‘Hands on’ sailing participation is at the core of all Classic Sailing holidays. You don't have to be a sailor. Our skippers help you become the crew on tall ships, barques, brigs, schooners, gaff cutters, luggers and privateers.
Our story began in Cornwall in 1997 with the launch of a pilot cutter called Eve of St Mawes. Since then over 10,000 independent travellers and adventure seekers have joined Classic Sailing vessels to explore coasts, islands and oceans worldwide .
You don't need any experience as our professionals will teach you to become the crew on eye catching vessels so you can revel in the glory of sailing them. If you are already hooked on sailing then we have challenges and destinations to keep you busy for a lifetime.
All our vessels accept individual bookings. Solo travellers make up the majority of our customers, but our ships take teamwork to set sail, so it’s a great way to meet new people. We have tall ships adapted for disabled crews, vessels that have great accommodation for couples, family friendly options and a huge choice of short tasters for newcomers.
Our guest crews are all nationalities and ages. There are plenty of female customers, crews and captain's. It is a active sailing holiday where you learn by 'doing.' Language is not a barrier.
Check out the sailors who are already hooked on Classic Sailing Facebook and become part of our traditional sailing community.
For us a real sailing boat or sailing ship is one which makes your heart skip a beat as it comes around a headland, or makes a fisherman look up from his nets and smile as you sail past. Classic Sailing only works with beautiful classic boats and tall ships that are traditionally rigged with gaff sails, lug sails and square sails. Sails are set with blocks and tackles and lots of teamwork.
If you are looking for the perfect place to grow your sailing skills then Classic Sailing offer far more than a conventional RYA Sailing School. We do offer the full range of practical and theory RYA Sailing Courses and qualifications from RYA Competent Crew to RYA Ocean Yachtmaster but there is so much more you can learn about throughout the Classic Sailing fleet.
Our sailing holidays are rich in learning opportunities like - lugger racing skills, learning about bio-dynamic wine growing on a wine cargo run, marine photography, wildlife or art voyages with experts. The beauty of the longer ocean tall ship voyages is you have time to learn, whether it be square rig skills, oceanographic research or meeting with different cultures from a position of mutual respect.
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Classic Sailing choose the best sailing grounds for awe inspiring coastal scenery, wildlife opportunities and sailing winds. We are excited by mountain backdrops and natural anchorages, self-sufficient local communities, historic ports and remote islands. Destinations range from weekends away in Cornwall and other trips right on your doorstep to hot destinations like the Caribbean or Polynesia. If you prefer icebergs and glaciers then try sailing expeditions in Antarctica or the Arctic. Maybe your destination is more about relaxing ashore with seafood, wine and music after some memorable sailing, so check out our summer festival and tall ship event voyages.
Classic Sailing have never aimed our activity holidays exclusively at sailors. Since 1997 We have introduced over 10 000 people to sailing and travel under sail. If you are excited by the idea of a sailing holiday but not sure where to start, then have a look at some of our favourite holiday types. Our 'Inspire Me' pages will give you ideas for every type of voyage.
Destinations for sailors & explorers
Over 300 voyages a year
10, 000 customers introduced to
traditional boats and tall ships.
Office Team of 4 Skippers
6 Times Around the World between Us
Selling Holidays for 22 Years
3 Dogs to make us laugh