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An Easter Break on a Pilot Cutter exploring the the Cornish coastline

If you would like to experience life on-board 46ft wooden beauty Agnes without having to commit to a longer trip then this short taster weekend is for you. Depending on the weather we will explore the quiet coves, creeks and inlets around the Cornish Coast. Evenings will be spent in or cosy saloon with a home-cooked meal and lively conversation. 

Embark
Fri, 19-04-2019 - 11:00
Falmouth
Disembark
Mon, 22-04-2019 - 15:00
Falmouth
Duration
3 Nights
Vessel
Agnes
Voyage No.
AG2019/03

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 450 GBP. BOOK NOW
*Booking fees may apply

Agnes - Short Spring or Autumn Weekend

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR

Beginners keen to try a new activity on a wooden pilot cutter with wide uncluttered decks; keen sailors who can't wait to 'blow the cobwebs away' and anyone who loves Cornwall in the springtime or autumn and wants 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 warm and cosy saloon to enjoy a freshly prepared meal cooked with local Cornish produce. The food on Agnes is destined to be one of her best selling points.

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

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. 

Join us for this short break exploring Cornwall’s small fishing ports and tiny anchorages. We will find all the best sandy beaches and steep sided creeks with wooded slopes. From the fishing communities of the Lizard, to the tiny stone harbours beyond Dodman Point.

Learning to sail this fine and beautiful pilot cutter will see you fully involved in all aspects of sailing. Sailors do really need hearty good food, and sailing a Pilot Cutter will really boost your appetite. Not only will you not go hungry, but you will be treated to some amazing dishes and be stunned as to what can be produced from the ships galley by the excelland chef Jo. 

meals are a highlight on all Agnes voyages
meals are a highlight on all Agnes voyages

 

Hard to say what was best. The boat was beautiful and comfortable. The Cornish coast was stunning. The food was plentiful and excellent. Luke and Joanna could not have been more friendly, helpful or knowledgeable - or hard working. A very different style of sailing to that which I have been used to - it adds a new dimension." David

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 the Milky Way has three dimensions, like the muscles in your arm. 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. 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.

Learning to steer a 46ft pilot cutter. Sailing Holiday in Cornwall
Helming Agnes with a small block and tackle as a tiller extension

HANDS ON HOLIDAYS

No previous experience of sailing is necessary, but we try to encourage our guests to participate fully with the sailing of this fine pilot cutter. You will find yourselves enriched by getting involved in the pulling of ropes and handling of sail.

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. We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities, and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels.  For example on some sail training orientated ships you may have to help clean the ship each morning. On other ship’s they have a bigger staff team and you can chose to just do the nautical fun bits and exploring ashore. Our vessel description will explain the ‘sailing style’ on Agnes in more detail, and what to expect in terms of hands on participation.

Agnes in her home waters of Cornwall

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

The Lizard Peninsula protects Falmouth Bay form much of the SW swell, and if the wind blows from the North West or North you have plenty of flat water sailing all along the coast from Lands End to Plymouth.  The drowned river valleys or rias offer a tranquil escape if conditions off the coast get a bit too sporting.  Tucked up the Fal, Helford or Fowey river you can enjoy the wildlife in the oak woods and salt marshes, or find a waterside inn.

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 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better. 

On a pilot cutter, its a team effort
On a pilot cutter, its a team effort

 

WHATS INCLUDED

• Skipper & mate/cook

• Sailing instruction

• All meals on board

• Port and landing fees

• Linen and duvets

• waterproofs

 

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

• Travel to and from ports

• Alcohol, but Agnes has wine and beer you can buy on board

• Towels

 

 

 

Falmouth, Cornwall

Latest port updates

 

We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. 

This is a list of the likely joining locations for each vessel, but sometimes they can also be at anchor. It is always best to call the ship's phone on the day. 

Custom House Quay next to the Chain Locker is the usual place for joining Grayhound, Irene and Eda Frandsen. 

Pendennis Marina behind the Maritime museum is the usual place for joining Agnes, Leader, Provident and Pilgrim. 

Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is 'Falmouth Town' (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.

Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving (see long term parking below) and want to drop your bags first. 

Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park  and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St),  tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for Falmouth.

The best way is to leave the A30 at Carlands Cross. Then follow the signs for Truro and then Falmouth.

There are short stay car parks at Custom House Quay for the Yacht Haven to drop your bags. Likewise for Port Pendennis there is a short stay car park by the Maritime Museum event square. Once you have dropped your bags you can normally find free parking within ten minutes walk of any harbour point in Falmouth by just parking in local residential streets.

There is a small, private, car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina, off Tinners Walk (TR11 3YL). You can pay for a week, using change at the pay and display ticket machine, for £35 approx.

Alternatively, you can use the Ponsharden Park & Float (signposted as you come in to Falmouth). Cars can be left here for the week, for around £35 before taking either the bus or a ferry ride in to the town centre.

Long stay parking

There is a long stay car park with a daily fee of £3 or a weekly fee of £18 (pay and display machine so bring change) off Tinner Walk close to the Falmouth Docks entrance and the RNLI station.  This is a private car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina but you will still be expected to pay - even if the vessel is in the marina.  Please do not risk the free berth holders car park next to the tennis courts.  

Rail & transfers

Train to the Falmouth Town Station which is on the branch line from Truro (or next halt is Falmouth Docks if joining a vessel in the docks). Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Air & transfers

Newquay Airport (NQY) is about 40 miles away and about £55 taxi fare.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

The Chain Locker

The Chain Locker pub in Falmouth is right on the water's edge and a perfect place to stay for joining your vessel, no matter which pontoon.

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.

Falmouth, Cornwall

Latest port updates

 

We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date. 

This is a list of the likely joining locations for each vessel, but sometimes they can also be at anchor. It is always best to call the ship's phone on the day. 

Custom House Quay next to the Chain Locker is the usual place for joining Grayhound, Irene and Eda Frandsen. 

Pendennis Marina behind the Maritime museum is the usual place for joining Agnes, Leader, Provident and Pilgrim. 

Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is 'Falmouth Town' (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.

Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving (see long term parking below) and want to drop your bags first. 

Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park  and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St),  tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for Falmouth.

The best way is to leave the A30 at Carlands Cross. Then follow the signs for Truro and then Falmouth.

There are short stay car parks at Custom House Quay for the Yacht Haven to drop your bags. Likewise for Port Pendennis there is a short stay car park by the Maritime Museum event square. Once you have dropped your bags you can normally find free parking within ten minutes walk of any harbour point in Falmouth by just parking in local residential streets.

There is a small, private, car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina, off Tinners Walk (TR11 3YL). You can pay for a week, using change at the pay and display ticket machine, for £35 approx.

Alternatively, you can use the Ponsharden Park & Float (signposted as you come in to Falmouth). Cars can be left here for the week, for around £35 before taking either the bus or a ferry ride in to the town centre.

Long stay parking

There is a long stay car park with a daily fee of £3 or a weekly fee of £18 (pay and display machine so bring change) off Tinner Walk close to the Falmouth Docks entrance and the RNLI station.  This is a private car park owned by Port Pendennis Marina but you will still be expected to pay - even if the vessel is in the marina.  Please do not risk the free berth holders car park next to the tennis courts.  

Rail & transfers

Train to the Falmouth Town Station which is on the branch line from Truro (or next halt is Falmouth Docks if joining a vessel in the docks). Trains come into Cornwall to Truro from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Air & transfers

Newquay Airport (NQY) is about 40 miles away and about £55 taxi fare.

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

The Chain Locker

The Chain Locker pub in Falmouth is right on the water's edge and a perfect place to stay for joining your vessel, no matter which pontoon.

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.

Agnes

Agnes is a 46ft wooden pilot cutter, owned and built by Luke Powell in 2003 and flagship of his boat-building company. Traditionally rigged from her lofty topmast to her barrel windlass Agnes is sailed with a certain panache as she explores the stunning coasts of the West Country and Celtic shores from Galicia to Scotland. Shipwright Luke and his wife Jo are thoughtful hosts effortlessly sharing their passion for sailing and the good life promising beautiful anchorages, amazing sunsets, delicious wine and feasting on freshly prepared meals. 

