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Falmouth Taster Trip- Learn the Ropes, Explore the Cornish Coastline and Relax with Great Hospitality

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
IR040918 Irene Falmouth, UK Falmouth, UK
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 3 Nights
04/09/2018 - 17:00 to 07/09/2018 - 10:00
04/09/2018 - 17:00 to 07/09/2018 - 10:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Limited places - Book Now GBP £495.00 n/a
Luxury 2 Berth Cabin per person Available - Book Now GBP £594.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

West Country Taster

This voyage will give us an opportunity to explore some of the delights of the Cornish coastline.  We'll let the weather dictate our itinerary but with ports such as Falmouth and Penzance and rivers such as Helford and Fowey, there are no shortage of picturesque overnight stops.  Never tried your hand at sailing an old gaff rigged vessel?  Well these taster voyages might be just the thing.  We'll not be covering great distances.  The emphasis is firmly on learning the ropes, great hospitality and exploring the Falmouth Bay area.  Whether you want to see the Falmouth Working Boats dredging for oysters the traditional way or visit Frenchman's Creek, the inspriration for Du Maurier's book, in Helford River, this trip is for you!


What to expect?

You can expect to learn the ropes and get involved as much as you like in the actual sailing of the ship, whereby we get you sailing as quickly and for as long as possible. We cannot determine the weather, but there is plenty of opportunity to sail locally in Mounts Bay area, or even go around the Lizard to The Helford River, home of Daphne Du Mauriers 'Frenchmans Creek.

Meals on board Irene are always a delight, but please do not expect Weightwatchers! The cook is renowned for her ability to produce gourmet meals, and you can expect to enjoy a convivial evening of chat and laughter on board, with your fellow crew. Be warned; with thousands of sea miles between them, the crew will entertain you with their stories, should you get them going. Alternatively, sit back on deck, enjoy the fresh air and your natural surroundings, before retiring to your cosy bunk. A good night sleep is almost guaranteed after a hard day at sea.

Morning and afternoon tea and coffee will be served, more often than not with a home made cake, and lunch often consists of home made bread!


No need to worry about this aspect, as there will be plenty of willing hands to help haul sails, and do the heavy work. Many hands really do make light work, and we would expect that the majority of joining crew will want to get fully involved, but there is always room for those that wish to take things a little easier.

If you or a family member has any special dietary requirements or physical needs that you would like to discuss prior to booking, please do call.

Isles of Scilly

Irene of Bridgewater

Irene of Bridgewater is one of the last two West Country trading ketches still in existence. Fitted close to her original rigging but with the addition of a powerful engine, expect an authentic sailing experience as with all of the Classic Sailing fleet.

Hoisting and trimming sail, hauling up the anchor and even helming can be hard, physical work which we would love you to get involved in.  However, this is your holiday and we want you to participate only to the extent that you want to. Whatever you get involved with, you will be given full instruction and supervision from one of the crew. 

Whether you want to really learn the ropes of sailing a traditional sailing ship or just want a taster of life on board, joining Irene for a trip will be rewarding and enjoyable. There will be forays ashore, for walks or activities, but the main focus is the sailing. With many different sail options, depending on the wind, you will be actively involved from the start. There will also be time to unwind, relax, read, take photos and to enjoy the scenery. 

Below decks, Irene is anything but traditional in her layout.  En suite cabins were certainly not the order of the day back in 1907, when Irene was built!  You will be allocated to one of these cabins when you arrive on board.  She has a fine galley and spacious saloon with plenty of room for you to enjoy meals. All meals are provided on board by the ship’s cook, Rachel.  This would normally include a cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. Further refreshments are provided throughout the day and often include freshly baked cakes from the galley. 

Photo credit to Glen Gorman Photography

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. 

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