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Explore Cornwall and Devon from the sea- Creeks, secret coves and ancient port

Irene is a 1907 West Country Trading Ketch and in September she comes home from her roaming with charter guests to waters closer to her home port of Plymouth. Set all sail and look magnificent against the backdrop of the rugged Cornwall and Devon South coast. Glide up drowned river valleys to the sound of Curlews or anchor off unspoilt beaches. There is always the SW coast path to take a stroll ashore, and in port the ship can be the star attraction.

Embark
Wed, 02-09-2020 - 10:00
Plymouth
Disembark
Sun, 06-09-2020 - 18:00
Plymouth
Duration
4 Nights
Vessel
Irene
Voyage No.
IR020920

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Irene - Plymouth Based Short Break

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

Exploring South Devon and Cornwall either side of the Tamar

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Wind Dictates
  • The Skipper Chooses the Best Options
  • You enjoy the best of the South Coast
  • Simple to join in Plymouth

 

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

Famous Coastline with historic harbours and estuaries with a new port to visit every day.

Enjoy mile upon mile of coast designated as AONB’s (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) at a relaxed pace with a firm emphasis on relaxation and hospitality.

 

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 de-scribed 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.

Irene in Cornish Waters

Plymouth, Cawsand and River Tamar

The famous Port of Plymouth is a brilliant starting point. Well known since the days of Sir Francis Drake and still one of our major Royal Navy Ports. Less know are the estuaries and creeks on the Western Cornish side. Cawsand though not a creek is a very attractive village with lots of history. The creeks of the Lynher and Millbrook all offer sheltered overnight stops.

Eastward

Salcombe for Coves of Golden Sand

Salcombe, to the east of Plymouth, is a beautiful harbour set in a stunning natural environment designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only a few miles by land from Plymouth but an interesting and slightly longer journey by sea. It has become a very popular weekend destination for sailors and visitors alike looking to get away from it all! Despite becoming a vibrant, busy little town, Salcombe still manages to retain its unique Devon charm!  The entrance is dramatic with high spiky cliffs and a sandbar to cross. There are sandy coves on either side of this drowned river valley and some very attractive town houses that were once the rich rewards for sea captains and merchants.

 

Start Point, Dartmouth & Berry Head

Further east you round Start Point, time to look out for tidal races and the famous lighthouse itself. There are two options to sail to Dartmouth from here either inshore of Skerries Bank a sandbar with the interesting anchorage of Hallsands where the village fell into the sea; or out to sea. As ever the captain will decide taking into account the wind and tides.

 

Miranda the Mermaid by Elisabeth Haldey. Photo www.bythedart.co.uk

 

Dartmouth

Castles and Miranda the Mermaid.

Dartmouth itself  is tucked up a round bend beyond the wooded harbour entrance, with fortification on either side reminding you of its long history as a Royal Havy Port.  If you visit Dartmouth it is hard not to miss the Naval College up on the hill (or the young officers in their sports jackets ashore !)

There are lots of art galleries, restaurants and pubs, some of the crew may have their own favourite haunts.

Kingswear on the opposite side to Dartmouth has a station for the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company. You can see the steam trains running up and down the east side of the Dart.

Brixham Harbour

Brixham

About as far as east as you will go is Brixham, with its picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermen’s cottages rising up around the old harbour.

You are also likely to see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.

Fishing is still a big part of Brixham and it is also the harbour for Deep Sea Coastal Pilots for the English Channel.

 

Westward

Looe

Looe can only be entered when the tide is in and so any visit by Irene to Looe is dependent on the right tides and fair weather. It’s a very tight little harbour and has a foot passenger ferry to get from one side to the other.

Stand on the quayside in the afternoon and watch the fishing boats returning to unload their catch. 

The town prides itself on it's fresh fish, and be it award winning fish and chips near the river or gourmet menus in smart restaurants overlooking the harbour, you know you won't be disappointed.

 

Fowey - From Pirate Den to Chic Resort

A popular port with all our traditional vessels, Fowey and Polruan are historic ports on either side of a dramatic river entrance with forts on both sides. Once home to the infamous Fowey Gallants – a bunch of pirates with fast luggers, the port has many festivals and lovely galleries, cafes and restaurants.

