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3 day break - Learn to sail a topsail schooner in Cornwall

If you want to learn to sail a tall ship then starting on a topsail schooner with only 7 other guests is a good start. Anny is a pocket sized tall ship with plenty of character and in terms of sail area and rigging to understand. Topsail schooners are about the most versatile of traditional sailing vessel types with both square sails and gaff sails. The crew on board love to teach sailing or introduce you to navigation and there is plenty of challenge for beginners and experienced sailors.

If you just love to escape for a short active break in great scenery, then that is ok too.

Embark
Wed, 27-05-2020 - 10:00
Charlestown, Cornwall
Disembark
Sat, 30-05-2020 - 10:00
Charlestown, Cornwall
Duration
3 Nights
Vessel
Anny of Charlestown
Voyage No.
AY20/05

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Forepeak cabin - 3 berths. AVAILABILITY: Not available. PRICE: 315 GBP. BOOK NOW
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Anny - 3 day Cornwall Taster from Charlestown

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Beginners keen to try a new activity on a small and friendly tall ship with wide uncluttered decks and characterful wooden interior. Keen sailors who can't wait for Spring and summer to arrive and love outdoor adventures in Cornwall. If you are someone who instantly feels better the moment they take off their shoes off and feels a wooden deck beneath their feet or sand between their toes, then a sailing ship beats a holiday cottage for romantic appeal. The crew on Anny of Charlestown are happy to teach you as much sailing skills or marlinspike seamanship as you want, or be your guide to the unspoilt and rugged coastline of Cornwall or even Devon. Anny has a ships boat for going ashore in secret coves or when anchored off historic fishing villages so you can explore ashore oo.

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • coastal hopping along the Devon and Cornish coast
  • ideal gift for a friend or treat for yourself
  • Manourvrable 'pocket' tall ship to sail
  • Good for solo travellers - make new friends when doing activities together
  • Affordable for groups - 8 guests in 3 cabins
  • Perfect dettox from modern life
  • NO FLY HOLIDAY - Round trip - green travel under sail
  • nearby train station (St Austell) on London Penzance main line.
Anny of Charlestown is based in South Cornwall for most the year
Anny of Charlestown is based in South Cornwall for most the year

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

You may recognise Charlestown Harbour from countless film and TV productions. It is still used today for filming and you can imagine the characters striding down the quay or joining a ship like Anny in UK programmes like Poldark, Taboo and the Three Musketeers. This Georgian Harbour has been kept as original as possible with cobbled wharves and a small fleet of resident tall ships clustered in the wet dock.

Whilst Anny is traditionally rigged as a topsail schooner with blocks and tackles, square sails and gaff sails, you can learn sailing skills and seamanship that are useful and relevant to all types of sailing vessel from yachts to tall ships. 

If you are simply looking for a few days escape then this really is a unique way to explore Cornwall and its coast and rivers from the sea. If you love secret Cornwall - the places that most the tourists don't get to see - then exploring by sailing boat should be your perfect weekend choice.an all inclusive weekend break with lots of outdoor time, great food, timeless scenery with empty anchorages. 

The voyage is adapted to give guests a wonderful chance to visit natural environments far from the madding crowd. After a good day spent out in the elements you will be able to retreat to the light and airy saloon to enjoy a freshly prepared meal in Anny's beautiful saloon with woodburner or on deck in the sun. 

Eating on deck in the sunset - on passage

Join by Ships Boat

Anny is likely to be at anchor for most short trips, rather than inside the lock basin. This gives her the versatility to set off as soon as everyone has been introduced to the ship and safety briefings - whatever the state of tide. Guest crew and baggage will be taken out to the ship by boat, so you can admire your ships design lines as you approach. Anny is the flagship of Charlestown and owned by the harbour, so if you want to drop off your bags early or have a query, the Harbour office can help.

Once aboard, enjoy rereshments on deck whilst the crew give you a safety briefing and introduce to to the concept of helping sail a schooner from day 1.

In the event of bad weather in the wide Bay off Charlestown, the more sheltered Fowey Harbour is a short car ride away, and you will be informed of the arrangements in advance, or given a lift on the day.

