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Devon Taster Sail and Spring Explorer on a Brixham Trawler

Get away from it all onboard a relaxing Devon Short Break Cruise. During  this 3 night Devon short break, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer. It is a great way to see familiar places like Torbay, Dartmouth and Salcombe from a completely new perspective. 

Embark
Tue, 24-04-2018 - 13:00
Brixham
Disembark
Fri, 27-04-2018 - 12:00
Brixham
Duration
3 Nights
Vessel
Pilgrim
Voyage No.
PM240418

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Available. PRICE: 325 GBP. BOOK NOW
*Booking fees may apply

Pilgrim - 2 or 3 Day Short Break from Brixham

IDEAL VOYAGE

Pilgrim's 2 and 3 night taster voyages are ideal for both beginners and those who would like an introduction to traditional sailing. Exploring from Brixham, there are plenty of places to visit and pretty anchorages and coves to stop for lunch. These trips are ideal gifts or for those who might be thinking if a longer trip is for them. With a maximum of ten guest crew, there will be plenty of opportunity to take the helm, help to hoist the sails or simply take in the scenery and enjoy being out on the water. Let Pilgrim show you the very best that Devon has to offer. 

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • 74ft length on deck historic sailing trawler
  • South Devon expert.
  • Friendly and helpful instruction
  • Freshly cooked food and accommodation all onboard.
  • Comfortable berths
Pilgrim of Brixham
Pilgrim of Brixham

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Brixham Sailing Trawler Pilgrim, with her distinctive red sails and old fishing number BM45, is the newest addition to a small fleet of historic vessels sailing out of Brixham.


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.

Devon Short Break on a Historic Brixham Trawler

Get away from it all onboard a relaxing Devon Short Break Cruise. During these 2 or 3 night Devon short breaks you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon coastline has to offer. It is a great way to see familiar places like Torbay, Dartmouth and Salcombe from a completely new perspective. This is so much more than a boat trip and you will be able to get stuck in and experience at first hand the breathtaking beauty of traditional heritage vessel sailing.

All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and our Skipper and Crew will be on hand to make sure that you have a great time!

Pilgrim of Brixham
Pilgrim of Brixham

What to Expect on your Devon Short Break

Leaving from Brixham which is home port to Pilgrim BM45, you will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895. No two short break sails are exactly the same. However, a typical Devon Short Break will take us around Berry Head towards Dartmouth, Slapton Sands and Salcombe, visiting picturesque anchorage points and places of interest along the way.

You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!

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.

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. 

 

 

WHATS INCLUDED 

• Skipper & professional crew
• Sailing instruction
• All meals on board
• Port and landing fees
• Linen and duvets

WHATS NOT INCLUDED 

  • Travel to and from ports
  • Alcohol
  • Towels
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal travel insurance

 

Brixham, UK

Latest port updates

Google Map - Events Pontoon Brixham

Brixham Joining or leaving point.

 

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship! 

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe (07867 898625)

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving Directions

From the North

On the M5, continue past Exeter. The road becomes the A38 shortly thereafter.
Keep left and fork LEFT onto the A380, signposted for Torquay. Continue on that road to the end of the dual carriageway, straight over the large roundabout at Newton Abbot and through Kingskerswell.
Then turn RIGHT at the next roundabout onto the Ring Road, signposted for Paignton and Brixham.
Carry on past the end of the dual carriageway and through the outskirts of Paignton. Go straight over at a large crossroads following signs for Brixham, past Booker, Sainsbury’s and Bookham on the right. Turn right at the next T-junction on the A3022, signposted Brixham and Dartmouth.
Stay on that road, keeping to the left-hand lane at the traffic lights on the outskirts of Brixham. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town, by Brixham Theatre, turn left into Market Street and follow signs for the harbour. Turn right into The Strand, leaving the harbour on the left. The road turns away from the harbour then hard left up King Street. You will see the harbour below you on the left.
About 600 yards further on there are signs for a car park on the left, by the water’s edge. Go down the ramp, turn left and drive past the lifeboat station to the unloading bay by the marina building. You are allowed time to put your belongings in a trolley and bring them to the pontoon where the boat will be moored, which is about 200 yards past the marina office.