Mevagissey

Mevagissey has two harbours, the old harbour and the new harbour which contains the old harbour. Lying to the east of the Dodman which provides shelter from the predominant SW Wind it is still a busy fishing harbour. The town itself is close to the Lost Gardens of Heligan and has seen much improvement recently.

St Mawes Sunset oar by Maddy Purser

Falmouth, Helford and St Mawes

The furthest you are likely to sail is the Fal and its many harbours and creeks.

Irene often drops anchor in St Mawes Harbour and makes a really attractive setting even better as the sun sets over Henry VIII clover leaf shaped castle.

Falmouth has lots to offer, the Maritime Museum is a branch the National Maritime Museum and is well worth a visit. There are lots of galleries and the Falmouth Art Gallery by Falmouth Library has an superb reputation for excellent exhibitions, small in space but big in ideas.

    WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

    There are sheltered harbours and estauries for overnight.

    During the day the sailing may encounter rough seas if there are strong winds between ports. The ports on this voyages are not far apart. Irene has crossed the Atlantic many times so she is more than capable of sailing between local ports in Devon and Cornwall.

    The skipper will always plan ahead with up to date weather forecasts to give you the best sailing and safe passages.

    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
    • Port and landing fees
    • Sailing Instruction  
    • Safety Equipment (Life Jackets and harnesses) 
    • Waterproof jacket and trousers if required.
    • All Meals, Cooked Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments throughout the day. Dinner with optional wine will be served in the evening.  
    • Bed Linen, Duvet, Pillows etc

    WHATS NOT INCLUDED 

    • Travel to and from ports
    • Alcoholic Beverages, a small amount of wine will be available during dinner. You are more than welcome to take your own bottle or two with you, but please be aware that storage is limited.
    • Towels
    • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
    • Meals ashore

     

    Plymouth, UK

    Latest port updates

     

    Plymouth

    There are several marina docks in Plymouth. 

    For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at "the Hanger Car Park" in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions - Parking in the marina is free.)

    For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. - see info below. 

    Mayflower Marina - for Grayhound

    Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

    MARINA ACCESS & ON SITE CAR PARKING
    Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

    Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

    Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

     

    Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel - for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

    This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina - Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

    If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries www.mountbattenferry.co.uk 

    The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps

     

    Directions:

    • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
    • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

    • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

    • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right. 

    • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
    • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
    • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
    • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

    View a Map of the location

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    How to get here

    By Road 

    Journey to Plymouth easy, 

    From the west head east as soon as you can on the A38,

    From the north and east

    Travel down the M5 to Exter and then the A38 to Plymouth.

    Rail & transfers

    Plymouth is connected directly by train to Penzance, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and all stations on these routes.

    Air & transfers

    The nearest Airports are Exeter and Bristol, with good train connections from Gatwick and Heathrow.

    Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

    Classic Sailing invites you 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.

    Plymouth, UK

    Latest port updates

     

    Plymouth

    There are several marina docks in Plymouth. 

    For Pegasus, Johanna Lucretia and Moosk: Please meet at "the Hanger Car Park" in Plymouth Yacht Haven car park, Turnchapel. PL9 9XH (See below for directions - Parking in the marina is free.)

    For Grayhound: voyages will start from Mayflower Marina, Richmond Walk. If it is any different you will be informed by the skipper before the day of arrival. She is often the only wooden masted ship in this harbour, so it will be easy to spot her three black masts. Address: Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS. - see info below. 

    Mayflower Marina - for Grayhound

    Mayflower Marina is to the west of the city centre, and has some long pontoons so is often used for our larger vessels. It is only about a 10 minute taxi from Plymouth Railway Station. There is secure parking within the marina for a daily parking fee.

    MARINA ACCESS & ON SITE CAR PARKING
    Vehicular access to the marina is restricted by a car park barrier, there is a card reader / intercom pedestal. If you do not have an access fob please follow the instructions on the intercom pedestal.