The Harbour Entrance at Charlestown is quite an art to enter
The Harbour Entrance at Charlestown is quite an art to enter

Where will we go in 3 days?

The skipper is a local and knows how to get the best out of the different wind directions and how the coastline of bays, headlands and drowned river valleys can be used to create the most enjoyable sailing and overnight stops. in the Spring and Autumn you might squeeze in a bit of night sailing, but generally you are tucked up at anchor in time to relax and watch the sun set. In summer the days are long and with all that fresh air and lovely supper to send you to sleep you might not even see the dark. 

On a sailing voyage we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her. The description below is based on what we think might be possible, based on past trips, or experience, but nothing is guaranteed on a sailing voyage.

On the first day you will probably be so focused on learning to steer a big schooner, set and trim sails and adjusting to your floating home, you may lose track of where you have sailed. It might not be far, but you will have been 'in the flow' of a busy day that is totally different from life ashore. You might anchor for lunch but it is more likely you will enjoy it on deck whilst sailing along when the weather and winds are fair.

pilot cutter in Fowey River
pilot cutter in Fowey River

Exploring Cornwall Under Sail -Westwards

Charlestown is tucked in a valley mouth under the distinctive China Clay hills of St Austell. The wide Bay that is on her backdoor stretches from the stripey daymark on Gribben Head to the reassuring bulk of the Dodman. Mevagissey, Porthmellon and Gorran Haven Polkerris are all little fishing ports or quays you can anchor off in different wind directions as well as hideaways without habitation like Silver Mine Cove or Vault Beach.

Around Dodman Point is Gerrans Bay, punctuated in the middle by Nare Head, Gull Rock and the Whelps. Inshore fishing boats are nearly aways present here, and can sail inside Gull Rock with a bit of care. Portscatho, Portholland, and Portloe all look very different from the water. There are many beautiful beaches here in summer that are fine to anchor off for a swim or a run ashore in offshore winds.

The next big sailing area Westwards is into Falmouth Bay, Carrick Roads and St Mawes Bay. the river entrances to Falmouth & Flushing, Helford River and the extensive Fal River network.

The Lizard Peninsula stretches 14 miles out to sea and offers up a barrier of Serpentine Rock to shelter the coast from Westerlies and Atlantic Swell.

Western Grey seals are common
Western Grey seals are common

Exploring Cornwall Eastwards

We can't imagine you will spend 3 days on Anny and not go to lovely Fowey and Polruan. The harbour entrance between cliffs is dramatic but its deep water so you can sail in between the forts when the wind is right. This bustling port has China Clay cargo ships to surprise you but is a perfect evening venue for pubs, restaurants or local walks in the woods and clifftops. In summer colourful Troy dinghies race amongst the moorings with great daring and gig boats train.

Beyond Fowey is Lantic Bay where wild orchids grow and kestrels hover over the beautiful cliff backed beach. The rugged coastline from her has few ports that Anny can enter until you get to Cawsand or Plymouth itself. It doesn't stop you anchoring off Looe Island and watching 70-80 fishing boats head into the shallow port. Polperro is also too tiny for Anny but you could still visit by ships boat, or remain at anchor, aloof from the tourists ashore.

Smugglers hiding spots in south Cornwall
Smugglers hiding spots in south Cornwall

Wildlife at Sea & Ashore

The remoteness of the Cornish coast in the far west brings its own special reward to those who sail with us. Cornwall has some amazing starry nights and with no street lights causing light pollution, it can be so clear that you can see the Milky Way. Ocean sunsets to die for, isolated lighthouses with their unique sequence of flashing times, 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, but 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. 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, and Fowey River has much unspoilt woodland on either bank. Breeding seals hide in sea caves and deep "zawns", a Cornish word for a deep cleft in the cliffs probably caused by the collapse of a cave. 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.

Anny of Charlestown - come sail her in Cornwall or Devon - short breaks

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

The beauty of coastal wandering in local waters over a couple of days is the skipper can find the best sailing angles for the most enjoyable sailing. Mevagissey Bay, , Falmouth Bay, St Mawes Bay, Gerrans Bay, all can offer sheltered waters in certain wind directions and the vast Plymouth other Harbour behind its breakwater offers options to the East. Not so easy to sail up unless you like a challenge, but equally fascinating are the drowned river valleys of Cornwall. The wooded tidal Rivers of Fowey, Fal and Helford, offer still waters and places to moor up and shelter from wild weather. Surrounded by nature it's not a bad place to ever be storm bound.