From the East, 

On the A303 the road becomes the A30 and joins the M5 just North of Exeter. Follow instructions as above.

From the West, 

Stay on the A38 past Plymouth, exit at junction signposted to Totnes and Paignton by a shell garage. Follow the road into Totnes; turn Left at the first set of traffic lights down a hill, and then right at the T-junction. Go straight over the two roundabouts following signs to Paignton, and out of Totnes. As you enter Paignton turn right towards Brixham at the large junction, and follow directions as above.

Parking

After checking in, take your car to the long-stay 'Breakwater' car park on the opposite side of the main road. The entrance is about 50 yards past the entrance to the waterside car park and marina area. Post code is: TQ58BY

There are many car parks in Brixham, most are long stay with the exclusion of Brixham Central.

Classic Sailing tip- if you arrive early, drop your bags on board and look for street parking on the residential streets high above the harbour out towards Berry Head. Mounts Road is often a good bet .

 

Train

Paignton is the end of a Branch Line from Exeter St Davids (Main Station). Trains come to Exeter from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Take the train to Paignton (may require a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), and then by taxi (about 15 minutes) or bus (Number 12, 25) to Brixham. There is a taxi rank outside the train station and the bus station is opposite. The bus arrives in Brixham beside a car park. Walk through the car park to the far end, continue down the narrow lane at the end you will then come to the Harbour. Turn right, then left, keeping the harbour on your left, walk towards the Marina, the boats are on the Town Pontoon opposite The Prince William Pub.

Bus and Coach

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there are buses (No 15) and coaches going to Brixham.  National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm

For Local services http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L1=PAI003&op=D

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away. Exeter UK Flights currently from Aberdeen, BelfastCity, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Taxi - Torbay Taxi 01803 213 521 www.torbaycabcompany.co.uk

History

Brixham has been a fishing port for many centuries and is still one of the biggest fishing ports in England.

The last invasion of England.

On 5th November 1688 Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham. Before moving on to Exeter and later to London, his army camped on the high ground around Brixham, whilst William ‘went down the hill unto the Fishermen's little house; one of which he made into a Palace for that time‘. He later went on to be crowned King William III of England.

Attractions

Brixham has a great little museum called Brixham Heritage Museum and is well worth a visit.
Berry Head is a large dramatic headland a short walk out of Town and there are lots of good coastal walks.

There are many facilities’ in the Torbay area, cinemas, theatre galleries etc. www.englishriviera.co.uk

Annual Events

Brixham Heritage Festival and the Pirate and Shanty Festival both happen in May.

Anchorage Guest House Brixham www.brixham-anchorage.co.uk

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk.

 

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.

Brixham, UK

Latest port updates

Google Map - Events Pontoon Brixham

Brixham Joining or leaving point.

 

Assemble towards the end of the Events Pontoon Red Point above. Zoom in to your ship! 

For Pilgrim, Provident, Leader, Golden Vanity and Grayhound, your boat will be berthed on Brixham Town Pontoon, on the east side of Brixham Harbour, opposite The Prince William Pub. Your joining times can be found on your confirmation email.

The boats can be recognised as follows:

LEADER Black hull and bulwarks, with red stripe (07811 330 536)

PROVIDENT Green hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 537)

GOLDEN VANITY Pale blue hull with black bulwarks above (07811 330 538)

PILGRIM Black hull and bulwarks with yellow stripe (07867 898625)

