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Active holiday - Learn to sail a traditionally rigged pilot cutter in Cornwall

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
EV1229 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
03/09/2012 - 15:00 to 06/09/2012 - 10:00
03/09/2012 - 15:00 to 06/09/2012 - 10:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Fully booked GBP £395.00 n/a
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Eve of St Mawes and St Anthony Lighthouse by Derek Holman

 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.

evening sail and balancing on the boom

3 Day Tasters - a relaxed way to learn to sail

Beginners & experienced Sailors are welcome on all our 3 day voyages. Since 1997 Eve has introduced nearly 3000 people to pilot cutter 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

our rowing boat 'number 8' is great for exploring secret coves

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 tacking half a dozen times directly into the wind heading for harbour you understand why team building is an important part of sailing on Eve of St Mawes. 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.

Poldark, smugglers ports & secret coves

In a 3 or 4 day voyage we can explore the Lizard Peninsula with anchorages and small fishing villages like Coverack, Cadgewith, Porthallow, Gillan Creek or Helford village. There are some characterful waterside pubs like the Shipwrights Arms at Helford Village, fresh fis from the old Lifeboat Station in Coverack or you might catch the 'shout' (pub sing song) in Cadgewith Cove Inn.  The South West Coast Path means there are always footpaths wherever we anchor, so you can stretch your legs and climb the nearest headland for a great photo of Eve at anchor.  The Lizard has many caves with polished serpentine rock and the fast tides around the Manacles and Lizard Point attract wildlife like Basking Sharks and cetaceans.  

Eastwards there are plenty of anchorages in Gerrans Bay, Veryan Bay, St Austel Bay or off Gull Rock, Nare Head or Dodman Point - if the wind is from the North or North West. More sheltered options in other wind directions include Mevasgissey, Gorran Haven, and the magnificent setting of Fowey and Polruan, either side of the Fowey River.  Charlestown Harbour has new owners in 2015 so we look forward to visiting this tiny harbour basin - famous for the recent BBC Poldark Series and many other film sets.

Closer to our home port of St Mawes is the colourful 'sailing playground' of Carrick Roads, which becomes a bit more challenging when the tide is out as there are shallow banks.  There is interesting navigation upto the old port of Penryn and Falmouth Harbour is big enough to sail right in and make an entrance.  The creek entrances of Restronguet, St Just, Mylor  and Trelissick offer scenic anchorages for different wind directions

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.





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