Sailing Dates 2022

We had a terrific year in 2021 after the miseries of 2020, sailing all the way up and down the coast of Devon and Cornwall and to the Isles of Scilly. 

Here are plans for 2022. As we sail this year, we’ll be celebrating the life of Barry Jobson, who with his wife Jackie Gillespie rebuilt Guiding Star in the early 1990s, sailed her to the Caribbean and back, and cruised England and France in her for nearly 30 years. Barry died earlier this month and the best way I can think to honour his memory is to sail his boat to places he loved.

Please email me to let me know which trips interest you.

La Morue en Fete, Binic – 26-29 May

Festival in north Brittany celebrating the centuries’-long history of French fishermen crossing the Atlantic to catch cod off Newfoundland, held every Ascension Day weekend. We found a wonderful welcome when we went in 2019 and this will be our first passage to France since the pandemic.

Join the boat in Plymouth on Sunday 22nd May, returning to Plymouth Wednesday 1st June. New regulations following Brexit means a trip to France takes several more days than we’re used to: we have to sail to a designated ‘Port of Entry’ to have our passports stamped when we arrive, and again when we depart; and most of the ports on the Brittany coast are accessible only around high tide.

My plan is to set sail from Plymouth at dawn on Monday 23rd May in order to arrive off St Brieuc / Le Légué in time for the harbour gate opening at 1405 local time (1205 gmt) on Tuesday 24th. We’ll then have a rest day and motor the 6 miles up the coast to Binic on Thursday 26th: we’ll  have a narrow window to do this at the top of the flood tide. Then on Monday 30th we’ll need to motor back to Le Légué to stamp out before setting out back to Plymouth.

Falmouth Classics – 17-19 June

This is the biggest gathering of traditional boats in Britain: two days of racing and then a spectacular Parade of Sail which fills the broad expanse of Carrick Roads. Last year’s event included two pontoon parties and a ringside seat at the G7 summit media operation, which had our boats as the backdrop to the live TV shots. 

Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 14th June to sail to Fowey on Wednesday 15th and Falmouth on Thursday 16th. The races are on Friday and Saturday and the Parade on Sunday. Afterwards, we’ll leave the boat in Falmouth to be ready to sail deeper into Cornwall. 

Sea, Salts and Sail, Mousehole 1-3 July

This will be our first visit to this festival in one of Cornwall’s most famous fishing villages. It’s a family festival with local bands, food and drink tents, and craft stalls.

Join the boat in Falmouth on Tuesday 28th June to sail to Newlyn or Penzance on Wednesday 29th and Mousehole on Thursday 30th. The festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and we’ll move the boat back to Newlyn or Penzance on Monday 4th, ready to sail to France.

Douarnenez Temps Fete 14-17 July

The oldest Brittany festival, famous for its music as well as its food and, of course, the boats. All the town’s many sailors and fishermen rally round to clear space for visiting boats in the harbour and offer a ferry service to the quay until late each night. Our last visit was truly memorable.

Join the boat in Penzance or Newlyn on Friday 8th July to sail to Brest on Saturday-Sunday 9th-10th. We’ll take Monday 11th to pass through immigration, then sail to Cabaret on Tuesday 12th and Douarnenez on Thursday 13th.  If the festival is able to arrange immigration facilities in Douarnenez itself, we could leave two days later.

After the festival, we’ll cruise southern Brittany and return to Plymouth by 31st July. 

Happy sailing!

Sail on a 1907 Cornish fishing boat

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