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Provident - UK Short Breaks in Devon

Provident from drone, sailing out of Brixham

A 'Trawler Taster' but not just for beginners

With an enthusiastic and active guest crew to cope with the sail handling and a strong breeze or gale Provident can really shift. In lighter winds you can enjoy 80 tons of oak moving silently through the ocean.  

A Bigger Range of Short Breaks on Provident 

For years Provident has offered week long voyages for school groups and week long adult adventures across the Channel, passage making or in the Hebrides. The style of hands on sailing and hospitality on board has not changed, but she has introduced more variety into the length of voyages. Provident even has a day sail or two, which is great for her many fans who have been sailing on her for more years than they care to remember and don't fancy a whole week anymore.

Short tasters are also a great way to introduce Provident to a new generation of sailors of all ages. This historic fishing trawler has now spent more years as a charter vessel than a working fishing boat....and whilst she was built to haul a trawler, so has proved over and over that she also makes a great pleasure 'yacht'

Dramatic Headlands & Hidden Ports

Berry Head is the promontory protecting the old port of Brixham and Torbay is still a major anchorage.  During the blockade of France in the Napoleonic Wars a bad Westerly Gale would bring ships of the line scuttling back from the Biscay coast to shelter in Torbay. Today it provides a big expanse of sea to practice your first manoeuvres.  The coastline westwards to Dartmouth is dramatic with rocky outcrops and windy clifftops.  The entrance to Dartmouth reveals itself suddenly and if the wind is right you can sail into this steep sided valley until you are between the towns of Dartmouth and Kingswear.  A voyage further up the river to Dittersham to a tranquil anchorage near the 'Anchor Stone' is a welcome contrast to the bustle of town, with a nice pub ashore.

Enjoying the sun before setting off sailing again
Enjoying the sun before setting off sailing again

Salcombe for Golden Beaches

Alternatively you may sail first for Salcombe or Plymouth.  Salcombe has a sand bar at the entrance so wind and tide need to be right, but again you can sail into this deep drowned river valley with its golden beaches on either side.  There is nothing more pleasurable than sitting in a waterside bar looking at you beautiful vessel on a mooring, looking like a ship from a bygone era.

Plymouth & the Tamar

Dodging modern warships and submarines is a strange experience in a vessel built in 1925, but there are plenty of signs of past history in Plymouth.  You might anchor in Barn Pool with the leafy Mount Edgcombe Country Park sweeping down to the waters edge.  Turnchapel has narrow streets between pubs that have welcomed sailors for over 200 years.  On the way into Plymouth on the Rame Peninsula  is the remote seaside village of Cawsand with a good anchorage in a westerly wind. 

Sailing in Devon and cornwall. Cawsand has some great pubs
Cawsand sits on the border between Devon and Cornwall

East to Jurassic Coast

The coast of Devon and into Dorset has a vast range of geological features from the pink limestone around Torbay to the red sandstone near Dawlish and Teignmouth. As you head Eastwards into lyme Bay there are mighty landslip coasts full of fossils and you begin to understand why this coast has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site - named the Jurassic Coast. Further into Dorset you have sea stacks and even more impressive cliff formations and anchorages like Lulworth Cove.

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