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February 2019

Devon Sailing Experiences – Newsletter

By Core Info

The Devon Sailing Experiences team is looking forward to welcoming you aboard for an opportunity to explore the stunning southwest coast in 2019. If you haven’t already booked your adventure for this season, check out our sailing schedule for the latest opportunities or call/email us to check availability for your bareboat charter. As always, we will do our very best to offer you the flexibility you need for a wonderful time out on the water.

In the meantime, here is a reminder about what we have to offer.

Did you receive a sailing gift voucher for Christmas?

If you were lucky enough to receive one of our sailing gift vouchers for Christmas, we hope you were pleased with it.

Dates for our 2019 day sails and weekend sails are now listed on our sailing schedule page. You can now book your sailing experience direct from our website. More dates will be added throughout the season, but as always, if you can’t see a suitable date just get in touch and we will do our very best to help you.

Sailing experiences must be booked within 12 months from the date of purchase. Please bear in mind that as we approach the end of the season (September/October) fewer dates will be available due to weather and sailing conditions.

New Season – New Destinations

If you have previously enjoyed sailing to the popular destinations of Salcombe and Fowey, you may be interested in a longer passage from Plymouth to the Helford River.

The Helford River is a beautiful estuary situated between Falmouth and the Lizard Peninsula  Upon mooring on the Helford River, you are rewarded with a selection of high-quality local pubs including the 300-year-old family run Ferryboat Inn and perfectly positioned Shipwrights Arms.  With easy access to stunning walks along the southwest coast path, you may choose to stay here for a couple of nights to take in the scenery.

As always, your final sailing destination depends on sailing conditions and wind direction, Although your skipper will do his or her best to get you to your preferred destination, their decision based on safety and comfort of your yacht and crew is final.

Meet our new skipper – Emmanuelle Farrington

We are pleased to announce that Emmanuelle Farrington (Em) is joining our team for 2019. Some of you may have already met her. Originally from Vermont in the USA, Em is currently undertaking BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography at Plymouth University and will skipper for Devon Sailing Experiences whilst she continues her studies. With her RYA Yachtmaster Commercial Endorsement and wide-ranging skippering experience, she is a valuable addition to our growing team.

West-country Regattas 2019

3rd – 10th August – Salcombe Town Regatta
10th – 17th August – Falmouth Sailing Week
18th – 24th August – Fowey Regatta and Carnival
23rd – 31st August – Torbay Royal Regatta
29th – 31st August – Dartmouth Royal Regatta

RYA Sailing Courses

We currently have 2 places available on RYA Competent Crew and/or RYA Day Skipper (practical) running Monday 24th – Friday 28th June 2019.

RYA courses are scheduled on demand. You are very welcome to request a date to be added to our schedule, but please bear in mind that we are only able to run a course with a minimum of 3 students. All course dates are subject to yacht and instructor availability. Contact us for more information.

Bareboat Charter

We are currently taking a number of enquiries and bookings for 2019 so if you are thinking about bareboat chartering with us, do get in touch now to check availability. A 20% deposit will secure a date for you. Please note that we cannot hold a date without receiving a deposit. 

Price Changes for 2019

Devon Sailing Experiences has not raised its prices on products since 2014.
We are pleased to announce that there will be no price changes to our Day Sailing Experiences  However, to enable us to keep the price competitive, we are unable to run this experience unless more than 3 guests are booked aboard. Lunch will no longer be provided. If you purchased your experience/voucher before 5th November 2018, your booking confirmation or voucher letter will state that lunch is included. We will honour this commitment and confirm this with your final booking arrangements. Tea, coffee and cold drinks will still be available throughout the day.

There is no change to the price of our Weekend Sailing Experiences  Breakfast and a light lunch will continue to be provided. However, to keep the price competitive, we can only run this experience with 3 or more guests booked to sail.

Up to date information about prices for Exclusive Day Sails (single day booking),Exclusive Day Sails (multi-day booking)5-day Group Sails and 7-day Group Sails can be found by following the links to our website. Please take a look at our comprehensive list detailing what is included under the Additional Information tab on each product page. If in any doubt, just get in touch and ask.

Even though 2019 will be the first year we have needed to increase the prices of our bareboat charters  we are also increasing our returning customer discount from 5% to 10%. This is for bareboat charter only. The new prices are now reflected on our website.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Our sailing schedule is constantly evolving. Every time we add additional dates and sailing opportunities, we send notifications via our FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. Make sure you follow us to receive immediate updates including information about last-minute availability.

Don’t forget that we love to receive emails and messages about your sailing adventures with Devon Sailing Experiences. If you have any photos you have taken (or stories to tell) from your time aboard one of our yachts, we would like to share them on our social media pages and in our blog posts. We never mention names or dates in our posts, but your photos are great to use alongside our narrative. Please keep in touch and email anything you are happy for us to use.

We look forward to welcoming you to Devon in 2019.