    Car park charges are two hours free then £1 for 1 hour over the free period, £2 for 2 hours over the free period and then £5 for up to 22 hours after the free period. It is requested that the owners of parked cars leave their keys in the marina office in case the car has to be moved for operational reasons.

    Mayflower Marina Office 01752 556633 Richmond Walk, Plymouth PL1 4LS

     

    Plymouth Yacht Haven /Mountbatten Marina / Turnchapel - for Pegasus, Moosk and Johanna Lucretia

    This marina has had several changes of name over the years so you may find skippers referring to it as Turnchapel / Mountbatten Marina - Allow at least 25 minutes to get from A38 Marsh Mills Roundabout Plymouth city centre exit road to Turnchapel by car. It does have FREE long term parking in the marina.

    If you are travelling by public transport the most direct route is a 10 minute yellow ferry (foot passengers only) from the Barbican Pub straight to Mountbatten next to Plymouth Yacht Haven.  A taxi ride all the way around the Plym estuary would be quite expensive. See Mountbatten Ferry website for ferry mobile phone or enquiries www.mountbattenferry.co.uk 

    The postcode for Sat Nav users is PL9 9XH / Google maps

     

    Directions:

    • Turn left off A38 at Marsh Mills roundabout onto A374 signed Plymouth City Centre.
    • After 1 1/4 mile get into left hand lane and follow signs for Kingsbridge A379.

    • This takes you across Laira Bridge where you will see the first signs for Mount Batten and Turnchapel.

    • After crossing the Laira Bridge, at the first roundabout turn right. 

    • At the next roundabout (mini) take the second exit, cross pedestrian lights, and continue straight on until traffic lights at crossroads.
    • Turn right and then go straight through a second set of lights.
    • Keep on this road (for approx 1 1/2 miles) until you come to a roundabout.
    • Turn right into Plymouth Yacht Haven.

    View a Map of the location

    .

    How to get here

    By Road 

    Journey to Plymouth easy, 

    From the west head east as soon as you can on the A38,

    From the north and east

    Travel down the M5 to Exter and then the A38 to Plymouth.

    Rail & transfers

    Plymouth is connected directly by train to Penzance, London, Birmingham, Edinburgh and all stations on these routes.

    Air & transfers

    The nearest Airports are Exeter and Bristol, with good train connections from Gatwick and Heathrow.

    Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

    Classic Sailing invites you 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.

    Irene

    If you want to sail a wooden beauty and an iconic example of Britain's rich maritime history then Irene of Bridgewater is the real thing. Built in 1907 to carry cargoes under sail, Irene is one of the last West Country trading ketches surviving and a fine seagoing ship. She has proved herself by crossing the Atlantic several times, featured in numerous movies, entertained the rich and famous in the Caribbean and spent decades as a popular charter vessel. In 2012 Irene carried fair trade cargoes to Brazil and her working role keeps evolving, giving her adventure holidays a modern twist with an excellent reputation for good hospitality.

    AWARDS  Irene voted 'National Historic Ships Flagship of the Year in 2015' 

    Statistics

     

    • Length overall: 124 ft 
    • Length on deck: 85 ft 

     

    • Year built: 1907
    • Vessel type/rig: Two masted ketch 

     

    • Guest berths: 10
    • Crew berths: 5

     

    The Experts View: What Irene Does Best 

    Irene of Bridgewater under full sail

    Relaxed Exploration or Multi Activity Adventure

    You can chose between an Irene voyage where you explore at a more relaxed pace , or a journey making passage or multi activity holiday where a higher level of teamwork and hands on sailing is required. Irene is a perfectly self sufficient expedition ship allowing you go from anchorage to anchorage in locations close to nature. There are even multi activity voyages with sailing and kayaking.

