Morwenna

 

Morwenna Voyages

Come and sail on board a modern replica of a vessel stepped in maritime history.  With all mod cons!  Feel the creaking timbers beneath your feet, the strength of the ash tiller in your hand, smell the rope, the wood and the canvas as you hoist the main sail and the anchor is heaved back on board.  A seal pops its head up snorts out its cloudy breath and Morwenna heads off into the breaking morning mist to her next port of call.

We will visit busy bustling ports like Southampton, Vigo, Portsmouth, Brest, Plymouth, Falmouth, La Coruna.  There’s always plenty of other craft to admire and modern day pilot vessels to be compared.

On other days we may stop at quiet, peaceful anchorages like Start Bay in Devon, Didcot Bay off Sark, beyond The King Harry ferry up the River Fal and many more.  BBQ on beaches, row ashore to the pub, swim from the boat.  If such strenuous activities don’t take your fancy just lean back on deck with a book and gently sway back and forth with the swell.

A lot of the cruisies will start and finish in the Solent and involve visiting bustling ports like Southampton and Naval Portsmouth where there’s always plenty of other craft to watch and contrast modern day pilot vessels with Morwenna;  yachting meccas like Cowes and the Hamble with their boutique shops, bars and restaurants; quieter pretty harbours like Yarmouth, Chichester, Beaulieu, Weymouth and Lymington; and National Trust anchorages such as New Town Creek and Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour.

Our West Country cruises start and finish in Plymouth.  The exact route will depend on the weather, especially the wind, and will be decided at the start of each voyage.  Plans may be altered along the way but that is the wonderful nature of sailing.  Undoubtedly you will visit places such as Dartmouth – the jewel of the South Hams with its pretty ancient narrow streets housing boutique shops, art galleries and delicatessens overlooked by the Royal Dartmouth Naval College; Salcombe – an harbour of unspoilt natural beauty surrounded by tranquil countryside; Falmouth – the third largest deep-water harbour in the world, the traditional gateway to the Atlantic and one of the world’s great sailing harbours with a world class National Maritime Museum. The clear water, sheltered creeks and mild temperatures of the Fal estuary provide fine natural oyster beds, sustaining the last remaining oyster fisheries still dredging under sail and oar in Europe; The Helford River – where luxuriant green woods and fields meet the sea has long been recognised for its scenic beauty and biological importance; Fowey - which has a unique unspoilt ancient charm with medieval and Tudor cottages, narrow steep winding streets with glimpses of the shimmering river below, busy with yachts and boats; cobbled walkways perfumed with flowers from hanging baskets and window boxes and the quays bustling with life, all help to enchant any visitor particularly one from the sea.

Quiet secluded anchorages can often be found between these picturesque Devonshire and Cornish coastal towns giving opportunities to row ashore and walk some of the coastal path.

The weather may make it preferable to head over to Brittany and the Channel Islands.  Drop anchor off Herm, a tranquil beach paradise with no cars, or Sark another traffic free island with a picturesque rural interior best experienced on foot or by a hired bicycle.  Tie up at St Peter Port, the capital of Guernsey a bustling harbour town and a tapestry of architectural styles that tell the story of the region’s changing fortunes. Sail through the strong Channel Island tides to Alderney which feels more remote than any of the other Channel Islands and is a paradise for nature lovers.  The French coast provides opportunities for similar style ports of call and moules marinieres.  St Malo, Paimpol, Tréguier, Lézardrieux, Granville, St Vaarst, Honfleur, amongst others.

Our cruises to the Isles of Scilly are not to be missed.  With over 100 islands in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos, there is so much to explore (www.simplyscilly.co.uk).  These beautiful islands, each intriguingly different exude a timeless peace and natural tranquillity found nowhere else.The Scilly Isles cruise offers sailing for those wanting an abundance of maritime wildlife and sub tropical flora

The cruise will undoubtedly involve a lot of anchoring in beautiful small bays.  There will be chances to visit the famous sub tropical gardens on Tresco and explore Bryher (the smallest community in Scilly), St Agnes (with its most south westerly pub in Great Britain) and St Martins (with its views back to Land’s End), and many of the uninhabited islands.

 

 

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