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Spring Explorer on a Brixham Trawler - Devon Taster Sail

Voyage Number Vessel Starting Port Ending Port
PM240418 Pilgrim Brixham Brixham
Booking fee Voyage duration Start date and time End date and time
GBP £20.00 3 nights
24/04/2018 - 13:00 to 27/04/2018 - 12:00
24/04/2018 - 13:00 to 27/04/2018 - 12:00
Berth Type Availability Price Special Price
Per Person Limited places - Book Now GBP £325.00 GBP £299.00
Voyage Description:

Devon Short Break on a Historic Brixham Trawler

Get away from it all onboard a relaxing Devon Short Break Cruise. During  these 2 or 3 night Devon short breaks you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer. It is a great way to see familiar places like Torbay, Dartmouth and Salcombe from a completely new perspective. This is so much more than a boat trip and you will be able to get stuck in and experience at first hand the breathtaking beauty of traditional heritage vessel sailing.

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew will be onhand to make sure that you have a great time!

What to Expect on your Devon Short Break

Leaving from Brixham which is home port to Pilgrim BM45, you will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895. No two short break sails are exactly the same. However, a typical Devon Short Break will take us around Berry Head towards Dartmouth, Slapton Sands and Salcombe, visiting picturesque anchorage points and places of interest along the way.

You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

More About Pilgrim BM45

Brixham Sailing Trawler Pilgrim, with her distinctive red sails and old fishing number BM45, is the newest addition to a small fleet of historic vessels sailing out of Brixham. This 74ft wooden sailing ship was once part of a fleet of over 2000 deep sea sailing trawlers that revolutionised the way fish were caught in Europe. Today only a handful of wooden sailing trawlers survive, and Classic Sailing are proud to work with four of them in their new role as adventure charter vessels. These seaworthy and powerful sailing vessels take crossing the Channel in their stride, make comfortable expedition ships for exploring near and far, and offer stable platforms for those new to sailing.  

She has overnight berths for 12 but Pilgrim generally only sails with a maximum of 10 guest crew on residential trips. Her professional crew is usually a crew of 4 including skipper, mate and cook. 

To learn more about the vessel, her accommodation and layout below decks, and her amazing history and restoration from Victorian working fishing trawler to adventure charter boat, see our vessel pages on Pilgrim. You can also read what other guests have said about her and check out her photo gallery.

Pilgrim - Vessel Pages

The South Devon Landscape & Wildlife

As we leave Brixham,be sure to look back at the picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.  Pilgrim sets sail around Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home.  We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.

Sailing past Berry Head, look for the lighthouse built in 1906 which has the distinction of being the smallest,deepest lighthouse placed at the highest geographical point in the British Isles. Its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles. Berry Head is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804.  These fortifications were designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was considered a strategic naval anchorage!

River Dart 

Enjoy the seascape and dramatic coastal scenery with interesting rock formations creating rugged limestone cliffs, sandy bays, coasta­­­l coves and inlets.  We sail past St Marys Bay, a popular caravan holiday destination, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then, hidden from view, the National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre, once the home of the Doyle Cart family.

A ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart.  We then pass the Mewstone rock just outside the mouth of the river.  This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls. Dependant on the weather this is often our overnight port.

As we raise the anchor and sail on, the famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles ahead. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, involving 30,000 troops, a D Day rehearsal that went badly wrong.  A combination of an attack by German E-boats and miss timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men.

Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve sits behind Slapton Sands and is the largest freshwater lake in the South West and home to both native and migrating birds.

Next on the map is Torcross  which was badly damaged 2014 by high tides and gales resulting in many homes being evacuated.

Between Dartmouth and Kingsbridge lies Start Point where many historical shipwrecks have been recorded on the reefs and rocks around this dramatic headland. The Start Point lighthouse was built in 1836 to warn ships off Start Point. It is 92 feet high and its warning light  flashes every 5 seconds. If you revisit on land, the lighthouse is open to the public with guided tours between Easter and October showing the life of a traditional lighthouse keeper.

Salcombe is the furthest point we can comfortably reach on a short break sail and is a beautiful harbour set in a stunning natural environment designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Despite becoming a vibrant, busy little town, Salcombe still manages to retain its unique Devon charm!

Salcombe’s history is intrinsically linked with the sea. Until about 100 years ago the people of Salcombe earned their living solely from the estuary and the sea. Fishing, seafaring, boat and later shipbuilding were the main occupations, but smuggling and even piracy meant that settlements were not built at the water’s edge but further inland to keep their location a secret.

Weather- Wind and Tides!

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.

What is Included

  • All onboard refreshments/meals
  • All sailing instruction
  • Use of onboard safety kit
  • Berthing, mooring & fuel costs
  • onboard accommodation
  • Bunk linen - duvet and pillow
  • towels by request

What's is not included

  • Wet weather clothing. Please bring your own waterproof trousers and jacket. They don't have to be specialist sailing waterproofs.
  • Travel Insurance (but you can buy a policy from our recommended insurer Topsail insurance)
  • Alcoholic drinks (but you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or two for evening meals.)
  • Car park fees at home port
  • Cost of on-land transport/meals
  • Towels for swimming use
  • Joining or onward travel costs


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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