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Sail with Luke Powell from Falmouth for a summer Brittany adventure Cross the Channel and Sail along Brittany's Pink Granite Coastline on a Beautiful Pilot Cutter calling at Idyllic Anchorages, Bays and Fishing Ports

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
AG2018/14 Agnes Falmouth, UK Falmouth, UK
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 8 Nights
03/07/2018 - 11:00 to 11/07/2018 - 11:00
03/07/2018 - 11:00 to 11/07/2018 - 11:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £1050.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

Visit Cornwall's French Twin Brittany

This is a deepwater voyage with the magic of night-time sailing far from land. Sailing over the Channel to France where we will arrive at a small French harbour to taste the joys of a glass of wine in a café and sample delicious French cheese and baguettes. After exploring the Brittany coastline and absorbing the local atmosphere we will begin to make our way back again, into the open seas, through the night beyond the horizon, returning back to Falmouth. A great trip to build miles and gain off shore sailing experience. Guests will help in the duties of the ship, taking turns at the helm, and navigating through the night.

Luke, who built Agnes and has lived in France for many years will be skippering this trip. While being very busy with his new project building the largest replica Falmouth Pilot Cutter called "Pellew" he is still finds the time to get out on the water on Agnes. He is passionate about wooden boats and everything French and is happy to while away a long summer evening recounting his life in boats.

Experienced Sailors or Adventurous Beginners

The North Brittany coast has strong tides and interesting pilotage. This is a sailing expedition in the sense that there will be some challenging long days sailing and possibly night sailing, so that when we reach a lovely destination we can stay a while and enjoy the land too.

There is no experience needed for this adventure voyage but they are more suited to those who have sailed before and know they can cope with sailing the boat in sometimes choppy tidal waters.  This is an ideal voyage if you want to gain lots of  sea miles, pilotage practice or 60 mile qualifying passages towards RYA Coastal Skipper or Yachtmaster. This is not a suitable voyage if you have any doubts about your health and stamina.

Luke and Joanna are keen to visit the island of Ushant if the tides and weather allow. This windswept sentinel has huge lighthouses, stone walls, shaggy sheep and low granite farmhouses and looks more like a Hebridean island than part of France. Fiercely Breton the local community welcome any seafarers brave enough to anchor in the deep fjord like anchorage of Lampaul.

If the tides are right L'Aberwrach might be a first destination. Dominated by the huge Ile de Vierge lighthouse, the approach is very rugged and rocky but the beacons are huge and the enterance channel is wider than it looks ! Once beyond the rock plateaux the town and beaches reveal themselves and the landscape is a lot more tranquil. L'Aberwrach is twinned with Helford River in Cornwall as both are idillic river estuaries with a tradition of oyster farming and many keen local sailors. Every French school child learns to sail, so the inner estuary is dotted with sailing dinghies. After the passage 'around the corner' of France it is always nice to swim in the sea, enjoy a refreshing shower and head into town for a glass or two of wine or beer on 'French soil' that doesn't move.

Granite Rose Coast & French Rivers

Treburden is a welcoming  destination with its large sheltered marina which fits remarkably well into the landscape of granite crags, pine trees and gorgeous beaches. After a long passage it is always nice to swim in the sea, enjoy a refreshing shower and head into town for a glass or two of wine or beer on 'French soil' that doesn't move after all that rock and roll accross the English Channel. If the winds are from more from the South West we may head for the Granite Rose coast of France, sailing deep up a French River like Lezardrieux, Tregieur or into the tiny harbour of Ploumanach. If we sail first to North Brittany Agnes may re visit favourites like the granite archipelago Isles de Brehat, or the National Bird Reserve of Les Sept Isles.

Isle de Brehat & Gulf of St Malo

Isle de Brehat is a bit like a French Isles of Scilly. An amazing rock garden with pink sand beaches, low stone farmhouses, hidden sheltered villages and a distinctive local community. To live on Brehat locals and holiday visitors have to plan their days to fit the tides and weather. The landscape changes drastically between high and low water and you will be amazed how we manage to wiggle into some of the deep pool anchorages when the water disappears!


Agnes – Pilot Cutter

At 46ft on deck Agnes is the largest wooden pilot cutter Luke Powell has built so far, and is the much-admired flagship of his boat building company Working Sail. 

Agnes carries a lot of sail with no winches. Even the anchor windlass is an authentic barrel windlass with spokes to turn. Agnes' crew like to travel under sail as much as possible, so if you are looking for a real hands on sailing holiday on a very powerful cutter then Agnes is one to try. Her wide decks and high bulwarks (wooden walls around the deck) give a sense of security so she is equally a great choice for those new to sailing. You will learn a lot of old fashioned seamanship, simply by sailing the Agnes way.

Below Decks

Beautifully crafted Agnes is a homely and spacious vessel with full standing headroom below decks. The unusually large skylights maximise the feeling of space as the sunlight streams below into the comfortable saloon. For chillier or more inclement days the wood-burner will provide a warming backdrop to enjoy your evening glass of wine. With a maximum of 8 people on board there is plenty of room to socialise together or if you wish to have a moment to yourself there is always a little nook to retire too. 

Agnes sleeps 6 guests with 2 crew. For guests, there are 4 bunks in a forward cabin and 2 bunks opposite the good sized washroom complete with shower. There is plenty of hot water and the bunks are all made up with linen, duvets and pillows! 

Many of us would love to steal her.....but you can pretend she is yours for the voyage.

Agnes Interior

What's Included

  • Sailing Instruction                                                                                             
  • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses) 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
  • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Refreshments throughout the day. 
  • Bed Linen, Duvet, Pillows etc

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcholic Beverages

More information on Agnes can be found in her PDF online here. 

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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