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Driving Directions

From the North

On the M5, continue past Exeter. The road becomes the A38 shortly thereafter.
Keep left and fork LEFT onto the A380, signposted for Torquay. Continue on that road to the end of the dual carriageway, straight over the large roundabout at Newton Abbot and through Kingskerswell.
Then turn RIGHT at the next roundabout onto the Ring Road, signposted for Paignton and Brixham.
Carry on past the end of the dual carriageway and through the outskirts of Paignton. Go straight over at a large crossroads following signs for Brixham, past Booker, Sainsbury’s and Bookham on the right. Turn right at the next T-junction on the A3022, signposted Brixham and Dartmouth.
Stay on that road, keeping to the left-hand lane at the traffic lights on the outskirts of Brixham. At the traffic lights in the centre of the town, by Brixham Theatre, turn left into Market Street and follow signs for the harbour. Turn right into The Strand, leaving the harbour on the left. The road turns away from the harbour then hard left up King Street. You will see the harbour below you on the left.
About 600 yards further on there are signs for a car park on the left, by the water’s edge. Go down the ramp, turn left and drive past the lifeboat station to the unloading bay by the marina building. You are allowed time to put your belongings in a trolley and bring them to the pontoon where the boat will be moored, which is about 200 yards past the marina office.

From the East, 

On the A303 the road becomes the A30 and joins the M5 just North of Exeter. Follow instructions as above.

From the West, 

Stay on the A38 past Plymouth, exit at junction signposted to Totnes and Paignton by a shell garage. Follow the road into Totnes; turn Left at the first set of traffic lights down a hill, and then right at the T-junction. Go straight over the two roundabouts following signs to Paignton, and out of Totnes. As you enter Paignton turn right towards Brixham at the large junction, and follow directions as above.

Parking

After checking in, take your car to the long-stay 'Breakwater' car park on the opposite side of the main road. The entrance is about 50 yards past the entrance to the waterside car park and marina area. Post code is: TQ58BY

There are many car parks in Brixham, most are long stay with the exclusion of Brixham Central.

Classic Sailing tip- if you arrive early, drop your bags on board and look for street parking on the residential streets high above the harbour out towards Berry Head. Mounts Road is often a good bet .

 

Train

Paignton is the end of a Branch Line from Exeter St Davids (Main Station). Trains come to Exeter from many parts of the UK. http://www.raileasy.co.uk

Take the train to Paignton (may require a change at Exeter or Newton Abbot), and then by taxi (about 15 minutes) or bus (Number 12, 25) to Brixham. There is a taxi rank outside the train station and the bus station is opposite. The bus arrives in Brixham beside a car park. Walk through the car park to the far end, continue down the narrow lane at the end you will then come to the Harbour. Turn right, then left, keeping the harbour on your left, walk towards the Marina, the boats are on the Town Pontoon opposite The Prince William Pub.

Bus and Coach

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there are buses (No 15) and coaches going to Brixham.  National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham. http://www.nationalexpress.com/coach/index.cfm

For Local services http://www.carlberry.co.uk/rfnlistr.asp?L1=PAI003&op=D

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away. Exeter UK Flights currently from Aberdeen, BelfastCity, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guernsey, Jersey, Leeds – Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Norwich.

Taxi - Torbay Taxi 01803 213 521 www.torbaycabcompany.co.uk

History

Brixham has been a fishing port for many centuries and is still one of the biggest fishing ports in England.

The last invasion of England.

On 5th November 1688 Prince William of Orange landed in Brixham. Before moving on to Exeter and later to London, his army camped on the high ground around Brixham, whilst William ‘went down the hill unto the Fishermen's little house; one of which he made into a Palace for that time‘. He later went on to be crowned King William III of England.

Attractions

Brixham has a great little museum called Brixham Heritage Museum and is well worth a visit.
Berry Head is a large dramatic headland a short walk out of Town and there are lots of good coastal walks.

There are many facilities’ in the Torbay area, cinemas, theatre galleries etc. www.englishriviera.co.uk

Annual Events

Brixham Heritage Festival and the Pirate and Shanty Festival both happen in May.

Anchorage Guest House Brixham www.brixham-anchorage.co.uk

We are keen to keep this information accurate and we welcome your comments skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk.

 

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.

Pilgrim

1895 Brixham Sailing Trawler Pilgrim, with her distinctive red sails and old fishing number BM45, is the newest addition to a small fleet of historic vessels sailing out of Brixham. This 74ft wooden sailing ship was once part of a fleet of over 2000 deep sea sailing trawlers that revolutionised the way fish were caught in Europe. Today only a handful of these wooden sailing trawlers have survived, and Classic Sailing are proud to work with four of them in their new role as adventure charter vessels. These seaworthy and powerful sailing vessels take crossing the Channel in their stride, make comfortable expedition ships for exploring near and far, and offer stable platforms for those new to sailing.  

