Autumn Adventures – An Ocean Passage to Cascais

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE141017 Sat 14 Oct (15.00) Fri 27 Oct (10.00) Fowey, Cornwall Cascais, Portugal 14 £FULL Book voyage »

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Take on Biscay and discover Lands’ End in three different countries on an autumn sail from Fowey, and visit Finisterre Brittany and Finisterra in Galicia – both meaning the end of the world, and both linked by their Celtic roots and rugged coastline. Their headlands jut westwards out into the Atlantic to be shaped and tortured by the elements, marking age old turning points for seafarers. Journey down to Santiago de Compostella and pick up a scallop shell along the way, before one last stop in Vigo, exploring the ria’s and fishing villages of this forgotten corner of Spain and finally ending up over halfway down the Portuguese coast in Cascais.

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 down. This is an ideal opportunity for mile building towards yacht master accreditation.

Voyage Details

Voyage Description

Our voyage aboard Bessie Ellen begins at the ancient and historic port of Fowey, and continues to visit more through France, Spain, and Portugal, enjoying the infamous Biscay on the way down. The passage of around 900 miles makes this is a great chance for those wishing to get some decent miles and night hours in their logbooks whilst experiencing the thrills of handling a wooden sailing vessel. Get involved in all aspects of sailing including setting and trimming sails, steering and navigation or just while away the hours fishing for Tuna, practicing your knots or simply reading a book.

Join in the historic town of Fowey and head across the channel to visit the historic fishing towns of Douarnenez and Camaret in Brittany. Round Ar Men and take a carefully planned route to pass the islands of Belle Isle, Yeu and Oleron, before enjoying a day trip to Santiago de Compostella at the end of the famous pilgrimage – a highlight that is not to be missed. We will then go on to the ancient villages of Muxia and Camarinas, where we will then head South to sail the Galician coast discovering the Rias of Muros and Pontevedra, eventually arriving in Cascais, Portugal.

Useful Information

How to get there:

Fowey is easily accessible by road or rail. Bessie Ellen will be on a mooring in the river on your arrival.  Please contact us on 0044 7800 825 382 for a pick up by dinghy.

By rail: Closest station is Par.  A regular bus service runs from Par station to Fowey, stopping outside the Safeharbour pub.  A short walk to the quay.

By road: A38 from Plymouth.  A380 then B3269 to Fowey.

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