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Sail to the Isles of Scilly and Return Agnes to her Roots, Island Hopping and Beautiful Anchorages on a Stunning Pilot Cutter

Explore the Scillies under sail and return Pilot Cutter Agnes back to her roots. Look out for Atlantic grey seals in the Western rocks or in among the kelp beds. Take the opportunity to snorkel or swim in the clear water of the Scilly Isles' many wonderful bays, or ramble round on foot to experience the local flora and fauna. 

Embark
Thu, 31-05-2018 - 11:00
Falmouth
Disembark
Wed, 06-06-2018 - 11:00
Falmouth
Duration
6 Nights
Vessel
Agnes
Voyage No.
AG2018/10

Berths and voyage availability

TYPE: Per Person. AVAILABILITY: Fully booked. PRICE: 850 GBP. BOOK NOW
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Agnes - Isles of Scilly

IDEAL VOYAGE FOR ...

Adventurous beginners and sailors who love the mix of an offshore passage towards the Atlantic Ocean with a destination that will offer something for everyone.  For those who have not been to the Isles of Scilly expect scenery not too different from the Seychelles, glistening blue sea water, stunning deserted beaches and 360 degree panoramas from anchorages where there is no light pollution. Intricate piloting has to be used to navigate between the islands as rocky outcrops, deep tides and weather conditions challenge the most experienced skipper. As you arrive in any bay, Agnes will attract a great deal of attention and conversations will flow once ashore in the pub as enthusiasts ask you what it is like to live and sail on such a beaut! 

Sailing holidays in Cornwall on beautiful Pilot Cutters

Full Voyage Description

  • Unique group of granite islands
  • Sub tropical gardens, flower fields & heather moorland
  • Good for bird watching, dolphins and seals
  • Clear waters for snorkelling
  • Intricate navigation and traditional pilotage to learn
  • pilot cutters an important past economy
  • 60 mile passage each way
  • Dazzling white sand beaches

Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly

Agnes is a beautiful and comfortable replica of a Isles of Scilly Pilot Cutter. The skipper and crew are extremely experienced and very hospitable. So from the quiet shores of Falmouth to the fascinating archipelago islands this voyage will be one that you will cherish.

On a sailing voyage nothing is guaranteed and the sailing itinerary may not be always adhered too. Skippers will always aim for the best sailing and shore landings for the forecast including all or some of the highlights described below, but you have to go with mother nature and not fight her. The description below is based on what Classic Sailing think might be possible based on past trips and experience. 

Agnes in the Isles of Scilly

Leaving Falmouth for an adventure sail to the Isles of Scilly to drop anchor in the evening, in a quiet bay, you will be blown away by the beauty of the these amazing group of islands. Agnes has great knowledge of these Isles and she will take you to secret bays and inlets not normally visited. Agnes will safely navigate between the rocks to catch sight of basking seals and the odd puffin, this historic pilot cutter has many friends amongst the local fishermen and so there should be a few fresh mackerel or the odd lobster for the pot thrown your way.

The offshore passage from Falmouth goes around mainland Britain’s most southerly point – The Lizard, past Wolf Rock. Still going almost due West we go south of Lands’ End and across to the Isles of Scilly. This voyage can be challenging or totally benign, but it is a route rich in sea mammals - we often see basking sharks, dolphins, and pilot whales, as well as a wealth of ocean seabirds. Depending on the weather, Agnes might make a stop in Newlyn or Penzance on her way to the Scillies to break up the miles and make the passage more comfortable. 

The thrill of spotting the Isles of Scilly when this fascinating archipelago first appears over the horizon never goes away, however many times you visit. Choosing and making your destination in the Scillies is greatly cherished because not only do you arrive in style under sail but you have been part of the journey, your effort and team work has made it possible. You get a sense of achievement never found on a jet plane.

Exploring the Isles of Scilly 

By sailing west to the Isles of Scilly and anchoring in quiet bays, you will get to know this fabulous archipelago from a sailor’s point of view. You will sail among and round the rocks, from island to island, exploring each one in turn, but making sure to visit one of the islands called St Agnes, the spiritual home of pilot cutter Agnes.

Look out for Atlantic grey seals in the Western rocks or in among the kelp beds. Take the opportunity to snorkel or swim in the clear water of Scilly’s many wonderful bays, or ramble round on foot to experience the local flora and fauna. 

