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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 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.

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.

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.  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.

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

Below decks she has all the comforts expected of a modern yacht with hot and cold running water, shower, large galley and comfortable sleeping arrangements for seven plus skipper and cook. Her accommodation is light and airy with full headroom, fresh linen and lovely oil lamps in the saloon at night.

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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