DIRECTORS CHOICE: Sail with us on Grayhound’s Maiden Voyage

Classic Sailing Directors Adam and Debbie Purser were first to sign up as crew for Grayhound’s Maiden voyage. This is a totally unique ocean going charter vessel which we have watched being built and we are thrilled to be able to come sailing with Marcus, Freya, the new mate Micheal (pronounced ‘Mihall’), deckhand Charlie and upto 6 Classic Sailing customers.  We have never sailed a lugger, let alone a three mast lugger in all the years we have spent sailing and skippering traditional boats. Debbie had already written ‘2013 Goal – Learn to Sail a Lugger’ in her diary back in December.  We are dying to try out the amazing interior too.  If you have ever wondered how to make a brand new wooden ship vessel feel like a cozy, ocean going  home for a young family, professional crew and guest crew, then come and be impressed.

family hug on launch day

Introductory Offer of £299 for 3 day Weekend Voyage & Champagne Supper

Like many of you – getting 10 days away from the office was never going to happen, so we have shortened Grayhound’s first voyage to make it more accessable to a wider range of supporters.  The other benefit is we can offer it at a more affordable price of £299.  Maybe champagne is a bit out of historic character to toast the future for this brand new wooden working boat, but we are going to do it on the last supper anyway because we like an excuse for popping corks.

Maiden Voyage Goodie Bag for all and FREE smock for 1st ‘Small’ Sailor to book !

There will be a  ‘goodie bag’ for the first bunch of ‘Virgin Lugger’ sailors to book on this maiden voyage as a one off souvenir of this special event.  Classic Sailing will also have a FREE Seasalt Organic Canvas Grayhound Smock in Breton Red for the first sailor to book who thinks they can fit into a small (mens small Boatmans Smock and would proably fit most women sized 10-14). If you miss out, or you are a wee bit larger than that then you can purchase Grayhound Smocks on our on line shop. See Classic Sailing Shop – Clothing, Charts & Books

Quiz us about future voyages

Whilst a day sail is a good way of checking out Grayhound for a longer trip, this first weekend voyage would be even better as you get to really check out what it is like to sleep on board.  Marcus and Freya have a young son Malachi, and have put a huge amount of thought into how they can make their ship suitable for both families and individuals at the same time, whilst giving everybody a great holiday.  The accomodation is split into three areas, divided by bulkheads (walls).  The skippers family have their own area of the boat.  Each of the two guest cabin areas are spacious and totally seperate and can sleep 4 individuals, or a family with a double bunk and 2-3 single beds for children.  If you have any doubt that this is a ship also for  ‘grown ups’ then check out the beautiful woodwork and ‘tortured oak’ dining table. The twisted grain of the wood looks like a treasure map and the natural holes have been exploited as wine bottle holders.   Its a work of art.

If you have’t sailed with Adam and Debbie from Classic Sailing HQ for a while, then we would also love to see you sail with us.

Stay on for the First Foray to France ?

The 2nd voyage of the year and first Foray to France now becomes a shorter 7 day adventure at a very affordable £499. after trying to visit as many French ports as we can fit in, the finale of this voyage is to be star of the show at one of Brittany’s best kept secrets – the Binic Fish Festival.

See also our photographic competition for Classic Sailing Voucher Prizes worth £50 and £100 on the French voyage.

The eagle eyed sailors will spot that they could now do both these voyages at a price of £798 instead of £1300 for the original 10 day voyage.

Long Weekend on the Cornish Border – Where will we go ?

The voyage starts and finshes at Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula.  This seafaring village on the Cornish side of Plymouth harbour has been a ships anchorage for centuries.  It is also the home port of Grayhound and where the original 1778 Revenue ship Grayhound was built.  Very like our Eve of St Mawes voyages, the adventure starts when you row out to your ship. Grayhound will be at anchor in the bay.  From this advantageous location Grayhound can go West towards Looe and Fowey or East for Salcombe and Dartmouth…and plenty of anchorages in between.