JL050518 Tall Ship Taster – Bank Holiday Cornish Adventure

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
JL050518 Sat 5 May (15.00) Mon 7 May (16.00) Fowey Fowey 3 £340 Book voyage »

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A weekend to remember. Come and discover Cornwall with its sweeping bays, picturesque ports, and ancient market towns, joining our ship for this activity filled weekend exploring the coastlines around the historic port of Fowey under traditional sail.

Here, in this part of Cornwall, the dramatic coast gave inspiration to Daphne du Maurier for many of her  novels based around South Cornwall.  Her first, The Loving Spirit told about the Slade family, shipbuilders from Polruan building and sailing schooners similar to our Johanna Lucretia.

Who would this voyage suit?

A short taster voyage for those that wish to try a hands-on experience aboard a sailing vessel.

This would be ideal as a gift, or an excellent way to see if you have sea legs, prior to venturing onto a longer voyage.

  • Scottish sunset Frances Trainer
  • Seal on a rock

Voyage Description

Over the weekend we will teach you as much as possible about the sailing and manoeuvring of a ship, tacking up to the historic port of Charlestown and coming up to  anchor under sail. Our skippers interest is to show you how these ships were handled for centuries and this sheltered bay provides a perfect learning ground if you are new to tall ship sailing.

Rounding the Gribben we sail past Cannis Rock and Menabilly, where Rebecca, one of Daphne’s most famous of stories was centred. Sailing on past Lantic bay we may have time to set the topsails before a short visit to Polperro and Looe before finding an anchorage in a sheltered bay for the night.

A good walk is a great way to start or end the day and there are many circular walks to stretch our legs before returning on board for a fantastic meal prepared by our chef. Using the best of local ingredients, he creates such dishes as local cod with chorizo (cornish of course) and our home-grown pork from the moor is always a delight served with his  homemade medlar chutney.

Your weekend aboard will close with a traditional cream tea (cream on top!)back at our berth on the river in Fowey.


With summer just around the corner, everything is bursting into life and  Sir John Betjman says it best in his poem about the Cornish cliffs and the wildlife that inhabits them.



Those moments, tasted once and never done,

Of long surf breaking in the mid-day sun.

A far-off blow-hole booming like a gun-

The seagulls plane and circle out of sight

Below this thirsty, thrift-encrusted height,

The veined sea-campion buds burst into white

And gorse turns tawny orange, seen beside

Pale drifts of primroses cascading wide

To where the slate falls sheer into the tide.

And in the shadowless, unclouded glare

Deep blue above us fades to whiteness where

A misty sea-line meets the wash of air.

Nut-smell of gorse and honey-smell of ling

Waft out to sea the freshness of the spring

On sunny shallows, green and whispering.

The wideness which the lark-song gives the sky

Shrinks at the clang of sea-birds sailing by

Whose notes are tuned to days when seas are high”.

  • Sea Urchin credit Gemma Turner
  • Sea bird chick
  • Moules mariniere

Useful Information

How to get there:

Regular train service to Par then take the local bus or taxi towards Fowey.  Get off at Safeharbour pub and walk down the hill to the quay.  Only 15 minutes.

By road via the A38 – parking in one of Fowey’s numerous car parks, but remember to pay the correct amount as the traffic wardens are frequent visitors.

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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 run by local frenchman!  Great food.

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.


Captain Rodger Barton 07721 651034

Fowey water taxi 07774 906730

Harbour Master 01726 832471

Old Ferry Inn


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