Statistics

 

  • Length overall: 94ft (28.82m)
  • Length on deck:74ft (22.70m)

 

  • Year built: 1895
  • Vessel type/rig:Gaff Ketch

 

  • Guest berths: 10
  • Crew berths: 2 - 4

 

Our Expert View: What does Pilgrim do Best?

Short Break Specialist - Every Sort of Taster

Pilgrim has a good mix of shorter 2-3 day voyages which make affordable presents for friends or relatives that love sailing or want to give it a go. Classic Sailing can help arrange surprise birthday experiences or you can buy gift vouchers of any value that can be used on Pilgrim or any of the Classic Sailing Fleet (lasts 3 years). 

Devon has a good reputation for its food, local produce and Brixham is a working fishing port landing fresh fish every day. There are a lot of food festivals locally to celebrate the 'Taste of the West' so Pilgrim likes to make an appearance at seafood and crab festivals, Real Ale and Music events in places like Dartmouth and Salcombe.

If you have even less time, then Pilgrim's Day Sail, Bed and Breakfast Combination are proving very popular. Perhaps you are already planning a land based holiday in Devon and fancy extending your stay an extra night. If you are a newcomer to sailing, or not sure if you would enjoy a residential sailing voyage, then trying only one night after an exciting days sailing is a way to break you in gently. The bunks have linen and duvets and Pilgrim supplies waterproofs if you need them, so all you have to do is give it a go.

She also likes to reconnect with her deep sea fishing tradition by going further afield to French festivals, Isles of Scilly , or simply cruise the South Devon and Cornish coast looking magnificent.

Plenty of room on Pilgrim's wide decks

Virtually Re Built in New Timbers

Built in Brixham in 1895, Pilgrim has benefited from substantial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and local donors to be able to carry out a major rebuild to launch her charter career. Most of her hull and deck have been built as new in nearby Dartmouth. She is a close to a new wooden Brixham trawler you can get without losing her original character or sense of history. Below decks the living accommodation is communal, but with comfort and stylish catering in mind. Pilgrim aims to give all ages an authentic sailing experience and is unashamedly aimed at an adult holiday market, rather than youth sail training. As Brixham is a popular holiday destination, she also regularly puts her crews catering skills and ample deck space to good use and hosts group parties and day sails.

Pilgrim and Grayhound sailing near Berry Head and the entrance to Brixham
Pilgrim and Grayhound sailing near Berry Head and the entrance to Brixham

A thoroughbred in Channel chop and Long Atlantic Swell

Brixham trawlers were built to fish in the deep, rough seas around our shores. Their decks afforded a lot of working space and they had to be stable enough for fishermen to work on deck in any weather and handle the heavy trawl net. They have incredible stability so you get a slight angle of heel and the high sides (bulwarks) make Pilgrim feel like the authentic sailing ship that she is. You can stroll down the vast wooden decks in conditions where you would be on your hands and knees on a lighter yacht. Pilgrim is 74ft on deck and with a 65 ft waterline so with a decent sailing breezes she is likely to cruise at 6-7 knots.

If you want to try your first Channel crossing, or venture out into the Atlantic Ocean swell between Lands End and the Scillies then Pilgrim is going to be a lot less bouncy than a typical yacht. She is no slouch either as she carries the same amount of sail as she would have used fishing....but without the drag of the trawl net. 

Her full time skipper Brendan has been a modern day trawler man so he can tell you all about how these mighty vessels would stream a beam trawl net and fish under sail alone.

