Easter Sailing Weekend 2018

Voyage No. Start date End date Start port End port Days Price
BE300318 Fri 30 Mar (15.00) Mon 2 April (15.00) Fowey Fowey 4 £410 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.


Early spring is one of the most delightful seasons in Cornwall and there can be no better way to celebrate the Easter holiday than at sea. The county is very much home for Bessie Ellen having worked in and out of Cornish ports over many years. 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.

Voyage Details

Voyage Description

After a days sailing enjoy a wonderful dinner prepared by our chef, Pete. All our food is sourced locally and sustainably where possible.

Possible route

Setting sail from Fowey and heading west, Charlestown is a fine working example of an 18th century clay harbour and is a good stop ashore to visit and eat ice cream. Rounding Dodman point with its high cliffs and wheeling gulls, head for the busy port of Falmouth and all there is to offer for sheltered sailing. An anchorage up the Helford river or Trelissick you feel the wonderful peace of the river and a chance to walk along the bank to King Harry Ferry. A longer passage to Salcome or Dartmouth takes us into Devon before returning to Fowey for the last evening.

Experience More!

On arrival you are welcomed with a traditional Cornish cream tea.

To celebrate our association with  Sail trade, you will receive a free bar of Chocolate made from cacao sailed over the Atlantic using sail power alone.
“An amazing time, brilliant food, sailing & company. Many thanks x” Samantha T South Yorkshire.


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.

The coast path is a truly wild place to walk. you may see the world’s fastest bird, the Peregrine falcon making a strong comeback along our coastline in recent decades. Any section of Coast Path with nearby cliffs, you stand a good chance of seeing this awesome hunter in action.


Useful Information

How to get there:

Join : Fowey town Quay Water taxi service

Regular train service to Par then bus or taxi.

Daily flights into Newquay Airport

By road via the A38 from Plymouth towards Liskeard/Saltash. At Twelvewoods roundabout follow St Austell. Pass through the town of Lostwithiel, and in about 4 miles turn left towards Fowey on A3082. Free parking off Park Road.

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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.

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