In fine weather you can head as far offshore as you want for more wind, ocean swell and a good blast.  

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.

SAILING STYLE & LIFE ON BOARD

We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.

Anny of Charlestown - There are two bunks in the saloon - first to breakfast?
There are two bunks in the saloon - first to breakfast?

AGILITY & FITNESS

Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Free Parking in Charlestown
  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Waterproofs (or you are welcome to bring your own)
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments on board
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels
  • waterproof shoes or boots

 

 

Charlestown, Cornwall

Latest port updates

Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

This historic private harbour is the home port of Anny and Mascotte, but there are often several tall ships in the dock and you never quite know what you will find.

Charlestown Harbour is set on the rugged South Cornish Coast. The last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK, Charlestown is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site, with a unique history and geography. Charlestown is still a vibrant working port, with classic sailing vessels, beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink.

Charlestown Harbour has also made a name for itself in the film and TV industries, featuring in Poldark, Taboo, Hornblower and many other productions.

A natural amphitheatre and great setting for your friends or relatives to come and wave goodbye from. Charlestown is tidal, so access both in and out is determined by high tide times. We will advise you nearer to departure of the exact joining times.

How to get here

Rail & transfers

Charlestown is very near St Austell Railway station on the main London - Penzance Intercity rail line.

St Austell to Charlestown Harbour is 10 minute taxi ride or you can take a bus (number 24 or 25 towards Fowey).

If you have a small rucksack you might prefer to stretch your legs with a 25 minute walk (downhill).

Parking

If you are coming cruising on one of Charlestown Harbour’s vessels (Anny or Mascotte) free parking will be available for you- details of this will be sent to you in advance.

If you are joining any other vessel or just popping in or dropping of, then free parking is available along Charlestown Road and Church Road. If you don’t have prearranged parking we recommend arriving in good time as Charlestown can get very busy in the high season!

Location of pre arranged free parking for Anny or Mascotte guest crew - see yellow dots.
pre arranged free parking for Anny or Mascotte guest crew - see yellow dots.
Anny coming into Charlestown. Normally she will be anchored off 7 you arrive by boat.
Anny coming into Charlestown. Normally she will be anchored off 7 you arrive by boat.
Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Charlestown, Cornwall

Latest port updates

Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

This historic private harbour is the home port of Anny and Mascotte, but there are often several tall ships in the dock and you never quite know what you will find.

Charlestown Harbour is set on the rugged South Cornish Coast. The last open 18th Century Georgian harbour in the UK, Charlestown is proud to be a UNESCO world heritage site, with a unique history and geography. Charlestown is still a vibrant working port, with classic sailing vessels, beautiful beaches and great places to eat and drink.

Charlestown Harbour has also made a name for itself in the film and TV industries, featuring in Poldark, Taboo, Hornblower and many other productions.

A natural amphitheatre and great setting for your friends or relatives to come and wave goodbye from. Charlestown is tidal, so access both in and out is determined by high tide times. We will advise you nearer to departure of the exact joining times.

How to get here

Rail & transfers

Charlestown is very near St Austell Railway station on the main London - Penzance Intercity rail line.

St Austell to Charlestown Harbour is 10 minute taxi ride or you can take a bus (number 24 or 25 towards Fowey).

If you have a small rucksack you might prefer to stretch your legs with a 25 minute walk (downhill).

Parking

If you are coming cruising on one of Charlestown Harbour’s vessels (Anny or Mascotte) free parking will be available for you- details of this will be sent to you in advance.

If you are joining any other vessel or just popping in or dropping of, then free parking is available along Charlestown Road and Church Road. If you don’t have prearranged parking we recommend arriving in good time as Charlestown can get very busy in the high season!