Pilgrim at sea. Photo by Ian Kippax

What to Expect on Board Pilgrim

Sailing Style

You will notice straight away that we like to involve you in making decisions about passage plans and destinations – after all it is your holiday!  The old adage about the enjoying the journey not just the destination is applied to sailing aboard Pilgrim so our aim is not to rush our guests into reaching a destinationbut to enjoy the sailing the scenery and the overall experience of classic sailing. The regular skipper Brendan loves to sail as much as possible and if the wind is from the West you have plenty of flat seas in Torbay to set upto 7 sails....or less depending on the wind strength. Our two engines are normally only used for exit and entry into port.

Pilgrim represents a great example of a “working boat” with the deck having been authentically restored to the traditional gaff rigged, sailing trawler layout.  You will find various places to sit, from the oak “transom” at the stern of the boat behind the mizzen mast and on deck lockers around the main hatchway which have a grandstand view of the passing scenery or seascapes. 

Gaff rigged sails have two halliards to hoist them called peak and throat hallaird
Gaff rigged sails have two halyards to hoist them called peak and throat halyardrd

As with most working boats in the Classic Sailing fleet, Pilgrim has high bulwarks (wooden sides) around the deck so even in rough weather novices can stride confidently down the deck and feel reassuringly secure.  Pilgrim will heel over in strong winds, but this is often when she is most steady with wind in her sails and a very deep long keel to keep her tracking straight. You just have to learn to walk on the slant. People often think a sailing trawler must be slow, but these powerful craft were designed to have enough canvas to tow a heavy beam trawl, so without that drag they can be awesome.  Pilgrim has sailed upto 10 knots which creates a hell of a bow wave....and quite a challenge on the tiller.

In Victorian times sailing trawlers like Pilgrim, Leader or Provident would have been steered with a huge tiller. If you want that authenic experience of tiller steering a ship that is 94ft long from bowsprit to mizzen boom end then Pilgrim is the only one of the three that has not converted to wheel steering.

Relief skipper Dave Carson explaining how to keep Pilgrim sailing fast
Old and New skills. Relief skipper Dave Carson explaining the course on a chart plotter

Life on Board

Over refreshments the skipper will run through an essential safety briefing including the use of equipment such as lifejackets, liferafts etc to ensure that everything is clearly understood. The skipper will discuss with you the proposed itinerary for your sail. This will always depend on the prevailing weather and the port we are sailing from. Don’t forget your camera and sunblock (even on cloudy days).

Meanwhile the crew will be preparing to slip lines to set sail. Pilgrim is rigged to sail with up to 7 red sails. Previous sailing experience is not necessary. All guests are very welcome to join the crew, including novices who can learn new skills. Those with experience will especially enjoy and appreciate the scale of our rig and to see how these big old vessels perform under sail. You can take the helm and steer Pilgrim – don’t worry we won’t leave you unsupervised!

Pilgrim is very much a charter vessel with operations geared to offer enjoyable holidays rather than sail training. Of course the crew hop you will want to get involved in the physical sailing, but if you prefer you are more than welcome to just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Pilgrim represents a great example of a “working boat” with our top deck having been authentically restored to the traditional gaff rigged, sailing trawler layout. On deck you will find various places to sit, from the oak “transom” (the stern of the boat behind the smaller (mizzen) mast) and on deck lockers around the main hatchway. Don’t worry, the crew will keep an eye on you to make sure you are safe and if necessary ask you to move to other areas to allow for hauling or trimming of sails etc. There are no covered areas on deck so wind and waterproof clothing is recommended. (We do have some nice warm “throws” if you feel a bit chilly).

Taste of the West - Food On Pilgrim

In addition to her residential voyages Pilgrim offers a range of food themed daysails from her home port of Brixham, making the most of the fresh fish coming in each day at the fish market.  She has also hosted many alongside events so she is well fitted out for catering and eating alfresco on deck and below decks with style.

Food is a very important part of her voyages and she carries a chef as part of the 4 person crew. One of her regular chefs is Linda who is also a director of the not for profit company that runs Pilgrim, so you have a chef that has been fully involved in the Pilgrim Project and restoration from the start.

Pilgrim attends several food and drink festivals like Dartmouth Seafood Festival, so if you fancy a sailing break with even more emphasis on local produce then check out Pilgrim's foodie themed voyages.

