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Save £400 - Cornwall to Scotland Milebuilder and Celtic Adventure on Brixham Trawler Leader from Falmouth, Only £495

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
LD230517 Leader Falmouth, UK Oban
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 9 Nights
23/05/2017 - 13:00 to 01/06/2017 - 13:00
23/05/2017 - 13:00 to 01/06/2017 - 13:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Limited places - Book Now GBP £895.00 GBP £495.00
Voyage Description:

Passage Making from Cornwall to Scotland

Join an epic voyage on board historic Brixham Trawler Leader as she embarks on her West Coast Adventure.

This is a perfect trip for those who enjoy extended time at sea, who may want to build up their sea miles, or just see a wide-variety of locations in one fantastic voyage.

At the end of May join Leader in the pretty Cornish harbour town of Falmouth before she spends nine days sailing up to the west coast of Scotland. Once round Land’s End there is the chance to visit the Isles of Scilly, north Cornwall, Wales, southern Ireland and south-west Scotland, before finishing in Oban. Leader’s highly-trained, friendly and professional crew are on hand to ensure maximum comfort and enjoyment, with a dedicated on board cook preparing your food to an excellent standard. She is a gaff-rigged former sailing trawler and can carry up to 12 guests.

Great scenery and famous landmarks all the way as you sail out into the Western Approaches and North up the Irish Sea. Leader may visit Northern or Southern Ireland, the Isle of Man, or Wales on route and many quirky little ports and anchorages you may not of heard of, but in their day were bustling fishing ports or coastal trade ports for ships like Leader.  

Step Back in Time

Step back in time and sail a ship that once fished under sail.  You can escape all the usual holiday resorts in peak summer holidays and sign up for a 'hands on' adventure as crew on Leader. There is some serious mileage to cover, so at the end of each hop you can feel proud of your efforts when you step ashore to explore. There will be some long passages and night sailing to cover the distance where you need to get into the rythmn of watch keeping, but it does give a glorious excuse for a snooze in the afternoon!

This is a great training voyage during mid summer for those wanting to learn some coastal navigation or get some watch keeping experience as there are many fishing boats to avoid and tidal streams to help work out.

Lands End & Scilly

If the ship has made good time, you might pay a visit to the Isles of Scilly, but you need the right combination of wind and swell for a sheltered spot. Leader has explored the islands before so there are several options.

Anglesey & Llyn Peninsula

Angelsey is steeped in ancient history and you can sail under huge sea cliffs near Holyhead with world class climbing routes like 'dream of white horses' or anchor in remote bays like Porth Wenn with its ruined copper mine. There are awesome unspoilt beaches on the Llyn Peninsula if you run out of wind.

The coast of Pembrokeshire is a UK National Park, so if your route passes close you have more landmarks to admire. Milford Haven is like a huge fjord where outgoing and incoming oil tankers look strangely out of place in the vast natural harbour.

 Isle of Man & Phosphoresence

The Isle of Man has alternatives to the capital Douglas like port St Mary or Peel with its Castle, and the waters around this surprisingly rugged island are rich in marine wildlife. In June the Gulf Stream and warming seas bring plankton blooms and all the sealife that comes with it so it is a great offshore voyage to see Basking shark or dolphins.  On calm nights you may see phosphorescence in the bow wave or ships wake. We have even seen the glowing trails of dolphins going under the ship at night.

Lure of the Guiness

Stangford Loch would be quite a tricky diversion with its narrow entrance. Bangor is a welcoming rest port, but Dublin or its fishing port of Howth would be the favourite.

Ireland to Oban

You may head straight through the North Channel between Scotland and Northern Ireland, keeping well clear of the overfalls and white horses around the Mull of Kintyre or the strong tides around Rathlin Island. There are a few querky places you could stop at this stage like Sanda Island with its pub for visiting summer yachtsmen and no permenent residents.

As you head around the Mull of Kintyre a whole host of wonderful islands are available for visiting. Islay and Jura both have whiskey distilleries and a walk on the Paps of Jura will stretch your sea legs. Further off is Oronsay and Colonsay with their remoter communities.

Finally heading up into the Firth of Lorne you have Mull to the north of you and numerous small islands on the south eastern side of the Firth.

Oban is a grand wee town and often described as the gateway to the Highlands.

Qualifying Passages over 60 miles towards your RYA/MCA Yachtmaster Offshore Certificate.

Whatever your experience, this is a great training voyage at a decent time of year for those wanting to learn some coastal navigation or get some watch keeping experience as there are many fishing boats to avoid and tidal streams to help work out.

However distant the idea of doing a RYA Yachtmaster Offshore exam might seem, you will need 2500 tidal miles logged and 5 passages over 60 miles from port to port before you can apply for an RYA /MCA Yachtmaster exam.  This voyage would give you 2-4 coastal passages over 60 miles and plenty of night hours towards that goal.

Keen Novice, Comptent Crew or Day Skipper?

Even if you have only just started on your sailing 'career' you can still notch up some valuable experience that you can log in your internationally recognised RYA Cruising Logbook (Logbooks available from Classic Sailing)

Lands End and the Irish Sea have ferries and fishing boats to look out for, so these voyages are excellent for gaining watch keeping experience.  It is always an exciting  challenge to learn to cope with sail handling at night on a sailing ship but Leader has wide decks and high bulwarks (sides) so she is safer to move around on in the dark compared to small yachts.  In day time this route has some dramatic coastal scenery from Penwith to Pembroke National Park or Snowdonia's Llyn Peninsula.

Leader, Brixham Sailing Trawler

Built in 1892, Leader is one of the largest of the Brixham sailing trawlers known as the ‘Big Sloops’. She was built at W. A. Gibbs’ yard at Galmpton on the River Dart, in Devon. She fished in UK waters until 1907, when she was sold to Swedish owners. She operated on Sweden’s west coast until 1970, when she became a sail training vessel for the Swedish Cruising Club.

In 1985 she moved to the west coast of Scotland where, as ‘Lorne Leader’, she was used for sailing holidays and charter for 10 years. In 1996 she was brought home to South Devon, and has operated from Brixham since 1999.

Leader is well-known across Europe, partly due to her appearances at the Tall Ships Races. At the 2014 event she was named Oldest Vessel of the Fleet. 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

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Waterproofs, but these can be hired for a small daily charge
  • 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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