    Romance of the Sea - Cabins Perfect for Couples

    Classic Sailing provides a huge range of options for solo travellers which is very much part of our ethos.  Irene welcomes individual bookings but she also offers a great holiday option for couples.  The ships accommodation comprises of 5 twin/double cabins with a private en suite toilet and shower room.  Each cabin has a double bed as a lower berth and an upper bunk berth. We would never put 3 people in any cabin.This gives the flexibility to have two individuals of the same sex share a cabin with a bunk each, or provide some romantic privacy for a couple, with the upper berth not used.  If you want a really special treat, the owner's stateroom can be booked with even more room and a double bed.

    double bed on Irene in the owners stateroom can be booked for a bit more
    double bed on Irene in the owners stateroom can be booked for a bit more

     

    Watching the World Gig Championships on Irene

     WHAT TO EXPECT

    Style of Sailing

    The high staff to guest ratio (5:10) simply allows you to get more out of your holiday but also a chance to just soak up the atmosphere and relax whilst the crew and the more eager guests keep Irene sailing.  There is now a distinction between two styles of Irene voyages to suit your preferred level of 'hands on' participation - 'Irene Exploration Voyages' for relaxed holidays where you can do as much or as little as you like or 'Irene Adventure Voyages' where more hands on sailing participation is expected and the themes tend to be a bit more physical like the chance to try other active sports like kayaking.

    The exploration voyages are trips like West Country tours or Island hopping in the Scillies where there is generally no pressure to get involved in  all the sail handling unless you want to. The ships crew is more than capable of sailing Irene if you chose to relax and enjoy the scenery drifting past, but they will be thrilled to show you the ropes too.

    The adventure voyages still offer Irene's amazing hospitality and food, but these voyages are on a mission to have fun and your hands on participation is expected.  Whether it is standing a night watch on an offshore passage up the Irish Sea or paddling a kayak around Muck or Eigg in the Inner Hebrides.  No experience is needed as the crew or activity instructor will teach you the skills you need.

    Anchor windlass

    Life on Board

    Irene's owners explain their interior design ethos for below decks:

    'We’re proud to have kept Irene as traditional as possible above decks.  We are also very pleased that we’ve made her old cargo hold below decks substantially more accommodating and most certainly not traditional!   Our four standard cabins all have a double berth with a single bunk above and enjoy a private en-suite toilet and shower room.   Despite the three bunks, we’ll never put more than two guests in a cabin – this may be either a couple sharing the double or two single travellers in the bunks.'

    There is also a state room which was built for the owners. Read more about Irene's accommodation.

    Irene has a tremendous reputation for the quality of her food.  We have a commercial standard galley and onboard chef to provide tasty, home cooked food to enjoy on deck and in our spacious saloon.  Breakfast, lunch and evening meal are provided along with refreshments and homemade cakes and snacks during the day.  A complimentary glass of wine is often included on the first evening. You are welcome to bring your own wine too. 

    Irene under full sail

    Saloon

    Tall ship Irene's saloon

    Below Decks

    Cabin with Double Lower Berth

    double cabin on Irene

    Book the Owner's Stateroom

    There is also a state room which was built for the owners. Owners Leslie and Pat are young at heart but not sailing on Irene as much as they used to, so the state room can usually be booked if you want a special treat. This is substantially larger than the standard cabins with a separate shower room, separate toilet and its own private companionway up to the deck. There is also a large heart shaped dining table in the cabin where you can enjoy a late night game of cards with friends after a day on the water and an interesting leather seat set into halfway up the hull which provides a fabulous place to enjoy your favourite book whilst Irene is heeled over to the wind.'

    Professional Chef & Complimentary Wine

    Irene has a tremendous reputation for the quality of her food. We have a commercial standard galley and onboard chef to provide tasty, home cooked food to enjoy on deck and in our spacious saloon. Breakfast, lunch and evening meal are provided along with refreshments and homemade cakes and snacks during the day. A complimentary glass of wine is sometimes served with dinner, you are welcome to bring your own bottle or two too. 

    professional galley on Irene
    professional galley on Irene

     

    Irene Vessel Specification
    Irene Vessel Specification

    Vessel Specification 

    Year Built/Restored 1907
    Home Port Charlestown in Cornwall, UK
    Length Overall 124 feet
    Length on deck 85 feet
    Beam 21 feet
    Draft 10’6
    Guest Crew Overnight 10
    Professional Crew 5
    Max for day sails 15
    Ships boats 1
    240v from generators

    Irene - Meet the Captain & Crew

    Irene crew consists of skipper, mate, deckhand, chef, steward/host

    Many of you may already know Ieuan Finniear (bearded left) he has been sailing Irene for many years now as both skipper, but previously as 1st mate. Originally from Mid-Wales, Ieuan spent most of his childhood in France so is also bi-lingual. 
    Supporting him are experienced sailors David Sermon (standing up at the back) and Martha Priest (hiding by the staysail), both returning for another year as 1st mate along with Spanish born Alvaro Moratalla (sitting farthest back) coming back for his second season as deckhand.

