Sailing Dates 2023

Here are the trips I’m planning this season. Most are fully crewed but people’s plans often change so please let me know if you’d like to go on a waiting list.

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.


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.


A week in Brittany to celebrate the 31st anniversary 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. We’ll sail back on 10th-12th July, possibly with a night in the Trieux River or Guernsey before crossing the Channel.


The Festival du Chant de Marin in Paimpol from 4-6 August and then 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.

Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 1st August to cross the Channel on Wednesday 2nd and arrive in Paimpol on Thursday 3rd.

After the festival, we’ll head south and meander around the beautiful bays and islands of southern Brittany, aiming to be back in Plymouth by the end of the month.

There’s a festival in Erquy back in northern Brittany from 30 August – 1 September to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the replica trading vessel Ste Jeanne which might make a fine end to the trip.

Sail on a 1907 Cornish fishing boat

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