The white glittering sands are reminiscent of the Seychelles, the turquoise waters are crystal clear, but the water temperature is refreshingly British!  Exploring ashore is a key part of the holiday with tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens to visit, or you can wander lonely as a cloud over purple heathland or beach comb amongst the oystercatchers. The pilotage between the islands is complex and fascinating if you are interested in navigation. 

There is NO light pollution on the Scillies so star gazing at night is exceptional and words can hardly prepare you for the sunrises and the sunsets enhancing the peace and tranquility that these beautiful islands will offer you whilst sailing on a beautiful traditional boat. 

Great Bay St Martin, Isles of Scilly
Great Bay on St Martin, Isles of Scilly

Experience Needed?

No experience is needed for an Isles of Scilly voyage and you should be aware of the long passage from the mainland.  Sailing to the Scillies from Falmouth involves a 60-70 mile passage each way, which usually takes 10-15 hours sailing. These trips can be tiring if you have never sailed before!  

Island Life Dependant on Boats

In the Scillies there are no marinas or places, so there is a lot of getting in and out of dinghies, and the anchorages are typically remote with limited or no facilities ashore.

gig racing twice a week on the Scillies
Photo Debbie Purser. Pilot gig racing twice a week on the Scillies

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

Agnes cater's 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.

46 ft pilot cutter Agnes - wooden decks

WINDS, WAVES & WEATHER

A voyage from Falmouth to the Isles of Scilly classifies as an off shore passage which depending on the time of year and the weather conditions may offer a speedy or slow trip. This voyage can be challenging or totally benign.  

The offshore passage from Falmouth goes around mainland Britain’s most southerly point – The Lizard, past the lighthouse Wolf Rock. Still going almost due West you will go south of Lands’ End and across to the Isles of Scilly. This voyage can be abundant with wild life and rich in sea mammals -  basking sharks, dolphins, and pilot whales, as well as a wealth of ocean seabirds. Depending on the weather, Agnes might make a stop in Newlyn or Penzance on her way to the Scillies to break up the miles and make the passage more comfortable. 

In the Isles of Scilly wind, tide and sea conditions will always be taken into consideration where to sail, for how long and the next anchorage for the evening.

The return trip to Falmouth will be much the same as your trip to the Scillies again with the wind, sea and tide conditions setting the pace!   

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
Waterproofs

 

WHATS NOT INCLUDED 

Travel to and from ports
Alcohol 
Towels
Personal Travel Insurance

 

Falmouth, Cornwall

Latest port updates

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for Falmouth.

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

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

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

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

Long stay parking

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

Rail & transfers

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

Air & transfers

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

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

The Chain Locker

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

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

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

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

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

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

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

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

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

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

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

Travel Insurance

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

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

Falmouth, Cornwall

Latest port updates

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to get here

By Road & Parking

The A30 is the best route into Cornwall for Falmouth.

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

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

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

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

Long stay parking

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

Rail & transfers

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

Air & transfers

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

Places to stay, Things to do, Travel companions

The Chain Locker

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

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

Your travel responsibilities

Passports and Visas***

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

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

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

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

Travel, Health, Vaccinations and Safety

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

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

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

Travel Insurance

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

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

Agnes

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

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

 

The Experts View: What Agnes Does Best

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

Summer Cruising with Style

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

Sharing a Life Under Working Sail

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

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

 

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

Showcasing Wooden Ship Building

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

Agnes under sail in Cornwall

What to Expect

Style of Sailing

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

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

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

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

Life on Board

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

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

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

Accommodation

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

 

Below Decks 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Meet the Skipper & Crew

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

Skipper, Business Partner, Mate and Chef - Joanna

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

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

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

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

 Skipper - Luke Powell

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

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

 Skipper - Jelte Hibma

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

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

 Guest Skipper - Melissa

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

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

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

Agnes - Kit List

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

Kit List for Agnes 

Included

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

What's Not Included

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

 

What to bring

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

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

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

Swim suit & beach towel

Suntan lotion & sunglasses

Sun hat / warm hat, scarves, gloves

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

Small rucksack for going ashore

Travel insurance documents/any travel tickets

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

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

Camera/binoculars etc

Modest quantity of alcohol for evening meals

You are welcome to bring musical instruments

 

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

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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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