Appledore Sails offers three types of sailing:

Short trips around the picturesque Torridge Taw Estuary just for yourselves on an Appledore built two masted traditional lugger, 'Jez-y-belle'.

Privately charter 'Patron', a 31 foot skippered yacht, for short trips, for a day trip to Lundy or Clovelly, for a weekend or longer.

Hire a RYA qualified commercial offshore yacht master - to move your boat, for training, or to skipper your own charter holiday.


I really enjoyed sailing down to Bideford, and around the estuary in Jez-y-belle. A beautiful, traditional little boat, sailing in her was a reminder of times past, a really memorable experience.
(Estuary Trip)

We really enjoyed our trip over the bar in Patron - lovely boat, skipper and place - many thanks for the day and the memory, and looking forward to next time!

Clive and Margaret
(Half Day Trip)

An exciting and exhilarating experience - we look forward to coming again.
Chris and Jill
(Day trip to Clovelly)

Niki is a very good sailor in whom I have the utmost confidence. She respects both the sea and the weather. She sensibly never assumes the competence of her crew - she will always brief on safety aspects as well as the passage plan. Instructions are clear and well found. She also has a great sense of humour. There is never a dull moment on Patron.
(Long weekend trip to Padstow)

I enjoyed a trip with Niki, on Patron, to 'Obby ' Oss ' day in Padstow. Such fun, enough privacy, and comfortable too! The return trip, a ten hour sail with big winds and sea, was a good experience. We were well briefed, made to feel safe, and Niki was always calmly in control. I would sail at anytime with her.
(Trip to Padstow for May 1st)

We had a great trip sailing to Ireland and exploring its South Coast, it was a real adventure. Niki is the best skipper I have ever sailed with and I would have the confidence to sail anywhere in the world with her.
(two week trip to Ireland)

I have sailed quite a bit of the Bristol Channel now with Niki. We have explored the rugged but idyllic island of Lundy and popped into the picturesque harbour of Clovelly. We moored off the glorious long sandy beach of Oxwich on the Gower peninsular; had a bird's eye view in the harbour of Ilfracombe's water festival and had the day off to visit the SS Great Britain in Bristol. We have been to Cardiff, Swansea and many other places. We have been surrounded by pods of dolphins playing, with the mums teaching the babies how to ride the bow wave of the boat. We have had seals pop their heads out of the sea to say hello. For a non sailor it has been a really good learning experience, something I have never done before but will continue to do. Every trip gets even better as I learn more and my confidence builds. I have been out with Niki in all types of weather and sea conditions and have the upmost confidence in her sailing and boat handling abilities, as well as in her lovely boat, Patron.
(Various trips, Bristol Channel)


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