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Easter Break voyage

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
AG280313 Agnes Falmouth, UK Falmouth, UK
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 5 days 28/03/2013 - 15:00 to 02/04/2013 - 10:00 28/03/2013 - 15:00 to 02/04/2013 - 10:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Available - Book Now GBP £490.00 n/a
Voyage Description:

Taste of a Pilot Cutter

Join us for this 4 day taster exploring Cornwall’s small fishing ports and tiny anchorages. We find all the best sandy beaches and steep sided creeks with wooded slopes. From the fishing communities of the Lizard to the tiny stone harbours beyond Dodman Point.

Jo's cooking is definitely another highlight of sailing on Agnes. Learning to sail this fine and beautiful pilot cutter will see you fully involved in all aspects of sailing. Sailors do really need hearty good food, and sailing a Pilot Cutter will really boost your apetite. Not only will you not go hungry, but you will be treated to some amazing dishes and be stunned as to what can be produced from the ships galley.

Our cruising is adapted to give our guests a wonderful chance to visit natural environments far from the madding crowd. After a good day spent out in the elements you will be able to retreat to the warm and cosy saloon to enjoy a freshly prepared meal cooked with local Cornish produce. The food on Agnes is destined to be one of her best selling points.

No previous experience of sailing is necessary, but we try to encourage our guests to participate with the sailing of this pilot cutter. You will find yourselves enriched by getting involved,  pulling ropes, taking the helm and handling of sail.

Wildlife at Sea & Ashore

The remoteness of the Cornish coast in the far west brings its own special reward to those who sail with us. Cornwall has some amazing starry nights and with no street lights causing light pollution, it can be so clear that the Milky Way has three dimensions, like the muscles in your arm. Ocean sunsets to die for, isolated lighthouses with their unique sequence of flashing times, tiny fishing harbours that are still in use today by inshore fishermen and women. Some of the biggest cliffs on the south coast of Cornwall have been sculptured by pounding winter gales and wild wind. Almost tropical white sands with sparkling mica sticking to your toes; woodlands stunted by the wind, but with trees adorned with lichen (a sure sign of unpolluted air), lush ferns and springs along the many coastal footpaths make Cornwall a magical place to explore from the sea.

The Gulf Stream provides unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins (common, bottlenose and risso’s dolphin), porpoises, whales and giant basking sharks. Gales often bring in wheeling gannets, tiny storm petrels, guillemots, razorbills and even puffins. 

The Fal and Helford Estuaries are designated as Special Areas of Marine Interest. Breeding seals hide in sea caves and deep "zawns", a Cornish word for a deep cleft in the cliffs probably caused by the collapse of a cave. The drowned river valleys (called rias) have dense oak woodlands with branches sweeping down to deep green waters. At low tide the mudflats are home to egrets, curlews, oystercatchers and leggy herons—all the birds that go screech. At night you hear owls hooting in the moonlight, and a few guests have seen elusive otters in the early morning mists.

Working Sail - A life in Wooden Boats

Hardback Book by Boat Builder Luke Powell 

Purchase the book here. 

"A beautiful, large format (240 x 256 mms) volume of 240 pages, case bound and jacketed, illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs, diagrams and plans.

Over 230 pages full of photographs, historic and modern, paintings some by Luke, drawings and the story of Pilot Cutters for nearly two hundred years.

It is highly detailed but also an excellent read with chapters on Luke’s early life in Greece, Suffolk and France. Discover how he bought Charmian in exchange for a commission to paint 50 oil paintings. Each of his pilot cutters has a chapter on the ups and downs that lead to their creation and the background to the extraordinary people who find themselves proud owners of a Luke Powell Pilot Cutter: Eve, Lizzie May, Agnes, Hesper, Agnes returning across the Atlantic, Ezra, Tallulah, Amelie Rose. Classic Sailing gain credit in a chapter for encouraging the return of pilot cutter regattas and Luke’s latest beauty Freja and his charter plans and boat building ambitions for the future feature at the end. If I was not already captivated by these beautiful craft, I would be after reading this book.

The last chapter is an evocative tale of the life of real Scillies pilots and the hardships they faced serving the tall ships of the British Empire with a fantastic collection of etchings, paintings and photos which speak a thousand words."

Forward by Tom Cunliffe and actor Jeremy Irons.

 

 

 

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