I’m in the early stages of planning this year’s sailing. Here are some possible trips: please let me know which appeal to you and feel free to suggest other ideas.
Guiding Star is for sale through Wooden Ships so it’s possible that she will pass to a new owner at some point during the season. However, historic wooden boats take time to sell, so I’m planning the season anyway! And if she does sell, never fear, the new owner may well appreciate experienced crew, or we can find ourselves berths on other old boats.
Two or three weeks of painting and varnishing in Millbrook, across the Sound from Plymouth, the most beautiful place in England to work on a boat. Possible dates 20th March to 7th April. If you’d like to come for a day or two to join in, you’d be hugely welcome.
Shakedown sail in the second half of the month, after Easter, perhaps to Salcombe in the east or Fowey in the west.
The Looe Lugger Regatta on 19-21 May is unmissable. Join the boat in Plymouth on Wednesday 17th May to sail to Looe on the evening high tide on Thursday 18th for racing and partying on Friday and the weekend, then back to Plymouth on Monday 22nd. There’s a big update on plans for the Regatta on the Welcome to Looe website.
The Falmouth Classics from 16-18 June is the biggest gathering of traditional boats in Britain and always fun. There will be racing on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th and a Parade of Sail on Sunday 18th. Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 13th to sail to Fowey on Wednesday 14th and Falmouth on Thursday 15th. Then sail back to Plymouth on Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th.
I’m keen to take Guiding Star to Brittany for the 31st anniversary celebration of the launch of the magnificent French lugger Le Grand Léjon in Saint Brieuc-Le Légué from 7-9 July. Join the boat in Plymouth on Wednesday 5th July to set out on Thursday 6th, locking into Saint Brieuc on the evening high tide on Friday 7th.
What about staying in Brittany afterwards for a cruise around the Bay of St Malo? We could possibly leave the boat in Roscoff and come home on the ferry.
The Festival du Chant de Marin in Paimpol from 4-6 August is fabulous, and would make a great starting point for a cruise to southern Brittany. I still haven’t managed to take Guiding Star south of the Raz du Sein and would love to cruise as far as the Isles de Glenan and Belle Ile.
If the boat is already in France, we’ll take the ferry to Roscoff. Otherwise, join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 1st August to cross the Channel on Wednesday 2nd and arrive in Paimpol on Thursday 3rd.
We could cruise southern Brittany for the rest of the month. This doesn’t have to be the same crew for the whole time: Quimper and Nantes are both reachable by train and plane for crew change-overs.
Let me know what you think!