Here’s what we’re planning for the year: email the skipper, Paul, if you’re interested to come. Please note revised dates for Binic trip and related changes to dates for Brixham trip.
Guiding Star will come out of the water at the end of February for two weeks to renew the antifouling and paint the topsides. She’ll be ready to sail by the end of March.
5-7 April shakedown sail
Join the boat in Plymouth on Thursday 4th April and let’s sail to Fowey and Falmouth or Salcombe and Dartmouth, depending on the wind. Back in Plymouth by the end of Sunday 7th.
3-6 May shakedown sail
Join the boat in Plymouth on Thursday 2nd May; return by the end of Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May. Similar destinations.
25-26 May Brixham Heritage Sailing Regatta
Two days of traditional boat sailing which coincide with a festival of seafood in the south coast’s biggest fishing port over May bank holiday weekend.
Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 21st May to sail to Dartmouth on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd; then a passage race to Brixham on Friday 24th. After the regatta, we’ll enjoy a quiet Bank Holiday Monday and set out for Brittany and the Binic Morue en Fête on Tuesday 28th.
30 May-2 June La Morue en Fête, Binic
Traditional boat regatta with music, food and fun at what used to be France’s biggest cod-fishing port (“Morue” is one of the French words for “cod”). There’s a big meal for the crews on Friday evening and a race on Saturday afternoon.
Join the boat in Brixham on Monday 27th May. We’ll sail to France on Tuesday-Wednesday 28th-29th, spend a day cruising the French coast and arrive in Binic on the afternoon of Thursday 30th. Return crossing Monday-Wednesday 3-5 June to leave the boat in Plymouth.
14-16 June Falmouth Classics
The largest classic boating event in the UK. We came third in the luggers class last year after some exciting sailing in very light winds and a heatwave. I’ve already booked to be sure of a mooring buoy.
Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 11 June to sail to Fowey and then Falmouth on Wednesday-Thursday 12-13. Sail back to Fowey and Plymouth on Monday-Tuesday 17-18 June.
6-7 July Looe Lugger Regatta
Every two years, the survivors of Cornwall’s sailing fishing fleet and other traditional boats compete in Looe Bay. We are welcomed with open arms, and lots of pasties and beer, by Looe Sailing Club. Guiding Star loved the fresh winds at the 2017 event. For those interested in the history, there’s a new heritage centre which has just opened in Looe.
Join the boat in Plymouth on Wednesday 3 July to sail to Looe on Thursday. Sail back to Plymouth on Monday 8 July.
2-3 August Festival du Chant de Marin, Paimpol
One of the biggest traditional boat festivals in France, with a terrific music programme. 2019 is the 30th anniversary of the festival so it should be bigger and better than ever. To get yourselves in the mood, watch the video from last year.
Join the boat in Plymouth on Tuesday 30 July to sail to Brittany on Wednesday-Thursday 31 July-1 August. We could come straight back on Monday-Tuesday 5-6 August or we could cruise the coast of Brittany and maybe visit the Channel Islands or Scilly.
late August La fête de la Belle Angèle, Pont-Aven
Possible further trip to the Atlantic coast of Brittany for this festival. Dates haven’t been fixed for the 2019 event yet.
30 August – 1 September Charlestown Harbour Festival
A new venture being launched after the 18th century copper port was bought by Tim Smit, the entrepreneur who created the Eden Project. Details are still being developed but organisers promise live music, food and celebration of the harbour’s history as a film location for films and TV dramas including Poldark.