Statistics
  • Length overall : 64ft
  • Length on deck : 46ft
  • Year built : 2003
  • Vessel type/rig : Gaff Cutter
  • Guest berths : 6
  • Crew berths : 2

 

The Experts View: What Agnes Does Best

Agnes is a powerful 46ft pilot cutter offering adventure holidays in Cornwall and beyond
Agnes in full flow. photo by Nic Compton

Summer Cruising with Style

If you have ever fantasised about living on a wooden boat and sailing under canvas to wherever the winds take you, then a voyage on Agnes comes close to that dream. This comfortable and spacious vessel is a joy to live on as she boasts full standing headroom below decks with large skylights which fill her with sunlight. The beautifully crafted interior has the modern additions of a fridge, freezer, wood-burner and a washroom with shower. Her accommodation is light and airy and with a maximum of 8 people on board there is room for all to socialise in comfort or find your own little bolt hole. The uncluttered wooden decks provide enough space to stride confidently to a task at the mast or sunbathe under the bulwarks. Many of us would love to steal her.....but you can pretend she is yours for the voyage.

Sharing a Life Under Working Sail

After building eight new wooden pilot cutters, shipwright Luke Powell was determined to enjoy the fruits of his labours; In 2014 he adeptly swapped professions from boat-builder to entertaining charter skipper. Together Luke and his wife Jo make an amazing team and over the last few years have introduced hundreds of guest crews to Agnes and their favourite sailing grounds. Luke is now building a 9th pilot cutter called 'Pellew' but will still be skippering Agnes on some trips. When Luke is not aboard, Jo Powell helps keep Agnes true to her ethos and cooks delicious meals whilst guest skippers like Melissa or Jelte carry on the tradition of sailing Agnes with panache. You cannot help be drawn into their life of linseed oil, perfect sail trim, rowing tenders and oil lamps. 

Had the best sail ever on Agnes...with Luke as Captain. he's a great artist, sailor and fun guy to be with and Joanna's tasty fish stew and homemade scones and jam made it perfect...and Agnes - her spirit so strong and powerful, yet graceful and gentle - a true goddess of sail. I would trust Agnes in any sea and any weather - Shes Cosmic ! Jeanette, Tuscon, Arizona.

 

Agnes on her 'summer holidays' in Galicia, Northern Spain
Agnes on her 'summer holidays' in Galicia, Northern Spain

Showcasing Wooden Ship Building

If you respect craftmanship and have an interest in maritime history then sailing on Agnes will the place to learn more. Concerned by the lack of sailing examples of the working sail boats that once graced Britain's shores, Luke has been trying to re-dress the balance by researching and building historic replicas. The original Agnes was built in 1841 and was the last pilot cutter to work out the Isles of Scilly.  In building new wooden beauties like Agnes, Eve, Lizzie May, Hesper, Tallulah, Amelie Rose, Ezra, Freja and now Pellew he has created a future for British wooden boat-building which has spread beyond one company.....and it also means there are a lot more traditional charter boats out there for us to sail.

Agnes under sail in Cornwall

What to Expect

Style of Sailing

Agnes carries a lot of sail with no winches. Even the anchor windlass is an authentic barrel windlass with spokes to turn. Agnes' crew like to travel under sail as much as possible, so if you are looking for a real hands on sailing holiday on a very powerful cutter then Agnes is one to try. Her wide decks and high bulwarks (wooden walls around the deck) give a sense of security so she is equally a great choice for those new to sailing. You will learn a lot of old fashioned seamanship, simply by sailing the Agnes way.

If you are sailing overnight on a longer passage, you will be part of a watch rota with the skipper or mate, but many of the trips make the most of daylight hours for sailing and aim to relax in an anchorage over night.

Agnes' cruising style is adapted to give guests a wonderful chance to visit natural environments far from the madding crowd, and after a good day spent out in the elements you will be able to retreat to the warm and cosy saloon to enjoy a freshly prepared meal cooked with local produce. The skippers and crew specialise in searching out unspoilt and quiet coves for anchorage, where Agnes can create a scene from another century. 

