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Grayhound - The 'Muscadet Run' Cargo Voyage

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
GR160617 Grayhound Falmouth, UK Nantes
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 10 day
16/06/2017 - 14:00 to 26/06/2017 - 12:00
16/06/2017 - 14:00 to 26/06/2017 - 12:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £750.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

'Muscadet Run' - Falmouth Classics, Sea Shanty Festival and Outbound from Falmouth on Grayhound

The voyage starts during the annual Falmouth Classic Regatta and Sea Shanty festival, after some fun racing in the Carrick Roads you will head back to enjoy the shore side Falmouth Shanty Festival for the evening. 

A magical way to start a voyage to France.

You will load up the ship with Cornish ale and Sail across the English Channel to Douarnenez, and then onto the Biscay port of Nantes and up the river Loire, following in the wake of historical cargo routes.

This voyage includes loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, lots of sea miles and sailing in a watch system. Wine tasting in the beautiful city of Nantes is also included so that you can try the organic wines in the region.

Grayhound’s magic synergy.

Sometimes a ship, its owners and the voyages they do just come together and it feels right for everyone. Grayhound, Freya, Marcus and cargo carrying is that perfect mix of interests and aspirations coming together to do voyages that are inspiring and exciting. It is a blinding bit of history showing us the way to a better future.

You can feel historic as a proper working crew member as well as an ambassador for the future, get onboard, work hard, play hard and shout about it to all your friends.

All Cargo Voyages on Grayhound

A Greener Way of Transporting Cargo

The current line-up of goods Grayhound will carry is organic wine, ale, tea, gin, vodka, sardines, salted caramel and honey. She is licensed to carry 4.5 tonnes of Cargo in the saloon and 750kg in barrels safely secured on deck.

Grayhound is the 1st British registered vessel, this century, to provide a regular cross channel cargo delivery service under sail.


Grayhound is proud to work with a Breton company called Trans Oceanic Wind Transport ( TOWT). Together TOWT and Grayhound run a regular and credible cargo route seven months of the year between the South West of the UK and France.

TOWT organises all aspects of the cargo itself and then Grayhound delivers it under sail using as minimal engine hours as possible. Each product Grayhound carries has a coded label which one can track to see where, how and who sailed it.

See photo of wine bottles and close up.

Sailing Cargo Alliance

Grayhound is a member of the Sailing Cargo Alliance, an exciting movement towards a greener way of transporting cargo. 

Fair Transport - From A to B Emmission Free

Deux routes

The Grayhound sails two cross channel cargo routes. The ‘Muscadet Run' and the ‘Johnny Run’.

The ‘Muscadet Run'

The 'Muscadet Run' refers to the wine region in Nantes, where we  load locally grown wine.

This route starts from Falmouth  where we load Devon and Cornwall ale aboard. A long sail south to Nantes to collect wine and on the next voayge deliver it to Douarnenez. 

Working Cargo - Working Sailor

Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible. Meet the Bretons and take pride in delivery under sail.

During your voyage you will muck in with maintenance jobs like tarring the rigging, splicing ropes, painting, storing cargo, cleaning, veg prep and washing up. Crew will be divided into three watches so that Grayhound can sail both night and day, everyone gets a fair chance to sleep, eat and work the ship. Sailing passages will definitely include overnight sails.


A reasonable level of fitness is needed for these voyages in order to participate. Once in France the time will be spent off loading and loading more cargo, looking around, storing the ship and some sightseeing. All the cargo is hand loadable, no cranes allowed.


You will be much involved, these voyages suit people who are keen to learn and pitch in. We will be naturally teaching navigation as we go along during watches. You do not need any prior sailing experience but you do have to be of an adventurous nature and up for working as part of a watch system and part of a team.

You will be sleeping in the fore cabin on these voyages leaving the saloon as the cargo hold.


Food will be good, wholesome and tasty and organically sourced where possible. It will be food for eating at sea, so big pots of stew, soup, pasta and baked potatoes. Homemade cakes and when in France the crew always enjoy local bread, pastries and cheese. 

You will be able to sample the wine and ale that you will be loading.

Past, present and future.

Act historically, experience real sailing today, look to the future, get onboard Grayhound.

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