Agnes - Cornish Specialist Sailing in Home Waters 2019
In the Spring, Early Summer and Autumn Agnes explores the Cornish coast, and regularly returns to her roots in the Isles of Scilly. The majority of voyages begin in her home port of Falmouth, and Agnes is well loved locally.
The waters of South Cornwall are the perfect playground for this beautiful deep keeled pilot cutter where she can introduce you to traditional sailing, explore many secret Cornish coves or storm into Falmouth harbour under full sail!
Agnes has a good selection of short breaks in Cornwall and long weekend escapes, and well as her longer voyages.
Cornish Events: Pilot Cutter World Championships 2019
Agnes will stay in Cornwall for a few special maritime events before going further afield on her big summer adventures.
The Pilot Cutter World Championships, otherwise know as 'Classic Sailing Pilot Cutter Review' are held in May 2019
Agnes won the event overall in 2018, so she has to defend her title with enthusiasm. If you are not that competitive then just come along as keen crew, enjoy the taking part and help create the spectacle of up to a dozen pilot cutters racing in Fowey, St Mawes and Falmouth.
Cornish Events: Falmouth Classics & International Shanty Festival 2019
Race Agnes in Falmouth Classics in June 2018. Open to a wide range of traditional vessels from classic yachts to small day boats this is a colourful spectacle enjoyed by locals and visiting boats alike ....before the peak holiday season. Falmouth Harbour and Carrick Roads provide a relatively sheltered sailing ground if it is windy or courses are laid out into Falmouth Bay and the South Cornwall Coast if the winds are light.
In the evening the festival fleet gather in Falmouth for crews to enjoy the shanty festival with venues all over town.
September 2019 - The Big Launch of Pellew
2019 is a big year for Agnes boat builder and skipper Luke Powell. In September his latest 68ft pilot cutter Pellew will be launched. You can join Agnes for voyage during this weekend, or you might want to take a look before then. You might even go there on an Agnes voyage earlier in the year.
At the head of the broad expanse of water called Carrick Roads is the River Fal. A perfect bolt hole in bad weather this wooded and deep creek is a world apart from the bustle of Falmouth and holds many surprises. If you get a big spring tide it would be hard to resist squeezing Agnes up the narrow channel all the way to Truro and the 'Rhoda Mary Heritage Quay' and see how Luke's boat building project - the 68ft pilot cutter 'Pellew', is progressing.
Peak summer Agnes likes to roam far and wide around the Celtic shores of Europe. In past summers she has explored Galicia in Northern Spain and Scotland. Summer 2018 the Agnes crew are heading for Brittany.
Cornwall Short Breaks - Where will Agnes go?
The Lizard Peninsula protects Falmouth Bay to the West, with Helford River, and tiny fishing villages like Coverack and Cadgwith to visit. Beyond the Lizard lighthouse is the more exposed Mounts Bay with St Michel's Mount and fair weather spots like Mullion Cove with its sea caves or Kynance Cove.
Eastwards you might reach Poldark's favourite port - Charlestown, tie up on the big harbour wall at Mevagissey for fresh crab, or sail in between the forts to the tempting charm of Fowey.
The remoteness of the Cornish coast in the far west brings its own special reward to those who sail with Agnes. 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. Cornwall is renowned for stunning ocean sunsets, isolated lighthouses with their unique sequence of flashing lights, 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 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 and seals. Of course foraging for Lobster, crabs and mussels are a must! In the creeks beautiful river birds will show themselves shyly as they forage the shores. Herons, oyster catchers, Curlews, Egret's and flocks of swans to name only a few of Cornwall's wading birds.
Read more about Cornwall as sailing destination, wildlife and things to do ashore.
Agnes in her historic sailing grounds -The Isles of Scilly
Agnes Scillies voyages are 6 nights and are that bit more adventurous than a short break. She sails to the Isles of Scilly from Falmouth which is typically a 60 to 70 mile passage. Once in the Scillies it is a mix of exploring ashore and short day hops between islands.
The main economy of the Scillies was the pilot trade for over 100 years. Agnes is a replica of the last wooden pilot cutter to work out of the Isles of Scilly. The original Scillionian pilot cutter Agnes was built in 1831 and operated out of St Mary's under Captain Jenkins.His grandson's Alf and Barry launched Agnes in 2003 so this beautiful 26 ton vessel has strong links with the islands and sails there every year.
Read more about what Agnes gets up to in the Isles of Scilly. Agnes - Scillies Programme 2018