Sail to the Isles of Scilly onboard Pilot Cutter Agnes and Pellew
From Mid May through to the end of August 2020 we will be offering hands-on sailing holidays to the Isles of Scilly onboard our Scillonian Pilot Cutter Agnes and newly launched Falmouth Pilot Cutter Pellew. Whether you choose to travel solo or with friends, it’s a great way to see as much as possible of this beautiful set of islands. No prior sailing experience to join and can get involved as much as you want to.
Set 28 miles to the west of Lands End are the beautiful and secluded archipelago of the Isles of Scilly. They are a world apart from the mainland but still a manageable distance away to be enjoyed by those who want to venture there.
There are 5 inhabited islands plus many others that are not. It is a very special place which leaves a lifetime of memories to all those who visit.
From Falmouth it is about a 60-mile passage made under sail which depending on the weather will either be sailed overnight or two long day sails.
Beautiful and remote
It’s beauty and remoteness means that while there maybe a anchorage for any direction they can get rolly because its set out in the Atlantic. Any landing will always be from the dinghy so you need to confident getting in and out of it.
With beauty and a simpler way of life comes with it a lot of beach landings or if you are lucky and the tide’s in you may be able to land on a quay or slip way. Whether it is barefoot, wellie boots or sandals wading ashore in ankle deep, bright blue waters and talcum powder white sandy beaches it’s easy to forget you are only 30 miles of the English coast and not in some tropical location.
Sail onboard a piece of history
Luke built Agnes to the lines of the original Scillonian pilot cutter of the same name built in 1841 operating from the island of St Agnes. The original would have headed out into the Atlantic to board local scillonian pilot onto the larger ships to help them return safely to the islands to receive ongoing orders. What could be better then to explore the islands on a boat that is part of the history that shaped the islands. Pellew is the next generation of bigger and faster boats that sailed out from Falmouth and saw the demise of the Scillonian cutters.
St Agnes and Gugh
A firm favourite with us all at working sail and with two anchorages, in the Cove on the southern side and Porth Conger on the north means that we are always hopeful of anchoring here over night in order to explore. The two islands are joined together by a sandbar which at high water disappears leaving the two separated for a short time but when the waters recede it offer fantastic beach combing or swimming possibilities. Enjoy a meal at the idyllic turks head pub which overlooks St Mary’s sound and northwards to Tresco, Samson and Bryher. Explore the interior of the island which is dotted with beautiful cottages and flourishing local farms. An ice cream at Troy town is also well worth it. With no developed roads and a simple way of life St Agnes is very magical place.
Tresco and Bryher
New Grimsby sounds is situated between Tresco and Bryher and is a regular stop off for us. A very beautiful spot and offers the opportunity to visit two very different islands in a day. Bryher, the further west of the islands is less populated and built up and allows you to explore the island using its network of foot paths.
On the other side of the sound, a short dinghy or ferry ride across is Tresco which has a wealth of attractions to visit including the Tresco Abbey garden which can keep you busy for hours and includes the Valhalla museum with loads of figure heads of ships that have been wrecked on the islands. If you fancy a walk then you can walk out on the northern end of the islands and explore Cromwells castle and the rocky outcrops
The contrast between the two islands is noticeable but both enjoyable for different reasons and are firm favourites when we visit.
Well worth a visit we can anchor in a variety in different places in order to go ashore and enjoy this islands. It’s beautiful long beaches and small town as the western side are well worth an explore and at 2 miles in length its not difficult to get around.