Antique lights in Pilgrim's saloon

Below Decks Accommodation on Pilgrim

After a project lasting several years, thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and many individual donors and volunteers this historic Brixham trawler has been restored to her former Victorian glory.

Read more about her history and restoration

For her vital statistics and full equipment list see Pilgrims Ship Specification

Pilgrim saloon table and looking forward
Pilgrim saloon table and looking forward

Re-built with New Timbers & Antique Fittings

The work has been carried out to the highest possible standards by a large team of skilled craftsmen and a dedicated team of volunteers. Externally, within the demands of current legislation, she has been restored closely and as feasible to her original 1895 appearance with traditional rigging, oak blocks and red sails, a wide expanse of pine decking, teak companionways and oak capping rails.

The fit-out design for below deck has bulkheads of warm and inviting cream glossed tongue and groove pine trimmed with seasoned English oak (much of which has been reworked and reused from the old original 1895 Pilgrim deck beams) and teak doors with brass detailin­­­­g. Many of the fixtures and fittings below deck have been sourced from other historic ships to give a real feel of a bye-gone era.

These include doors from the RMS Windsor Castle and brass lights from the Italian Liner Augustus to name but a few! A credit to the team who have driven this challenging project!

Wide bunks in the main saloon on Pilgrim
Wide bunks in the main saloon on Pilgrim

Berths & Facilities

Berths are comfortably upholstered and have individual reading lights. There are eight berths in the main salon area including two berths sectioned off with a privacy curtain - nicknamed the honeymoon suite, but could be used for any two people who might want more privacy than a typical communal ship interior offers - for example a mother and daughter. Ther is also a forward cabin with 4 bunks, which might be ideal for a family or group of friends. Generally the skipper will look at the mix of couples, individuals, male and female mix when you all arrive, but if you would like to reserve a bottom bunk or a specific cabin then please ring us. 

There is separate accommodation for up to four crew in the stern.  Complimentary bedding (duvets and pillow) is provided and towels are available. Seating is set around the large solid oak dining table with comfortable seat cushions of the same upholstery as the berths. There are scatter cushions available to add to your comfort and some warm throws for extra warmth.

As with many of Classic Sailing vessels the bunk areas are in a communal space. For those not used to sailing boats its feels a bit strange on the first night to be sharing your bedroom with people you have only just met. It is actually a perfectly natural thing to do to sleep in safety with the rest of your 'tribe' under one roof. In Pilgrim's case the roof is think timbers and the main saloon is 17ft wide. After the first night strangeness your wooden ship with huge timbers feels cosy, your fellow humans protective and the gentle rocking will often give you better nights sleep than at home.....If you are not convinced come and try it on a one or two night trip.

The design of and equipment installed in the Galley is first class and includes every facility you would expect on a modern vessel of quality allowing our Chef to prepare beautiful food so you and your party can be assured to dine well. With two Heads both complete with showers, and plenty of hot water, we know your time aboard will be both exhilarating and comfortable!

 

Fore cabin, toilet and main saloon on Pilgrim
Fore cabin, toilet and main saloon on Pilgrim

Modern Navigation Equipment

The juxtaposition of traditional above deck / modern, hi-tec and comfortable below see’s Pilgrim brought right up to standards demanded by us all in the 21st century! With an extensive inventory of navigation and safety equipment, you can rest assured that you’ll be safe aboard Pilgrim! If you have a iPad, iPhone or Android device you can download an app to enable you to see real-time information from the navigation instruments! !”

Pilgrim Interior on her relaunch after restoration 2014.