    Of course, there are some new faces too. Experienced seafarer, Jens Marklund (front and center) from Sweden joins Irene as relief skipper this year.

    Daniel Haan (behind Ieuan) from Germany and fluent in five languages along with maritime wildlife expert, Vicky Inglis (next to Daniel) are also both looking forward to their first seasons as deckhand too!

    Irene crew
    Irene crew

    Irene's Captain - Ieuan Finniear

    Ieuan (pronounced Yian) moved up from mate to Captain on Irene in 2017 and has been with the company ever since. Multi-talented Ieuan hails originally from Mid-Wales but he spent most of his childhood in France, so is bi-lingual. A little known fact about him is that he can play the harp....but we can't fit it on Irene. 

    Ieuan Finniear - Irene's Captain

     

    Current sailing grounds

    Irene Kit List

    Irene Stern Name Board Sail and Main Sheet

    Kit List for Irene

    Included

    • Sailing instruction 
    • Safety Equipment (Life jackets)
    • Waterproof jacket and trousers
    • All meals including refreshments throughout the day.
    • Bed linen, duvet, pillows. 

    What's Not Included

    • Travel to and from the start and end port. 
    • Optional trips or tours taken ashore
    • Meals ashore (rarely taken)
    • Alcoholic Beverages, although wine with your evening meal is provided. 

    What to bring

    There is limited storage space on Irene 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). Irene 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 if sailing in colder climates.
    • 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 if desired
    • You are welcome to bring musical instruments
    Off

    Irene - Reviews

    Irene

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    Irene - Sail and Kayak 2 June 2019

    Enjoy the Most

    The crew were excellent, allowing us to assist in almost all of the sailing tasks, building up our confidence at the same time as being alert to doing the actions properly and safely. All done with good humour and intelligence and full explanations. So we all responded wanting to do as much as we could. The ambience of the boat was very congenial and friendly. We guests all got on well and the crew were very good company. 
    We kayaked on 3 occasions, when  weather permitted and they were a highlight of a different sort...conditions were perfect and although I hadn't done it before , our instructor was excellent, combining kayaking with shoreline explorations.

    Enjoy Least - Doesn't exist

    Why do you sail?

    I hadn't sailed before. I heard about Classic sailing from someone going on the Lord Nelson last year, and looked into it as an adventurous thing to do to celebrate my 70th. I like to be physically active, and the combination of trying sea kayaking in the Western Isles was a perfect combination. I was pleased we had a variety of weather, and mostly with a wind so we could be actively helping with the sails. The calm sunny days for kayaking came out of the blue and were perfect days between weathers.

    Voyage Summary

    Well done to the Skipper and crew, the chef and the kayak instructor, they were exceptionally good at their jobs, very personable and full of character

    What did you enjoy the most?

    The final day on Colonsay when we managed to fit in sea kayaking amongst thousands of sea birds, a picnic lunch in the sun on one beach, a walk back across the island and a barbeque supper on another beach!

    The worst bits? –

    The first day sailing from Oban to Jura was quite rough and very cold - the crew should have offered some sailing jackets and salopettes but we only got these later in the week by asking.

    Classic Sailing has been re-assured by Irene that this oversight will not happen again, please accept our apologies for not providing the waterproofs sooner and without having to be asked for.

     

    Why do your sail?

    I love sailing and there is something special about doing everything manually on Irene and getting some feeling for what it must have been like back in the early 20th century when she was a working boat.  Also, sailing on a large old wooden boat is a very different experience to the smaller modern glass-fibre yachts which is where I have done all my other sailing.

