Sailing in the West Country means sailing to a back drop of rolling hills, prominent headlands and pretty seaside towns set beside rivers bustling with activity from all sorts of water craft.
The West Country offers some of the best cruising in the world in our opinion.This trip gives you the opportunity to get lots of sailing in, on quite a fast boat, whilst exploring some lovely Devonshire and Cornish villages.
Setting off from Southampton we will aim for Dartmouth as a first port of call.Dartmouth is charming. The entrance is guarded by a castle and the pretty town is over looked by the Britannia Royal Naval College. After a night in Dartmouth and a good look around you might head off for Salcombe which is a short sail across Start Bay.Salcombe is another delightful seaside town with lots of character and surrounded by rolling hills and fields, a character of the West Country.
West of Salcombe is the bustling naval port of Plymouth.You may pull into Plymouth before heading on to Fowey. Set in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty this vibrant town is stepped in maritime history.There are mediaeval buildings standing next to Georgian buildings.
Beyond Fowey is the lovely town of Falmouth and then the Helford River.
These are some of the places you will visit.It might be in a different order. It all depends on the wind.
A great thing about sailing in the West Country is that places to visit are conveniently spaced out and within a day or half a day’s sail of the next port.
It is roughly 165nm to Falmouth.So there and back would be 330nm.
The Yacht, Phantom, is a Laurent Giles 44. She is a fast boat and competes well in the Round the Island Race and the Fastnet.She is a hands on boat and team work is required.She has a huge wheel, a fully battened main and hank on headsails.
The accommodation is arranged into bunks in the after part of the boat.
She is capable of sleeping 10 but there will only be a maximum of 6 plus the skipper and mate on board.
It is aimed at novices and experienced sailors alike.If you are more of a novice you will want to have done at least a Competent Crew course before doing this trip.
This trip is a cruise and not a formal course but you can learn as much or as little as you want. The skipper is an instructor and will find it difficult not to teach or coach to anyone that shows the slightest bit of interest.
There is also the opportunity to skipper the odd 60nm passage which will be of interest to anyone with a plan to become a Yachtmaster.
The trip is obviously be weather dependent. If conditions prevented a trip to the West Country the the conditions might be more favourbale to head across the Channel to explore France and the Channel Islands. So you should bring your passport just in case. In the unlikely situation where the conditions don’t allow us to leave the Solent we would look to ensure you get plenty of sailing in the testing conditions that prevent the passage but in safer more sheltered local waters. Unfortunately we are not able to offer a refund or transfer to a later date if the itinerary changes due to the weather conditions.
The price includes all food on board, apart from 2 evening meals as we think you might like to sample the local cuisine, fuel, gas, all safety equipment, instructor and accommodation on board. The only ‘hidden’ cost are mooring fees. It depends on where you end up at night. Anchorages are free, buoys are usually very cheap and marinas cost. If you budgeted on between £40/£50 for the trip you should be fine.
We are fully insured but we would advise that you get your own travel insurance from a company such as TopSail Insurance.