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Agnes in the Isles of Scilly, back to her historical roots- Offshore sailing, wildlife & island hopping in an unspoilt archipelago

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
AG2017/09 Agnes Falmouth, UK Falmouth, UK
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 6 Nights
01/06/2017 - 11:00 to 07/06/2017 - 11:00
01/06/2017 - 11:00 to 07/06/2017 - 11:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Last Place - Book Now GBP £795.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

Isles of Scilly on a Pilot Cutter

Leaving Falmouth for an adventure sail to the Isles of Scilly to drop anchor in the evening, in a quiet bay, you will be blown away by the beauty of the place. Agnes has great knowledge of these Isles and she will take you to secret bays and inlets not normally visited. Agnes will safely navigate between the rocks to catch sight of basking seals and the odd puffin, this historic pilot cutter has many friends amongst the local fishermen and so there should be a few fresh mackerel or the odd lobster for the pot thrown your way.

Sailing to the Scillies

The archipelago that makes up the Isles of Scilly is made up of granite islands that will promise to take your breath away. Their natural beauty of the islands will see you hopping from one to the other on an eye-catching boat, this is sure to provide you with images you will always treasure.

The offshore passage from Falmouth goes around mainland Britain’s most southerly point – The Lizard, past Wolf Rock. Still going almost due West we go south of Lands’ End and across to the Isles of Scilly. This voyage can be challenging or totally benign, but it is a route rich in sea mammals - we often see basking sharks, dolphins, and pilot whales, as well as a wealth of ocean seabirds. Depending on the weather, Agnes might make a stop in Newlyn or Penzance on her way to the Scillies to break up the miles and make the passage more comfortable. 

The thrill of spotting the Isles of Scilly when this fascinating archipelago first appears over the horizon never goes away, however many times you visit. Choosing and making your destination in the Scillies is greatly cherished because not only do you arrive in style under sail but you have been part of the journey, your effort and team work has made it possible. You get a sense of achievement never found on a jet plane.

Exploring the Scillies

By sailing west to the Isles of Scilly and anchoring in quiet bays, you will get to know this fabulous archipelago from a sailor’s point of view. We will sail among and round the rocks, from island to island, exploring each one in turn, but making sure we visit St Agnes, the spiritual home of pilot cutter Agnes.

Look out for Atlantic grey seals in the Western rocks or in among the kelp beds. Take the opportunity to snorkel or swim in the clear water of Scilly’s many wonderful bays, or ramble round on foot to experience the local flora and fauna. 

The white glittering sands are reminiscent of the Seychelles, the turquoise waters are crystal clear, but the water temperature is refreshingly British!  Exploring ashore is a key part of the holiday with tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens to visit, or you can wander lonely as a cloud over purple heathland or beach comb amongst the oystercatchers. The pilotage between the islands is complex and fascinating if you are interested in navigation. We sail when the tides or winds are right, either between the islands or around the edges.

Experience Needed?

There is no experience needed for Isles of Scilly voyages but you should be aware of the long passage from the mainland.  Sailing to the Scillies from Falmouth involves a 60-70 mile passage each way, which usually takes 10-15 hours sailing, which can be very tiring if you have never sailed before. Much of the passage is out of sight of land, and if we encounter unexpected rough weather it can take many hours before we reach a sheltered harbour.

Island Life Dependant on Boats

In the Scillies there are no marinas or places, so there is a lot of getting in and out of dinghies, and the anchorages are typically remote with limited or no facilities ashore.


Please remember this is an active adventure holiday, influenced greatly by winds and tides. In the event of prolonged bad weather the Isles of Scilly can become unsuitable as a sailing area and the skipper may have to seek more sheltered sailing grounds.

6 page mini-brochure about our Isles of Scilly voyages as a printable PDF

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.

The Original Agnes - 1841 Scillonian Pilot Cutter

After extensive research, the modern day Agnes was built from new to the lines of Agnes of 1841, the top pilot cutter from the Isles of Scilly. The original Agnes had a long working life as the last pilot cutter to work out of the Isles of Scilly under Captain Jenkins.  His Granson's Alf and Barry launched Agnes in May 2003. She has proven to be extremely fast and light on the helm for her 26 tons.

She was originally built for an American who planned to use her for sail training and she made an Atlantic Crossing just after her first sea trials. Luke bought Agnes back from her owner when he had to change his plans and she sailed back via the Azores to become his home for a while.  She has featured at many festivals and taken many prospective boat buyers out for a demonstration sails, as well as summer expeditions to Ireland, Scotland and France.

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.

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, 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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