     

    Voyage Summary

    This trip was advertised as a trip to the Small Isles but because of the wind and tide conditions we ended up going the other way to Jura and Islay.  Perhaps it could be made clearer that the Scottish voyages are likely to be changed according to the conditions.  It was also supposed to offer a choice of sea kayaking or island exploration but there was only one guide/instructor for both activities so it wasn't really possible to have one group doing kayaking while another group went ashore.  That said it was my first experience of sea kayaking and I really enjoyed it - the equipment provided kept us warm and dry and our guide Tim was excellent and took some amazing photos which he shared with us all.  It was my second trip on Irene (which is a beautiful boat in every sense) and it was good to be reunited with Dave (second in command) and Keith (wonderful chef)! Ian M June 2019

    Irene June 2019, Jonathan P

    Please accept our apologies for the failure to get to the Small Isles. As you mentioned the wind and weather conditions did not make this sensible.

    On ALL our voyages we state the following –

    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.

     

    Online Review
    The crew was fantastic!

    What did you think of the safety briefing?

    Good

    What did you think of the accommodation onboard?

    Excellent

    Did you have enough personal attention?

    Excellent

    Did you think of the Captain/Skipper and the paid crew?

    Excellent

    What did you think of the food quality?

    Excellent

    How was the sailing?

    Just right

    Did you have any rough weather?

    None

    Did you feel the voyage had?

    A good mix of sailing and ashore.

    What was the best bit?

    The crew was fantastic! They clearly enjoyed what they were doing, they shared and taught us and had us working as a team day 1. They were all great, but Alex, our chef was fabulous. The meals were top notch, so much variety and an incredible attention to detail. Jens our captain was so easy going and friendly and sharing, made us feel like part of the family.

    What was the worst bit?

    A little too much motoring due to wind conditions some days, couldn't be helped if we were going to stay on schedule. (The lack of wind also made it difficult, says Adam at Classic Sailing.)

    Why do you sail? 

    I enjoy the quiet and the outdoors.

    Irene 21st June 2019 Leonardo K.

     

    Sail, Paddle & Walk Voyage

    What was the best bit?

    All of it, even though there was bad weather that limited the amount of canoeing we could do it still didn't ruin the event. l went on this trip as it combined, canoeing, sailing and some hiking too, so what was there not to enjoy.

     

    What was the worst bit?

    The end of the trip..

     

    Why do you sail?

    I enjoy sailing as it gets you involved also gives you a good feeling when after all the hard work and your sailing along at a few knots as a result of that hard work, also you are learning all the time as there is always something that needs doing.

     

    Any other comments

    Irene's crew were great, the Skipper had a real calm outlook that clearly comes from his years of sailing, the second mate Dave, who clearly has so much knowledge of Irene and throughout the trip was always looking out for crew and guests safety. The Deck hands Vicky & Dan were also great ensuring we were safe and assisting us in all we done, they also done a wonderful BBQ on the beach for us, the chef Keith, his food was really nice with so much attention in making our meal time enjoyable. Tim Hamlet had so much knowledge in his field and shared that knowledge with us whenever we were canoeing and hiking.. The crew were a great mix as were the our guests... Please pass on my thanks to them. - By Gary C. Guest Crew member Summer 2019

    Gary C customer feedback photo from Sail, Paddle, Walk voyage on Irene
    Gary C customer feedback photo from Sail, Paddle, Walk voyage on Irene
    Irene in Scotland with Kayaks

    You enjoyed –

    Kayaking through waterfalls and around secluded bays. Being amongst an amazing variety of flora and fauna including a sea eagle, oyster catchers, seals, porpoises and minke whales. We foraged for food on one outing and enjoyed seaweed, sea thrift, mussels and periwinkles for dinner.

    But not –

    A frustrating day of rain and no wind.

    Why sail –

    Getting close to nature, often in remote areas not easily accessible otherwise.

    A new place to explore almost every day. The trips I have chosen have been a great mixture of both sailing and time ashore in interesting destinations. Sharing the adventure with interesting and friendly shipmates and free spirited crew. A welcome break from Brexit, news, TV and wifi! Spectacular seas and starry skies.

