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Mid week Sail, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and more sailing!

This mini break is all about sailing, eating a delicious supper, sleeping on board, having breakfast in the morning followed by more sailing. There is no need for experience, a fellow partner or friend as these trips are ideal for the solo sailor. 

 

Embark
Wed, 12-09-2018 - 12:00
Dartmouth
Disembark
Thu, 13-09-2018 - 14:00
Dartmouth
Duration
1 Nights
Vessel
Pilgrim
Voyage No.
PM120918

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 169 GBP. BOOK NOW
*Booking fees may apply

Pilgrim - Sail, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast in Devon

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR...

This voyage makes an ideal gift and is a great opportunity to get a taste of life on a traditional vessel for those of all ages, young and old. These one night B&B tasters enable you to learn all about traditional sailing with your expert skipper and crew.  

VOYAGE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Great Gift Idea or Introduction to Prepare for a Longer Voyage. 
  • Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits and a delicious Devon Cream Tea
  • Explore Torbay Under Sail 
  • Freshly prepared two course supper by the resident cook
  • Expert Crew and Skipper to show you the Ropes
Pilgrim under sail with Grayhound in the background

FULL VOYAGE DESCRIPTION

It’s simple and fun to join a Sail, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast, Sail voyage on Pilgrim. There is no need to worry about previous sailing experience or coming on your own as the majority of the guest crew are solo travellers. Sailing from the beautiful Brixham in Torbay, Devon and sail to arrive either the historic Dartmouth or the beautiful Ansteys Cove Bay in style aboard Pilgrim of Brixham, a classic heritage sailing ship. Refreshments are served as you board at 1200hrs, and later in the afternoon a delicious cream tea en-route, followed by a hearty evening meal, a comfortable bunk and a continental breakfast. 

What to Expect on your Sail Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Pilgrims' home port of Brixham is a picture postcard fishing port, with pretty colour-washed fishermen’s cottages rising up around the old harbour. On your departure and return you will also see other heritage and classic sailing boats, as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour.

On board you can either sit back, relax, or help the crew hoist the sails and even take the helm – it’s up to you!

Whatever you decide, you will enjoy the magnificent scenery, fresh air and exhilarating sailing. Our Skipper and Crew will be on hand to ensure that your time onboard is as enjoyable as it can be. 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.

Pilgrim

Sailing in the afternoon.

Once aboard Pilgrim, you will set sail for the afternoon where you can help handle the sails, steer the ship and help to navigate, or you can simply sit back and enjoy the scenery.  The onboard cook will have prepared a traditional Devon Cream Tea for you and later on, a tasty two course supper for everyone to enjoy. You can then relax, before you settle down for a comfortable night’s sleep.

In the Evening

Before retiring for the night on Pilgrim and if in Dartmouth, you may want to step ashore to explore, or just stay onboard and drink in the view. The following morning, enjoy the sights and sounds of the River Dart or the Babbacombe/Teign coastline, then a delicious breakfast on board, before Pilgrim sets sail homeward to Brixham.

Overnight on board

Your overnight accommodation is on Pilgrim in very comfortable bunks. Please note there are no cabins on Pilgrim bunks are in shared spaces.

Morning with Breakfast onboard.

Experience the early sights and sounds of the River Dart, then a delicious breakfast on board. You may have time to sail a short way further up river to see the famous Britannia Royal Naval College where officer training has taken place since 1863. Then we set sail back to Brixham.

Morning Sail

As we return home there is time to capture any photo opportunities you may have missed on the outward journey, including the half mile long breakwater and lighthouse built in 1916 to protect Brixham Harbour and the town from tidal surges following the great storm in 1866.

Pilgrim on the Helm

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be in your itinerary exactly as stated, however we will always do our up most to deliver a great experience.

