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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 short break exploring Cornwall’s small fishing ports and tiny anchorages. We will 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.

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 by the excelland chef Jo. 

The voyage is adapted to give 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.

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.

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.

Agnes Interior

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. 

Read more about Agnes with the online PDF here. 

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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