    Summary –

    I had a great week in the Hebrides on board Irene. Our skipper made the trip interesting and fun -  always in good humour, very intelligent and hugely capable. Keith the cook worked tirelessly to provide us with lovely meals and Vicky and Dan were friendly and helpful. Cag, our kayak instructor was a joy - full of energy and extremely knowledgeable.

    Thanks for a fabulous week - really great memories.

    The Isles of Scilly

    The best bit - The sail back from the Scillies was spectacular.  We had a perfect wind to enable us to do a broad reach straight to the Cornish coast and reached 8 knots at times.  The sun was shining and we were also joined by a large pod of dolphins that swam along with us for several minutes - a very special experience!

    The worst bit - The chosen anchorage on the first night was a bit exposed to the swell and made sleep a bit difficult at times.

    Why do you sail?

    I have always loved sailing but experience to date has all been on modern yachts of less than 40 feet.  This was a chance to try something different and get a taste of what it must have been like 100 years ago when Irene was a commercial cargo boat.  It was a fantastic experience and one I am keen to repeat.

    In summary - The crew were very young (relative to the 'guests') but were all very professional when it came to the sailing and boat handling and they inspired confidence.  They were also happy to accommodate our requests and answer our many questions. 

    Jonathan P Aug 18 Isles of Scilly

    Relax!

    Hannah, the skipper, was a tribute to the world of sailing. She is clearly very competent and knowledgeable and instilled confidence whilst maintaining a relaxed and fun atmosphere. I therefore felt very safe and was able to relax and enjoy my first adventure at sea. I very much enjoyed the kayaking and Mike was also very knowledgable and accommodating. Lotte, the chef, was first class

    Whisky, Wildlife & Waves

    What was the best bit?

    The skipper knew his job thoroughly, as did the mate and they very ably supported by the crew. They went out of their way to ensure that everybody could get the most out of their holiday. The food was superlative. This was one of my best weeks’ holiday ever. John H, Whisky Wildlife and waves, June 2018

    What was the worst bit?

    Not long enough! Door in the head didn't fully open due to the size, would have been better to have consetina door.

    Why do you sail?

    Never sailed before so the mix of walk, kayak and sail was very attractive

    Any other comments

    6 days is too short to make the most if the environment" 

    Julie H. Customer Feedback Photo
    Julie H. Customer Feedback Photo
    Falmouth Taster

    What was the best bit?
    "Hauling up the mainsail for the first time and feeling her filling with wind."

    What was the Worst Bit?
    "There wasn't a worst bit. Trying to store the foresail in the evening while bouncing around on the netting, but I still enjoyed it."

    Why do you sail?
    "I used to sail when young, but only inland and I wanted to go out onto the sea after reading about it so often. I'm in my 70s now and want to make the most of my body while I still can. Father and grandfather were in the Royal Navy and it feels like I'm continuing the tradition" 

    Any other comments?
    "Although we caught what were probably the only 3 days good weather down in Falmouth in April and so had no wind, the skipper still gave us a good sailing experience. All the crew were great, full of good humour and experience even though they are young - well, under 30, which is young for me. The cook, Alex, was attentive to my dietary needs and his meals surpassed my expectations." 

    Jackie W. Guest Feedback Photo
    Jackie W. Guest Feedback Photo
    Five Stars!

    I had the best trip of my life on Irene, from Oban to Newlyn. We arrived on Friday and have just been to have a last look at her before going home tomorrow . I'm totally in love. With a ship! Fabulous crew and food and sailing companions and pre-sail admin and everything. Fiona F ***** 5 stars

    Seriously good whiskies!

    "What a week of amazing experiences – incredible crew (thank you!), sailing and food.  Topped off by seriously good whiskies! Heaven!  KA 3rd June 2017

    Wonderful!

     "Wonderful few days with such a welcoming and friendly crew.  Excellent food, weather and company.  Looking forward to seeing you all in Bristol next year.  Thanks for everything. " EH 11th May 2017

    Thank you!

    "A thousand thanks for the wonderful time and fantastic food.  Most of all, thanks to Irene for the pleasure of her company." CB 21st May 2017

    Video Feedback below from Andrew E sailing from Dartmouth to Oban on Irene. 

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