Easter Sailing with Georgia & Adam. Visit Flushing for the Oyster and Seafood Harvest
|Voyage Number||Vessel||Starting Port||Ending Port|
|EV300313||Eve of St Mawes||St Mawes, Cornwall||St Mawes, Cornwall|
|Booking fee||Voyage duration||Start date and time||End date and time|
|GBP £20.00||3 days||30/03/2013 - 15:00 to 02/04/2013 - 10:00||30/03/2013 - 15:00 to 02/04/2013 - 10:00|
|Berth Type||Availability||Price||Special Price|
|Per Person||Fully booked||GBP £375.00||n/a|
Sail Amongst the Falmouth Oyster Boats
If you come sailing on our gaff rigged cutter 'Eve of St Mawes' between 1st October and 31st March you will sail between the photogenic winter oyster boat fleet as they dredge for Oysters under sail or oar. To keep the ancient fishery sustainable, the fishing boats are not allowed to use engines so you can witness one of the last commerical fishing fleets that still work under sail on the shallow banks of Carrick Roads.
Both of Eve's skippers Adam and Debbie have dredged oysters with their gaff cutter Bluebell so we can tell you how they do it.
Oyster & Seafood Harvest Festival - Last Party of the Winter Fishing Season
The last weekend of March there is a celebratin of the end of the Oyster Season. This is a smaller more intimate event than the autumn event run by one of the youngest Oyster Dredging fishermen. Don't panic it will still be mostly sailing and Oysters do not have to eaten. In 2013 this event will be held in Flushing for the first time (normally Mylor). This sunny waterside village located on the opposite bank to Falmouth and Penryn, has great local pubs and two stone quays for vessels to come alongside for the festival. With our rowing boat Number 8 we can pick up a mooring too if the tide is not right.
Georgia - our adventure travel consultant from the office is trying out her first voyage as Eve's skipper on this trip, with Adam along too to tell you all about how to dredge for oysters under sail ( Classic Sailing founders did try their hand at oyster dreging on their own Falmouth Oyster Boat Bluebell several years ago.)
Falmouth Oyster Festival Every Autum
About the 2nd week of October each year you can celebrate the start of the Oyster fishing season by visiting Falmouth under sail yourselves on Eve to sample some of the first oysters at Falmouth Oyster Festival, don't panic it will still be mostly sailing and Oysters do not have to eaten.
Falmouth Oyster Festival - a Celebration of Cornish Seafood has grown over the last few years into being a waterside attraction for all serious foodies with cookery displays by famous seafood chefs. You are welcome to try this 'kiss of the sea' by tasting fresh oysters. If you are not a fan of Oysters, don't worry. Eve's menu plan does not rely on oysters and its not compulsory (peasant food says Debbie - although she is a fan of oysters - so she must be a peasant)
Far more unique than paying a visit to the festival is the chance to sail up close to the working oyster boats out on the water.
Cornwall Escapes - 3 Day Breaks
We paint our pilot cutter Eve of St Mawes dazzling blue to match the Cornish seascape. Artists have been drawn to the sea, rugged coastline and the famous light quality in the far west for centuries. Eves turquoise blue decks and hull seems to help get everybody in the holiday mood too. On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean we have our share of wild grey days, but they just seem to make the achingly beautiful blue sky / deep blue sea days extra special.
Founders of Classic Sailing Adam and Debbie based the company in St Mawes because we felt Cornwall and the Scillies was the best cruising ground in the world. We now promote sailing holidays in many far flung destinations but a flat water blast along the South Cornwall coast in a crystal clear north westerly takes some beating.
Western Approaches - a historic cruising ground
Stretching between Brittany and the Scillies, and covering the anchorage’s and ports of the West Country, we sail the same Western Approaches as the original pilot cutters would have to patrolled in search of the next sailing ship to put their pilot aboard.
The Breton, Scillionian, and Cornish that fringe the Atlantic hang fiercely onto their seafaring traditions—celebrating their history with gig boat racing, traditional wooden boatbuilding and maritime festivals. In eleven years of operating Eve we still receive warm welcomes from local people wherever we go. I think it is because we fit so well into their timeless landscapes.
3 Day Tasters - a relaxed way to learn to sail
Beginners & experienced Sailors are welcome on all our 3 day voyages.Over the last 12 years, on Eve alone we have introduced at least two thousand newcomers to sailing.
Eve makes a great boat to start sailing on. She has wide decks with plenty of room. She is a fine sea boat with a well proven safety record and kept to the highest standards. With blocks and tackles you can see what you are doing and the team work makes for a great sailing holiday.
We are also a recognised RYA Training Establishment so if you want to do a 6 day beginners course then look at our RYA Competent Crew Course on Eve of St Mawes for a more intensive and structured introduction to practical seamanship.
Healthy Exercise & Environmentally Friendly
Traditional Sailing boats like Eve are powered by the wind, but to harness it requires quite a bit of satisfying physical effort and teamwork. There are no winches on board except the antique brass handled windlass, so you soon get to know your fellow guests as you haul on blocks and tackles. Sometimes we glide effortlessly through the water with 14 tons of oak and larch propelled by the wind or tide. If the forecast is wrong it can be more of a struggle. After the tenth tacking manoeuvre into the teeth of a freshening gale you might begin to wish you had been to the gym more often. Its unlikely you’ll go home thinner (e.g. creme brulee, clotted cream, Lamb with camenbert, rosemary, flageolet bean and red wine) but we can guarentee you will leave looking a lot healthier and either sun tanned, or windswept and interesting. There is plenty of conversation, but even on a 38ft deck you can find a corner for quiet contemplation. For some strange reason, everyone seems to sleep very well on board cocooned safely amongst Eve’s timber curves.
Unspoilt Sailing Ground
From Eve’s mooring in St Mawes we can explore Falmouth Bay, one of the largest natural harbours in the world. Much of the Coastline is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, AONB, and there is no better way of appreciating than from the deck of beautiful sailing boat.
See the intinerary tab above for more our our favourite haunts, a typical itinerary and more details on where we might sail.
Wildlife at Sea & Ashore
The remoteness of the Cornish coast this far west bring their own special reward to those who travel with us: Starry nights with no street lights; ocean sunsets, isolated lighthouses and tiny fishing harbours; cliffs sculptured by pounding winter gales; 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) and lush ferns and springs along the many coastal footpaths.
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. 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.
We record all wildlife sightings in the ships log and occasionally run specialist wildlife voyages or marine conservation breaks on Eve., but you only need to keep your eyes peeled on any voyage to see the best wildlife moments. Our Skippers have learned much from wildlife experts we have invited on board. Both Debbie and Adam are acredited (Wise) wildlife safe operators and we encourage all new skippers to develop their wildlife expertise.
We have some world class dive spots locally and in the Scillies due to the lack of major sediment bearing rivers, rich underwater ecosystem and wrecks, so it is well worth bringing a snorkel, mask & wetsuit in summer you have mermaid (or merman) tendencies. Many of our anchorages are near interesting rock pools or eel grass, or maerl beds where seahorses hide.