Leader's Saloon

About our holidays

Our sailing holidays

Our sailing holidays are a mixture of hands-on activity afloat, exploration ashore and pure relaxation. We aim to arrive at a new harbour or anchorage each evening after the day’s sailing. Whichever direction we head in there are many interesting places to visit. On all cruises our highly-trained, friendly and professional crew are on hand to ensure maximum enjoyment and comfort.

On many cruises fixed itineraries are avoided, allowing us the maximum freedom to go with the weather, not fight it, and yield to the mood of the moment ‚ whether to press on to a new destination that lies over the horizon, visit the bustling market at the latest port of call or just ramble ashore, swim and have a lunchtime barbecue on a quiet beach before getting under way for the day. Wherever we go there are many interesting places to visit. We favour the quieter, secluded and picturesque anchorages and harbours.

We set sail with mixed parties on board: single people, couples, friends or families, who book by the berth. However, it is also possible for families or groups to charter an entire vessel (for more info see our Group charter page) so talk to us if you would like to plan your own group holiday.

On board all of our boats there are no mechanical aids, and teamwork is the order of the day. Technique is more important than strength, so everyone can join in under the expert guidance of the crew. No previous experience is required. Alternatively, you can just tuck yourself up in a corner with a good book – how much or how little you choose to do on your holiday is entirely up to you.

Our fleet consists of gaff-rigged boats built between 1892 and 1924. They are the former Brixham sailing trawlers ‘Leader’ and ‘Provident’ and the gaff cutter ‘Golden Vanity’.

Enjoy your sailing holidays on board

Provident and Leader, gaff-rigged former sailing trawlers, each carry up to twelve guests, plus professional crew. Golden Vanity, a gaff cutter, can accommodate six guests. All meals are provided, and there is a well stocked bar on board if you would like to purchase wine, beer and soft drinks, although you are also welcome to bring your own.

Leader and Provident each have full-time cooks, who prepare delicious dishes to the highest standards using the best of ingredients, obtained from local suppliers or markets en route. Dinner in particular is time to relax after the activities of the day, and enjoy the company of friends old and new. The ‘home’ cruising area for the majority of holiday cruises includes the south coasts of Devon and Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Brittany, Normandy and the Isle of Wight.

We also offer cruises on the West Coast of Scotland and also venture to other destinations in Scandinavia and the Biscay coast of France. This year we are taking part in the 2015 Tall Ships Races, an opportunity for adventurous sailing to other parts of Europe in the company of vessels from many other countries, and we are visiting the best of maritime festivals and regattas. Whatever you are looking for, there should be something in our 2016 programme to interest you.

Safety is an important consideration, and all of our boats are maintained to standards higher than those required under the strict safety code of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.