Location of pre arranged free parking for Anny or Mascotte guest crew - see yellow dots.
pre arranged free parking for Anny or Mascotte guest crew - see yellow dots.
Anny coming into Charlestown. Normally she will be anchored off 7 you arrive by boat.
Anny coming into Charlestown. Normally she will be anchored off 7 you arrive by boat.
Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

Classic Sailing invites to a private facebook group where you can connect with other sailors who have booked with us. If you want to find a travel companion or share ideas on accommodation options before your trip, then posting a request on this is this is a safer option than our public facebook page. (due to data protection laws we cannot pass on contact details for other sailors on your trip directly)

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

*** “Classic Sailing cannot cover every possible visa scenario as customers may have dual nationality, or be working or living in a country different from their passport nationality.

To avoid any last-minute stress, we advise you to contact the local embassies of the countries you will be visiting in your country to find out which travel documents you need. Please start early, obtaining a visa can take some time. It is your responsibility to have the right travel documents for all countries you visit during your stay on board.

If you plan to travel onto other destinations please check you have a right to stay in the country too as you may be classed as arriving in a country as ‘yacht sailors in transit’ and not have same rights as a tourist.

Even if you don’t need a visa, please check your passport expiry date is sufficient for country entry requirements.”***

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

Security for tourists in certain countries, regions or cities can change rapidly. Please check with your own Government Foreign Office for their latest advice for travellers.

UK travellers check under specific destination at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Likewise we suggest you check if there are any recommended or required vaccinations well before departure as some take more than one jab. For UK travellers check out ‘Fit for Travel’ http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Travel Insurance

It is compulsory that you have travel insurance to sail on any of our voyages, but you do not have to buy the insurance from us. If you purchase your own please make sure it covers sailing as an activity, and racing if you are racing crew. Most our voyages sail further than 3 miles from the shore so check that you will be covered sailing outside territorial waters.

Classic Sailing recommend Topsail Insurance http://www.classic-sailing.co.uk/travel-insurance They have policies designed for sailing crew on yachts or tall ships, whether you want an annual policy or a single trip. These are suitable for UK based sailors but the page also has links to alternative companies and recommended insurance companies for non UK citizens.

Anny of Charlestown

Charlestown Harbour is the perfect home port for an authentically rigged topsail schooner like Anny and the majority of her voyages will start and finish in this 18th Century harbour on the rugged South Coast of Cornwall.  The port is deliberately kept in a time warp as it provides a world class film venue for historical films and TV productions like Poldark and the Three Musketeers. Other vessels in the port may be used for filming but Anny has a different role as an adventure charter vessel to show you the best of sailing in Cornwall and fly the flag for the Harbour and Cornwall at maritime festivals further afield.

Her taster voyages offer the chance for a few days away, slipping into a byegone era as you learn to haul on blocks and tackles, with great hospitality and a sense that this family sized tall ship is all yours for the weekend. Anny only takes upto 8 guests, so you can join her as an individual, a couple in a double cabin or as an affordable group booking for a special treat.

Statistics
  • Length overall : 89ft (28.7m)
  • Length on deck : 63ft 
  • Year built : 1930
  • Vessel type: Topsail schooner
  • Guest berths : 7-8
  • Crew berths : 2-3

 

Anny of Charlestown joins the classic Sailing  fleet in 2020

Tall Ship Tasters in Cornwall all season

With gaff and square sails Anny of Charlestown looks like a tall ship on the horizon, but as soon as you join her on board you will find she is actually quite small which brings many advantages. With only 8 guests the staff to crew ratio is brilliant for personal attention. You can learn a broad range of nautical skills on Anny in a few days that would give you confidence to step on board any ship in the Classic Sailing fleet and feel useful as crew. 

The topsail schooner is arguably one of the most versatile of all sailing rig types, being able to sail quickly close to the wind with her fore-and-aft sails like our other vessels, but also has excellent downwind performance with a square topsail and course. Her spacious decks are ideal for group activities, and her large size, sheltered cockpit and high freeboard mean guest crew feel safe at sea.