Barrel windlass, female crews and learning to steer on Agnes
Barrel windlass, female crews and learning to steer on Agnes

Life on Board

Onboard Agnes, you will never go hungry as the food supplied will be delicious, fresh and if possible locally sourced. As well as being an experienced traditional boat sailor, the chef, Joanna Powell has a great love of cooking and and is clearly evident in the food she prepares on each voyage. Guest cooks like Diana also effortlessly whistle up meals below, whilst the guest crew gather with anticipation around the helmsman's long thwart seat, enjoying tea and cake or when anchored pre supper tapas with a glass of wine.The ambience of sharing freshly cooked meals on board with locally sourced ingredients is an important part of the experience and style that is the Powell family trademark. Lookout for the special gourmet voyages featured in Agnes' voyage schedule.

Agnes sleeps 6 guests with 2 crew. Below deck there is spacious headroom for most guest crews with 4 bunks in a forward cabin, two bunks opposite the washroom, and a comfortable saloon and galley area for socialising in.  Please see the accommodation page for photos and full details. 

Luke and Jo Powell share their passion for good food and wine on board.
Luke and Jo Powell share their passion for good food and wine on board.

Accommodation

Pilot Cutter Agnes has a light interior with big skylights and hatches for a 46ft vessel
Forward hatch: Agnes has a light interior with big skylights and hatches for a 46ft vessel

 

Below Decks 

Beautifully crafted Agnes is a homely and spacious vessel with full standing headroom below decks. The unusually large skylights maximise the feeling of space as the sunlight streams below into the comfortable saloon. For chillier or more inclement days the wood-burner will provide a warming backdrop to enjoy your evening glass of wine. With a maximum of 8 people on board there is plenty of room to socialise together or if you wish to have a moment to yourself there is always a little nook to retire too. 

Agnes sleeps 6 guests with 2 crew. For guests, there are 4 bunks in a forward cabin and 2 bunks opposite the good sized washroom complete with shower. There is plenty of hot water and the bunks are all made up with linen, duvets and pillows! 

Many of us would love to steal her.....but you can pretend she is yours for the voyage.

 

Agnes - interior. Saloon looking forward
The saloon is free of sleeping berths (except an upper pilot berth used occasionally).

 

Agnes interior - Saloon looking aft towards companionway and skippers cabin
Saloon looking aft towards companionway and skippers cabin beyond
Agnes being built at Gweek, Cornwall.
Agnes being built at Gweek, Cornwall.

Agnes was built by Luke Powell in 2003 to the lines of the original Agnes of 1841, a top pilot cutter from the Isles of Scilly. Originally 46' on deck by 13' 3' beam by 8'6 draft and weighs 26 tons Agnes is a gaff rigged vessel where her main port is Falmouth in Cornwall. 

 

Meet the Skipper & Crew

Jo and Luke Powell are great hosts On Agnes Pilot cutter.
Luke and Jo Powell are great hosts on Agnes.

Skipper, Business Partner, Mate and Chef - Joanna

Joanna Powell creates a classic Agnes sailing holiday more than anyone else. Since Agnes became a charter boat, Jo has shaped the style of voyages, and been your host, creator of feasts for gourmet voyages and a vastly experienced ships mate. 

In 2018 Jo steps into her role as skipper. Some would say she has been doing that for years!

Jo may modestly introduce herself as the ships cook if Luke or Jelte are on board as skipper, but she is also the boss! Luke and Jo make a great team when sailing together, but Luke is now building a 68ft pilot cutter at the Rhoda Mary Shipyard, so he is only on a few voyages as skipper this year.

Jo Powell will be on board for the majority of voyages to keep Agnes 'running true' - either as skipper or your host. Jelte from The Netherlands is the Agnes other regular skipper, when he is not working on barque Europa as 1st mate.  Jelte has already successfully carried on Luke's tradition of flamboyant sailing and comfortable cruising last season and raced Agnes at the pilot cutter World Championships in 2017.

