fulfil the itinerary for the voyage but the Captain’s or Skipper’s decision is final. Joining and end ports are hardly ever changed but where they are as much notice as possible will be given and ways sought to alleviate connection problems.

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