Golden Vanity West Country Cruise starts 8 August

Brixham, Devon, 8 - 14 August

Explore the beautiful south coast on an historic wooden classic.

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Location:
Brixham, Devon
Date:
8 - 14 August
Price:
£4300

The Trip

Starting and finishing in Brixham, cruise along the Devonshire and Cornish coast to a backdrop of rolling hills and scenic sea side villages. You will gain fantastic sailing experience, cover a lot of miles, and get plenty of time to relax and unwind.

The West Country offers some of the best cruising in the world in our opinion. Build miles, practice what you already know, improve your navigation, increase your experience or just kick back and watch the world go by as we explore some lovely sea side villages and towns, all from the decks of an historical wooden boat.

Setting of from Golden Vanity's home fishing port of Brixham we will likely 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 we 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.

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 and dependent on the wind direction. 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.

This is a hands on sailing trip but previous sailing experience is not at all essential. Our skipper and mate will show you the ropes and the easy-to-follow techniques of sailing a traditional boat such as Golden Vanity that will allow you to get the most out of your sailing experience. That said if you would rather just enjoy the scenery and catch up on some reading that is fine.

Golden Vanity was built in 1908, she is very much an historical boat with an interesting past. She is a Mumble Bee class of Brixham Sailing Trawler. Built for any weather she is very stable and really solid.

She was built for the famous marine artist, Arthur Briscoe, who used to paint from her decks some of the last days of working sail. He also used to regularly sail her with close friends including the spy novelist Erskine Childers who wrote Riddle of the Sands.

On deck she is as she was all those years ago. Down below she has been fitted out with all the necessary comforts you might expect on a yacht of her size

Golden Vanity can take 12 people. There would generally only be a maximum of 6 plus skipper and maybe a mate on board the yacht. There are 6 dormitory style berths up forward, a berth in the saloon and two berths aft.

Many crew - male and female - join us as solo travellers, though we do regualrly welcome couples, families and small groups of friends.

The trip is obviously weather dependent. If conditions prevented a trip to the West Country then 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 cover lots of miles 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.

There is no formal course on this trip. You can certainly record your miles in your logbook and they will go towards any RYA qualification you are aiming for.

Whilst the weather sailing of the south coast is actually fairly mild it is important to have the correct clothing.

Space on a boat is always at a premium, so you should pack your clothes in a soft holdall that can be stowed away in a locker. Bags with wheels or metal buckles should be avoided, as these may damage the woodwork on boats. You will need:

  • Sleeping bag and sheet
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Warm clothing. It can sometimes be considerably cooler at sea than on land.
  • Fleeces and thermals are good for chillier times of the year.
  • A sunhat/baseball cap
  • A woolly hat for cold weather
  • Suncream
  • Sunglasses
  • Retaining strap for glasses/sunglasses
  • Sailing gloves
  • Non marking shoes (Trainers or deck shoes)
  • Non-slip/non-marking waterproof sailing boots (not agricultural-type wellies). These can be purchased from the chandlery at Shamrock Quay for about £40.
  • Waterproof clothing (unless you have asked us to provide it for you)
  • RYA Logbook, if you have one, if not we can provide one for £7.49
  • Current passport (if sailing holiday or trip may involve other countries)
  • European Health Insurance Card (if sailing holiday or trip involves other EU countries)
  • Health insurance documentation (if applicable)
  • For clothing, remember that you will be outdoors most of the day. A range of sporty, layered clothing is best. Jeans are OK, but not ideal as they are hard to dry if they get wet. You want to be warm, comfortable and able to move easily. We provide modern, branded waterproof trousers and jackets free of charge. Just let us know your sizes on the booking form.
  • Soft bag for all your belongings (no hard suitcases please)

We provide all safety equipment such as lifejackets and harnesses.

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Location:
Brixham, Devon
Date:
8 - 14 August
Code:
5582
Format:
7 Days
Price:
£4300

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