This is a splendid, classic journey along the beautiful coastlines of Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall with visits to some of the most delightful south coast harbours. Join us in Southampton on Midsummer’s evening and prepare the yacht and ourselves for an idyllic voyage towards the setting sun. Glide through the Solent past Cowes and Yarmouth, speed through the Needles Channel and then enjoy the lyrical Dorset scenery as we head for our first port of call in the lively resort of Weymouth – where we’ll tie up alongside right in the town centre. Next day its away very early to round Portland Bill and dash across Lyme Bay to the old port of Brixham. Enjoy the relaxed ambience of this traditional home of sail, and then head along the pretty Devon coast to beautiful and cosmopolitan Dartmouth. Our next passage will take us to lovely Salcombe – a jewel hidden between its green cliffs and hills in the heart of the Devon Riviera and a sailing paradise. After some relaxation ashore its away again westwards past the famous Eddystone Light to our landfall at Fowey – a delightful and perfect example of a Cornish fishing village and working harbour. The next stage of this idyllic journey takes us to the dream-like beauty of the Helford River – scene of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘Frenchman’s Creek’ – where we can anchor in perfect peace and explore the area by dinghy. Next morning we weigh anchor for the final passage – a thrilling sail right around the Lizard Point and past Mullion Cove and St Michael’s Mount to a warm welcome at Penzance.
Travel: Southampton: National Rail. Airport. National Express buses. Car parking at Shamrock Quay Marina. Penzance: Mainline trains (First Great Western) from London Paddington and connections from Plymouth and Exeter to the rest of the UK. N ational Express coaches from London and many other cities. Nearest airport is Newquay.