Sailing the Cornish Coast

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE260919 Thurs 26 Sept (15.00) Sun 29 Sept (15.00) Fowey Fowey 4 £550.00 *Now £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.


Cornwall is very much home for Bessie Ellen, having worked in and out of Cornish ports over most of her working life. Nikki the skipper grew up here and knows the coasts and harbours well,  so she is able to choose all the best spots for your ultimate break. Become involved as much as you like with the sailing by taking the wheel, navigating or hauling the ropes. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and soak in the experience of a traditional wooden ship under sail. No experience is necessary as the ship has a fully trained crew who are on hand and keen to teach newcomers.

  • Moules mariniere
  • Dolphin jumping out of water
  • Bessie Ellen off Falmouth

Voyage Description

Setting sail from Fowey and sailing along the stunning cornish coast, you may head towards the idyllic anchorage in the beautiful Helford river or Trelissick, each allowing guests to absorb the calming peace of the river as the sun goes down or perhaps the historic maritime port of Falmouth, it’s large sheltered bay makes for one of the UK’s finest places to sail.

Another popular stop is the historic  Charlestown, a fine working example of an 18th-century clay harbour and now a famous filming location for the BBC drama Poldark, it’s a great place to step ashore, sightsee and sample Cornish ice cream. From Charlestown, we will round Dodman Point, the highest point on the south Cornish coast, before reaching our final destination of Fowey.

The time at sea is yours to make your own and guests are invited to become as involved as much as they like by taking the wheel, navigating or hauling the ropes. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and soak up the sights as the gorgeous Cornish coast passes you by, keeping eyes peeled for dolphins, basking sharks and a host of bird life, including the world’s fastest flying bird, the Peregrine falcon, which has made a strong comeback along the Cornish coastline recently.

All food and soft drinks are included in the price.


Basking sharks are moving toward the plankton rich coasts of the Westcountry and if lucky, you catch sight of them them zigzagging through the water as they feed. Noticeable by a large, dark triangular dorsal fin the shark filter feeds with open gills, filtering up to 2ooo tons of water per hour to gather the zooplankton and small fish.


Useful Information

How to get there:

Join: Newlyn Harbour

Regular train service to Penzance then take bus or taxi.

Daily flights into Newquay Airport – take a private transfer.

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Where to Stay:

There are a number of B&B’s and Hotels in Fowey at various prices. We can recommend The Old Ferry Inn at Boddinick

Visitor Attractions:

The Eden project is well worth a visit as is the National maritime museum. There are also some interesting and beautiful coastal walks.


Nikki :07800 825 382


Read our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a few common enquiries that we receive.