Berths: 16

Main saloon:  8 berths

Forward Cabin: 4 berths

Crew accommodation: 4 berths

(Note on charters sold by the berth we only carry 10 Guests)

1 Heads with shower located forward

1 Heads with shower located aft

Galley

Steam combination oven
Microwave combination oven
4 diesel hobs
2 induction hobs
Commercial dishwasher
Large capacity refrigeration/freezer facility’s

Saloon table seating for 16

Pilgrim Accommodation - Layout below

 

Pilgrim dried out in Brixham Inner Harbour for anti-fouling
Pilgrim dried out in Brixham Inner Harbour for anti-fouling

Pilgrim - Ships Specification 

Year Built/Restored 1895 2011-12
sail area - 7 sails    
Length overall 94ft 6" 28.82m
Length on deck 74ft 6" 22.70m
Waterline length 65ft 6" 19.96m
Beam 17ft 6" 5.33m
Draft 10ft 6" 3.20m
Gross Tonnage   90 tonne
engines - two Doosan 5.8 120BHP  

Original History

Brixham sailing trawler PILGRIM was built in 1895, by J W & A Uphams, one of Brixham’s most famous yards.  PILGRIM was one of six similar vessels built at the yard during that year. Brixham was an extremely busy Port at this time, with over 300 similar red sailed, wood built vessels: The Brixham Sailing Trawlers played an important role in the development of trawling and ship design which had influence all over Europe. 

Restoration - A Brief Summary

The ship was virtually rebuilt by Ashley Butler shipwrights with an awful lot of help from volunteers. There is a huge amount of boatbuilding talent and rigging knowledge based around the fishing port of Brixham and Naval port of Dartmouth. The mast is solid Douglas Fir. Pilgrim has English Oak frames with Oak and Larch planking, Canadian Pine deck and English Oak tiller.

Pilgrim won the Restoration of the Year for vessels over 40ft in the 2014 Classic Boat Magazine Awards.

For more photos of the restoration see our History and Restoration Page

Above Decks Equipment

Hydraulic Sail hoisting when required
Main deck awning
4.4 meter inflatable tender
25 hp outboard motor

Deck level access with removable gate

Navigation

Fully integrated ‘Brookes and Gatehouse’ navigation centre
Multi Functional Display at helm
AIS
Broadband Radar
VHF
Navtex
Epirb beacon

Safety

Pilgrim is UK MCA certificated with a full complement of safety equipment.

All skippers are fully qualified with commercial endorsement.

 

Pilgrim Skipper Brendan

Pilgrim Skipper - Brendan

Brendan has been full time skipper on Pilgrim for a number of years. A modern day trawler man so he can tell you all about how these mighty vessels would stream a beam trawl net and fish under sail alone. Not much phases Brendan and he always seems to have a smile on his face.

Brendan is the Skipper of Brixham Trawler Pilgrim
Brendan is the Skipper of Brixham Trawler Pilgrim

Mate & Cook - Julie Harris

Another hard worker, Julie Harris is Pilgrim's first mate. She was a graphic designer but fell in love with traditional boats. Julie was the first mate on Pilot Cutter Amelie Rose for several years, is an old hand at festivals like Paimpol or Douarnenez, has been to the Scillies loads of times,. Julie goes out her way to get to know everybody. In 2017 she was thrilled to start work on Pilgrim and will be 1st mate and cook on Pilgrim on most voyages.

What is she looking forward to: A bigger bowsprit than Amelie Rose and a bigger galley !

Mate and Cook Julie Harris is looking forward to working on Pilgrim in 2018
Pilgrim's galley is a lot bigger than on Amelie Rose in the photo

 

Navigation exams in Gibraltar. Mate Julie Harris improving herself
Navigation exams in Gibraltar. Mate Julie Harris improving herself
Current sailing grounds

Pilgrim Kit List

Sailing on Pilgrim

Included

  • Sailing Instruction 
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses) 
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows 

What is not included 

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels

What to Bring

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


Pilgrim does not provide waterproofs. So you need to bring waterproof jacket and trousers These don't have to be sailing waterproofs. Any good outdoor waterproofs should keep you warm and dry. If you are sailing on a longer voyage or in early spring or autumn you will find the sailing or mountaineering salopette type waterproof trousers will keep you warmer than walking trousers with waist. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • 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 – especially on sailing and walking and Scillies voyages.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport for French Voyages, Reciprocal Free Health Care card in Europe.
  • Please bring a passport on French trips or any 6 day voyage like Scillies where France could be an alternative venue.
  • 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.

Pilgrim 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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