The number of tall ships available for adults to sail on in UK waters has declined recently due to economic pressures so we are thrilled to welcome Anny to the Classic Sailing Fleet. Not only does she fulfill a demand for tall ship adventures from UK ports, her round trips from Charlestown also offers a great way of exploring Cornwall under sail without contributing significantly to climate change.

two berths in the saloon opposite the big table on Anny
two berths in the saloon opposite the big table on Anny

Mix of cabin types ideal for families or individuals

The layout of Anny below decks is an ideal boat for small groups of friends or families. The forecabin would a great bolt hole away from the adults for teenagers whilst the adults socialise after supper in the saloon. The remaining accommodation would suit a couple in a separate cabin, with a fold down bed as a 3rd berth in the double bed cabin. As Anny is very much active participation vessel where we all help sail the ship, the minimum age for children coming with their parents is 12 years. 

The layout also works well for individual adults or small groups that don't know each other yet.  For those on a budget you can become a 'fo'castle jack' in the bunks right up in the bow. There are 3 bunks here in this forward cabin but you have your own companionway steps to deck and the white, fluffy duvets should stop you getting too mutinous. Please note the genders may be mixed in the forepeak and in the saloon.

The saloon is the heart of the ship, so for those who want to be first to breakfast. For a little bit more than the fore cabin prices you can enjoy the two pilot berths with the whole saloon to yourselves at night. Please note the genders may be mixed.

For a special treat, there is a double bed in its own cabin. Above the big bed is a single berth that can be folded away, depending on how many sailing mates you want to fit in for the whole cabin price. If you use the upper bunk, is very economical each for 3 friends. With the bunk removed it is absolutely perfect for a romantic couple wanting a big cabin to themselves. If you are feeling really indulgent you can book the whole cabin for solo occupancy as your private retreat (the price is for the cabin - not per person)

For photos and more details see our section on Anny's accommodation.

Anny arriving in Charlestown Harbour
Anny arriving in Charlestown Harbour

Charlestown Harbour - Be Part of the Scene

Anny is owned by Charlestown Harbour and the Harbour team have great plans for this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Under new ownership, not only has the harbour become a vibrant working port once more, it is fast becoming a venue for events and fine dining. Waterside restaurants, boat building projects and the occasional buzz of film productions gives it a daytime and evening ambience that gets everybody in the holiday mood. 

Whether Anny is anchored off the harbour and you arrive by ships boat, or you join her on alongside the cobbled wharf in the sheltered harbour, you will be centre stage and providing a show for harbour visitors. Whether you like to pose like Captain Jack Sparrow or not, it does make you feel rather heroic as you negotiate the lock gates and tight entrance to get out, or set sail. When you return at the end of your voyage you will have access to parts of the port the public don't and there may be other ships in the dock to visit.

Where is Charlestown? - Map & Port Details

crew Relaxing on Anny of Charlestown

The Anny Voyage Ethos

No experience is needed but even if you have done some sailing on other vessels, Anny carries a lot of sails - 12 in fact. For those that understand the jargon a topsail schooner has fore and aft sails (basically those that are rigged along the centre line of the vessel) and square sails which are set below wooden yards that stick out on either side of the mast. For those that think I am speaking gobbledegook, you will be amazed what you can pick up in a single weekend. We'll have you steering a course to windward on the bigs ship wheel in no time.

Anny voyages are all about immersive, hands-on experience with plenty of helming, sail handling and learning. The crew are happy to cover basic navigation skills and get guests involved taking bearings and reading the chart. Basic ropework also covered, including knots and splicing practice, line handling etc. 

If you just want a bit of fresh air and a digital dettox then you can let the technical stuff wash over you and just enjoy each challenge as it comes and soak up the scenery of the rugged Cornwall coast.

 

 

The main companionway has a pleasing curve and brings you down into a saloon which is a cut above a typical yacht saloon. The headroom throughout is high. All the steps on Anny are quite steep and ladder like, so ask us if you are not sure about accessibility. It's a long way down but worth it when you arrive on the beautiful pine floorboards.

The Saloon & Galley

In the starboard aft corner near the companionway is the galley has a 4 burner gas stove, electric oven, double stainless sink with hot and cold pressurised water, large fridge and plenty of storage.

In the opposite corner of the saloon is a door to the spacious washroom which has a hot water pressurised shower, hand basin and an electric sea toilet.

The main saloon has a large oval varnished mahogany table with fixed seating and space for 12 people. In good weather it is nice to eat on deck.

This sociable space is homely and warm anyway but thee is also a Diesel fired Reflex cabin heater in the saloon.