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 

  • All onboard refreshments and meals
  • All sailing instruction
  • Use of onboard safety kit
  • Berthing, mooring & fuel costs
  • Onboard accommodation
  • Bunk linen - duvet and pillow
  • Towels by request

WHATS NOT INCLUDED 

  • Wet weather clothing. Please bring your own waterproof trousers and jacket. They don't have to be specialist sailing waterproofs.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks (but you are welcome to bring a bottle of wine or two for evening meals.)
  • Car park fees at home port
  • Cost of on-land transport/meals
  • Towels for swimming use
  • Joining or onward travel costs

 

Dartmouth, UK

Latest port updates

When ever we use Dartmouth for a joining port the usual place to assemble is Town Quay Dartmouth. Kingswear foot ferry comes across to this quay. It is very busy in summer so your vessel may be on a mooring in the middle of the river and the crew will pick you up in the ships boat. For every Classic Sailing vessel you will be given a mobile phone number for the ship in your final confirmation letter, for emergencies or in case of travel delays.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there buses and coaches going to Kingswear. National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham and local services. From Kingswear you catch the water taxi across the river to Dartmouth Town Quay

Dartmouth is a very old town with limited facilities for lots of cars. There is a Park and Ride service which we recommend you use for ease of joining. 

You can find lots of information on parking on the Dartmouth website here: http://www.justbdartmouth.com/guestinfo/parking-in-dartmouth.html

Alternatively, if you would like to pay for parking nearer the joining location you can use Mayor's Ave car park, but it will be expensive for a long period of time. 

There is a Euro Car Park where you can park for up to 24 hours, for those of you coming for a day sail. 

Mayors Avenue
Dartmouth
Devon
TQ6 9QE

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.

Rail & transfers

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

Train to Paignton and then Bus to Brixham or Taxi to Kingswear and foot ferry across to Dartmouth which is were you will be met.

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away and Plymouth (PLH) is about 30 miles away. From there, you could catch a train to Paignton and then bus/taxi to Kingswear to catch the water taxi across the river to Dartmouth Town Quay

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.

Dartmouth, UK

Latest port updates

When ever we use Dartmouth for a joining port the usual place to assemble is Town Quay Dartmouth. Kingswear foot ferry comes across to this quay. It is very busy in summer so your vessel may be on a mooring in the middle of the river and the crew will pick you up in the ships boat. For every Classic Sailing vessel you will be given a mobile phone number for the ship in your final confirmation letter, for emergencies or in case of travel delays.

How to get here

By Road & Parking

Paignton Bus Station is beside the Railway Station and there buses and coaches going to Kingswear. National Express Coaches got to Paignton and Brixham and local services. From Kingswear you catch the water taxi across the river to Dartmouth Town Quay

Dartmouth is a very old town with limited facilities for lots of cars. There is a Park and Ride service which we recommend you use for ease of joining. 

You can find lots of information on parking on the Dartmouth website here: http://www.justbdartmouth.com/guestinfo/parking-in-dartmouth.html

Alternatively, if you would like to pay for parking nearer the joining location you can use Mayor's Ave car park, but it will be expensive for a long period of time. 

There is a Euro Car Park where you can park for up to 24 hours, for those of you coming for a day sail. 

Mayors Avenue
Dartmouth
Devon
TQ6 9QE

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.

Rail & transfers

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

Train to Paignton and then Bus to Brixham or Taxi to Kingswear and foot ferry across to Dartmouth which is were you will be met.

Air & transfers

Exeter Airport (EXT)  is about 50 miles away and Plymouth (PLH) is about 30 miles away. From there, you could catch a train to Paignton and then bus/taxi to Kingswear to catch the water taxi across the river to Dartmouth Town Quay

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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As long as the voyage is not about to start, Classic Sailing can reserve your place for 7 days without payment or financial commitment, whilst you talk to your boss, find a home to look after your dog, or check flight prices.

All Classic Sailing need from you is a completed booking form to start the process: We check availability, approve your booking form, and provisionally reserve a berth.  You place is confirmed and booking terms apply, only when you have paid the deposit. We strongly recommend you do not purchase flights or travel tickets until your voyage is fully confirmed.

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