 Skipper - Luke Powell

Luke Powell helming the 7th pilot cutter he built - Freja
Luke Powell helming the 7th pilot cutter he built - Freja

To some, Luke has had an unconventional life or has he been lucky enough to be able to follow his passions and build upon his dreams. Luke's influence on the renaissance of wooden boat building in this country cannot be under estimated and it would be hard to find a more passionate and experienced skipper for working wooden boats. Luke has built 8 pilot cutters with Agnes being one of the largest so far and the care and love that has been given to this beautiful boat ensures that overall maintenance is maintained to a high standard. With many voyages under his belt, Luke will ensure that any trip will be full of adventure; happily passing his passion and knowledge to all crew members with flair.   

 Skipper - Jelte Hibma

Dutchman Jelte Hibma is one of the skippers on Agnes in 2017
Skipper Jelte Hibma racing Agnes with guests at the Pilot Cutter Review 2017

Jelte Hibma is a passionate skipper with the love of traditional sailing craft. Jelte is very much at home on any boat and is currently first mate on the wonderful Tall Ship Europa.

 Guest Skipper - Melissa

Melissa is now working ashore full time in Classic Sailing HQ but you may find her back as relief skipper, mate....or just any excuse to sail the lovely Agnes.

Many years ago, Melissa decided that a career in sailing was for her and left her gallery assistant position in London for the shores of the West Country and has not looked back since. Melissa started teaching sailing in Scotland and now has numerous crewing and skippering adventures to boast about. From the shores of Cornwall to Spain Melissa is a very experienced and passionate skipper for traditional sailing boats. 

former skipper on Agnes and occasional relief skipper Melissa Williams
former skipper on Agnes and occasional relief skipper Melissa Williams
Current sailing grounds
Explore the Coast on a local boat, wooded creeks, smugglers quays, secret coves & waterside inns

Agnes - Kit List

Pilot Cutter Agnes - see our kit list on what to wear

Kit List for Agnes 

Included

  • Sailing instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • All meals to include cooked breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments throughout the day.
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows and towels. 

What's Not Included

  • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
  • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
  • Meals ashore
  • Alcoholic Beverages

 

What to bring

There is limited storage space on Agnes so please pack all you belongings in a soft rucksack or bag.

Footwear: Shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes. (Sandals are great for beaches but you do need toe protection for sailing). Agnes has solid wood decks so waterproof walking boots are fine at sea in moderate winds and dry conditions and great for voyages where you might do some rough terrain walking like Scillies or Scotland voyages.

Rubber Boots or second pair of shoes for wet weather or getting in/out of dinghies. 

Swim suit & beach towel

Suntan lotion & sunglasses

Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves

Clothes that dry quickly like fleeces and thermals. Mix of warm, waterproof & windproof layers. Wool jumpers are warm, even when wet, but can take a while to dry. Merino wool type shirts are good for under layers.

Small rucksack for going ashore

Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets

Passport for French Voyages, Ireland or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where Brittany might be an alternative option. On French voyages Reciprocal Free Health Care Card for Europe.

Personal medicines/ spectacles/ seasick tablets –check which brand if you suffer from asthma or are on regular medication.

Camera/binoculars etc

Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals

You are welcome to bring musical instruments

 

Sailing kit for rough and calm weather on Agnes
Sailing kit for rough and calm weather on Agnes

Agnes - Reviews

Happy crew on an early season voyage on Agnes

Enjoy the most

There was lots that was good. Sailing, Claudia's art instruction, racing with the working boats around Mousehole, the Sea Salts and Sail Festival. I couldn't possibly choose a "best bit".

Worst Bit

Nothing at all about the voyage.
The rail journey down was a disaster.

Why do you sail?

I enjoy just about all aspects of sailing other than that occasional struggle to windward in a chop that one sometimes has to do. I unwind quicker sailing than with just about anything else.

Voyage Summary

Joanna Powell was absolutely brilliant as skipper, cook, host, friend and more. Claudia Myatt was a great inspiration with art, giving many great tips and ideas that suited us all very well. Full marks all round!

