Delivery Voyage to the Maritime Extravaganza of Brest 2020

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE060720 Mon 6 July (12.00 pm) Thurs 9 July (12.00 pm) Newlyn, Cornwall Brest, Brittany 4 £500 Book voyage »

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Become part of Bessie Ellen’s voyage crew, standing watches, reefing sails and taking part in navigating and all other aspects of a wooden vessel as she journeys over to the festivities of the Brest 2020 festival in France.

  • Underway in Mounts Bay
  • Map reading
  • Taking the helm on Bessie Ellen credit Sarah Whitehead

Voyage Description

Our voyage aboard Bessie Ellen begins in the sweet fishing village of Newlyn, Cornwall before heading across the English Channel, around the Breton coast and onto the harbour town of Brest.

Newlyn is a beautiful backdrop for boarding Bessie Ellen. A quaint tiny fishing harbour on the South coast of Cornwall, this little town is bustling with friendly locals, great local seafood and traditional sailing boats.

This 4-day sailing passage is a great opportunity for guests to take the chance to do something really different and experience a working passage aboard a traditional vessel. Get involved in all aspects of sailing including setting and trimming sails, steering and navigation, practising your knots or simply reading a book.  You will help the crew stand watches, carry out logbook duties and help with traditional skilled maintenance – even baking the bread! Each watch is 4 hours long with 8 hours rest in between – this includes night watches.

Sailing past the Breton coast, keep your binoculars at the ready for local marine wildlife. Dolphins can often be found in the wake of the bow and if you get close enough to shore, watch out for the inquisitive common seal. Bird life along the coast is rife, birds of prey will soar and gull colonies will can be heard even a couple of miles out to sea.

Your final destination is the historic port of Brest in northwestern France known for its rich maritime history, naval base and medieval architecture. Overlooking the harbour is the medieval Château de Brest, home to the National Navy Museum, a fascinating piece of architecture standing opposite the medieval tower of Tour Tanguy across the River.

All on board food and soft drinks are included in your ticket price.


Although a passage making voyage, you will be amazed by how much life is out at sea. From the sea birds that follow our wake, fulmars and gannets always present swooping behind us. Jellyfish, although not so cute but still fascinating. A near certainty is seeing dolphins, either bottlenose or common Atlantic dolphin.


Useful Information

How to get there:

By Rail: First Great Western to Penzance, you’ll need to hail a taxi to make the short journey round to Newlyn.

By Road: From Exeter 97 miles, 2 hrs. A30 via Launceston & Bodmin, then A39. www.theaa/route-planner.

Cheap flights from Rennes for a great travel link in Brittany … Isle of Man; Jersey; Kirkwall; Leeds Bradford; Manchester; Newcastle; Southampton; Sumburgh all with

The excellent train system in France is also another fantastic means of getting around –



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