 

The Saloon on Anny looking forward to the Double Cabin
The Saloon on Anny looking forward to the Double Cabin

Pilot Berths in the saloon

2 single berths to port with curtains for privacy. The washroom/wc is only a few strides away across the saloon.  As in common with many communal spaces on yachts, the genders may be mixed in the saloon berth..

There are two bunks with curtains in the saloon. As in common with many communal spaces on yachts, the genders may be mixed in the saloon berths. These bunks offer easy access at night to the WC and you can always stay up and write your journal on the saloon table whilst your other resident sleeps. You will always be first to the cup of breakfast tea in these bunks.

Ladder down to forward cabin and the washroom off the main saloon
Ladder down to forward cabin and the washroom off the main saloon

The Forward Cabin - Affordable but Cozy!

There are 4 bunks in the forward cabin but only 3 are used. The steps are steep and ladder like and there is not much floor space. The beauty of it it is the berth prices are cheaper, and you can sneak off for a kip in the middle of the day without anyone spotting you!  Please note the genders may be mixed in this cabin. To reach the WC at night you will need to go on deck and either 'admire the stars' or pop down the other hatch to access the washroom and toilet.

 

 

Double Cabin - sleeps 1-3 people

The double bed in your own cabin is one of the highlights of Anny. There is another bunk that can slot in above the double bed (orientated athwartships - across the ship). The price for this cabin is the same whether you book it all for yourself, a couple, or a couple and a close friend, family member or child. You access this cabin from the saloon and it is only a few strides to the bathroom on the other side of the saloon.

The Double Cabin with the 3rd bunk removed - just for you
The Double Cabin with the 3rd bunk removed - just for you

Crew Quarters and dedicated engine room

There are steps down into the aft cabin with 2 single berths for skipper and mate and a navigation area.  Door to starboard into the engine room.

Anny on deck - and instructions for German Sailors!
Anny on deck - and instructions for German Sailors!

Anny - Ship History

Anny was built in 1930 in Denmark by Carstensen and Henriksen of Skagen, originally as a fishing vessel under various names. She fished until 1972, with a period under German control during WWII. In 1972 she was converted to a topsail schooner and named ‘Fiddler’s Green’, following which she worked in Europe and the Caribbean and undertook a world tour. She was renamed ‘Anny’ by her previous German owners.

Anny came home to Charlestown in July 2019 to a warm Cornish welcome, after delivery from Germany by the harbour team, and officially became ‘Anny of Charlestown’ later that year. She was star of the show at Charlestown Maritime Festival in September and we think she will turn many heads as she sails into Cornwall's deep water ports and appears around rugged headlands.

Anny - Full Ships Specification

Rig topsail schooner
12 sails 211 sq metre
length on deck 63ft
length overall 89 ft  (28.7m)
draft 9ft (2.8m)
air draft 73ft (22.3m)
beam 16.2ft (4.8m)
engine Volvo Penta D7 262hp

Anny - Ship Construction

  • Planked in oak fastened to heavy sawn oak frames in the traditional manner.
  • Internal Oak ceiling planking giving enormous strength to the hull.
  • Solid semi-swept teak deck, caulked and payed in the traditional manner.
  • High bulwarks all round on stanchions through the coverboard, finished with a varnished oak capping rail.
  • Two separate deck houses with Oak frames give headroom below in the cabins.

Primary Skipper: Ed Chun

Ed has been sailing and skippering professionally for over a decade and has 120,000 nautical miles under his keel. He works as a skipper for all sorts of vessels, but his heart is on Anny, a love affair which started the moment he stepped aboard in Germany. Teaching traditional sailing is a real passion of Ed’s, and whether it’s a short day-sail or a longer cruise, guests can expect an immersive and hands-on experience. If he’s not on board during your trip he’ll be spending time with the other love of his life: his new baby daughter!

Anny's skipper Ed Chun
Anny's skipper Ed Chun

Guest Skipper: Phil Pryor

Phil’s CV is as long as Anny’s boom! He’s been sailing for longer than he’d care to admit, both as Skipper and Chief Engineer. He teaches marine engineering at Plymouth University as well us tutoring all manner of merchant marine safety courses including sea survival and global maritime distress communications. His skippering experience includes a wide variety of vessels from modern yachts to tallships. Phil brings a really special mix of exceptional sailing knowledge with a calm and encouraging attitude to teaching and skill sharing. He fits perfectly with our Anny ethos!

