Delightful Westcountry Sailing

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE090421 Friday 9 Apr (15.00) Sunday 11 April (15.00 pm) Fowey Fowey 3 £495 Book voyage »

Please note: all of Bessie Ellen’s bookings are now handled by Nikki’s own agency, VentureSail Holidays. By clicking ‘Book voyage’ you will be taken to a VentureSail booking form in order to secure your berths.


A whole weekend afloat!

Early spring is one of the most delightful seasons in Cornwall and there can be no better way to try out sailing a Tall Ship over the weekend exploring the Fowey  Estuary to Helford or Falmouth and back. This coast is very much home for Bessie Ellen having worked in and out of Cornish ports over many years. For the crew too!   Nikki grew up here and with her knowledge of the area she is able to choose all the best spots for your ultimate break.

Voyage Details

Voyage Description

The sailing here is world class, giving either the adventurous sailor or the complete beginner a challenge. On board, you, the voyage crew take part in hauling sails, steering and navigating under the eye of the skipper, while the professional crew are on hand to teach traditional rope work and navigation techniques.

At night we will find an anchorage up a creek or picturesque Cornish harbour, perhaps rafting alongside other vessels and enjoying the atmosphere and camraderie of life at sea, of story telling and playing music over a nightcap under the stars..

Experience More!

  • Hands on adventure with experienced guidance
  • Sublime food including Cornish specialities
  • Quiet and secluded anchorages
  • Wonderful wildlife

Who the Voyage would Suit

First Time sailors, musicians, star gazers, sailors at all levels, gardeners and bird watchers.


The wild Cornish coast offers an excellent habitat for many species of wildlife both on the coast and inside our estuaries. In spring, hatched shark egg cases get washed ashore and can be found when wandering the beach.   Look in the seaweed at the high tide line and you will be sure to find one. Gather sea spinach and shoreline samphire for the dinner table, nearly all are edible here.

At sea, we may be lucky enough to see a seal colony lazing on the rocks or dolphins playing in the bow wave as we sail.   Sunfish and basking sharks are more summer visitors, but with warm spring sunshine they can be seen close in shore.

For bird lovers, our coasts and cliffs become the breeding grounds for many of the popular species such as, fulmar and kittiwakes and in some rarer spots, puffins. Less likely to be seen out at sea, but certainly up nesting in the cliffs are the Chough. A member of the crow family, they have recently returned to Cornwall after 50 years.


Useful Information

How to get there:

By Rail: First Great Western to Par then bus to Town or Docks

By Road: From Exeter 1 hour .  Parking available at Caffa Mill

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Where to Stay:

If you are travelling earlier than the joining date you will find loads of quality AirB&B or hotels that will suit all budgets.


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