JL270418 – Tall Ship Taster. Enjoy Poldark County under Sail

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
JL270418 Fri 27 April (15.00) Sun 29 April (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.

Who the Voyage would Suit

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

  • Moules mariniere
  • Dolphin jumping out of water
  • Map reading
  • Taking the helm
  • Gin and tonic on deck

Voyage Description

Over the weekend we will teach you as much as possible about the sailing and manouevring 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.


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.

  • Seabirds on a rock
  • Grazing Puffins
  • Seal on a rock
  • Mussels
  • Dolphins - taken from bow
  • Puffins and a rabbit

Useful Information

How to get there:

Regular train service to Par then take the local bus or taxi to Fowey.  Only 12 minutes.

By road via the A38

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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.