Gordon S on Agnes July 2018

Agnes - Sailing in Cornwall

 

What was the best bit?

Authentic experience of sailing on this remarkable boat and seeing the other Pilot Cutters racing in such lovely surroundings, quite magical! It was a very pleasurable sailing with this group and we were looked after with incredible care, fantastic catering, hosts Luke and Joanna made a very entertaining duo in the racing, I was delighted to be part of it!

What was the worst bit?

Getting to Falmouth from Holland, with a bike, 5 busses, two planes a train and very long walk!

Why do you sail?

I've just turned 50 so I was looking for an excuse not to have a party, so I had a holiday, was a good choice now looking forward to my 51st!!

Any other comments

I was quite amazed at the investment and quality of the work that went in to building these craft, It is fantastic in this world of light weight cheap materials and very expensive stuff that would break with in a few years to see a craft built at great cost from good materials that is working for a living, although I doubt whether the money is the driving force! It is great that there is a revival in appreciation of a very much more romantic time of sea craft!" - Thank you Ben D. We quite agree! (Pilot Cutter Review 2018) 

Agnes at the Pilot Cutter Review - Guest Feedback Photo - Ben. D.
Agnes at the Pilot Cutter Review - Guest Feedback Photo - Ben. D.

 

What was the best bit?

This was one of the best experiences I have had. The exhilaration of moving under sail power. Such a majestic boat, the privilege of entering and leaving port under sail is immense. The crew, Jelta and Nilla were magnificent, very calm and truly professional. Food and company top class. Lunch on deck 26 degrees of heel, sun on your back, amazing !

What was the worst bit?

Having to go back ashore !

Why do you sail? 

I read an article in a Sunday newspaper on classic boats and was intrigued. I was not disappointed

Any other comments

I intend to repeat the experience .
The trip surpassed all my expectations.
The crew were totally committed to classic boats and a very sound knowledge of Agnes we all had complete confidence in them. They made the whole trip."

Thanks Bart M for a fantastic review on Agnes to the Isles of Scilly this year in May 2018!

 

Best Bits! - "Sailing across to and back from gull rock with the deck at a tilt - felt like proper sailing." 

Why do you sail? "I do not sail much, it is an occasional treat, but I love the sea (do a lot of sea kayaking) and I love the history of the old style wooden sailing ships."

Any other comments? "Food was amazing over the whole weekend. Was lovely to see the small Cornish villages as well, especially as it felt quite quiet that weekend, no madding crowds. And crew were great, very nice people." - Anon April Voyage 2018

 

"Hard to say what was best. The boat was beautiful and comfortable. The Cornish coast was stunning. The food was plentiful and excellent. Luke and Joanna could not have been more friendly, helpful or knowledgeable - or hard working. A very different style of sailing to that which I have been used to - it adds a new dimension." David 

"Luke and Jo were fabulous hosts and excellent skippers.Very Enjoyable all round." Brendan, on Agnes 

"A rare privillege to be able to share a few days another time and world in which I felt totally at ease and safe in the care of Luke, Jo and the lovely Agnes." Best bits? "Sharing the boaty converation with skipper and crew and having the opportunity to sail a boat similar to those of my Bristol Channel Pilot ancestors." Pre voyage arrangements 5 star. Good mix of sailing and ashore. Felt safe all the time." Alison, on Agnes 

 "enjoyed every minute of it, especially when at the tiller. Worst bit ? "There was nothing I didnt enjoy". Summing up the voyage - "Brilliant experience" 5 stars for welcome arrival, accommodation on board, safety briefing, safety, sailing, personal attention, skipper and food. Sandra, on Agnes

"A special sailing experience. Delighted to have the opportunity to sail with Luke and hear all about his boat building/ sailing history. Added bonus of sailing to the Scillies and if the weather had been ok we would have fitted in a trip to Ireland as well." 5 stars for Classic Sailing website, pre voyage arrangements, arrival welcome, the sailing, the mix of sailing and ashore, accomodation, safety briefing, sailing, personal attention, skipper and paid crew food. Delia, on Agnes

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