Skipper Phil

Permanent Mate: Alex Hancock

Alex has been part of the Anny team since we travelled to Germany to collect her. His previous experience is extensive, having worked on a wide variety of traditional ships including the three-masted barque Kaskelot, pilot cutter ‘Mascotte’, ketch ‘Bessie Ellen’ and Brigantine ‘Soren Larsen’. Alex’s sailing career has taken him all round the world but having been on the move and aboard ship more-or-less continuously for the last 5 years he is very happy to be putting down salty roots in Charlestown with Anny!
Alex knows Anny better than anyone, as he leads our winter maintenance programme and is her caretaker year-round. Alex is also an experienced ship’s cook, surfer and illustrator! 

Alex the Mate on Anny
Alex the Mate on Anny

Guest Cook & Operations Manager ashore - Jessie Atkinson

Jessie has been sailing professionally and working with traditional vessels for 10 years, working in all manner of roles from tallship deck crew, bosun, rigger and ship’s cook. She now manages Anny, and gets out sailing aboard whenever she can, bringing her extensive experience to both the deck and the galley!

Guest Deckhands

Anny works with a small pool of highly qualified and knowledgeable crew. We like to keep things vibrant and believe strongly that sailors are always teaching and always learning, and that sailing on a variety of vessels encourages this atmosphere of continuous development. Our guest crew all sail on a number of traditional ships, as well as being intimately familiar with Anny. They always bring with them enthusiasm, new ideas, and a desire to share the love of sailing!

Current sailing grounds

Anny - Kit List

anny waterproofs

Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses) 
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows 
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers - but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer

What is not included 

  • towels
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • wellie boots

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please! 

Anny does have waterproof jacket and trousers you can borrow in a variety of sizes. if you have your own outdoor waterproof of any type you might want to bring your own so you know you can get a good fit.


 If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022

  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a heavy waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies as the sea can come over deck if rough*.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on Pilgrims deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore 
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for French Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips 
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.

Anny does not always have wine bottles for sale on board so you are welcome to bring modest quantities of alcohol e.g. to drink with evening meals, but drinking whilst sailing is not allowed.

 

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Anny - Reviews

saloon on Anny looking towards corridor to double cabin

Anny is a new Charter boat owned by Charlestown Harbour. 2020 will be her first season in Cornwall, offering residential sailing holidays, so we don't have any feedback yet from her sailing guests.

Anny has been in the dock in Charlestown since 2019, but the lovely living space aboard Anny has not been unoccupied.  She has been offering Air B&B and tourists and travellers have been taking advantage of the unique setting in Poldark's famous port.

 

Here are a few Air B&B reviews for Anny this winter.

 

Alex 2019:

Anny is an absolutely stunning boat, and the crew could not have done more to make our stay magical and relaxing.

 

Neil 2019:

We had such a great weekend on Anny. She is a beautiful boat and the photos don't do her justice. She is well kitted out with a very comfortable galley area and the beds are all very comfy and cosy.

 

Laura 2019:

Beautiful clean boat, duvets and bedding amazing. Great hospitality! Would totally recommend this lovely boat.

 

Raymond 2020:

The ship is a beautiful unique way to spend your nights. Great facilities, stunning interior and the harbour is kept perfectly smooth from the sea barrier. Steeped in history Charlestown is a fascinating place to spend a few days! I would definitely recommend anyone and everyone to book here and give it a go. You won’t regret it!

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Itinerary

On a sailing voyage, we never use the word itinerary, as skippers will always be aiming for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast and most idyllic or sheltered anchors and ports. They are as keen as you to include some of the highlights described above, but you have to go with Mother Nature, not fight her.

Visas and Vaccinations

Classic sailing is unable to be an expert for advice on visas and vaccinations for customers traveling outside their own country.

Please seek advice relating to your nationality traveling to the countries of your voyage from the country you will be setting off from and returning to.

Passports

In most instances, you will need a passport that expires six months or more after your return to your home country.

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