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.

Location & sailing area....

Adventure Sails is based in Appledore, situated in the picturesque Torridge / Taw Estuary on the North Devon Coast. Our dramatic and rocky coastland is spectacularly counterbalanced by the gentle sandy Welsh Gower Peninsular directly opposite, with the unique windswept granite island of Lundy, with its maritime nature reserve, in between. All are areas of outstanding natural beauty.

The pretty little fishing village of Appledore, full of multicoloured old fishermen's cottages, hidden 'drangs' and courtyards, is steeped in maritime history and has been a port and shipbuilding centre for centuries. It was granted 'Free Port' status by Queen Elizabeth 1st in gratitude for the role it played in supplying ships and sailors to fight the Spanish Armada. Local ship building peaked during Victoria's reign and still survives today. DML Appledore is currently working on a £50 million contract to build sections of two new Royal Navy aircraft carriers, HM Queen Elizabeth and HM Prince of Wales.

Although most of its shipping is now limited to sand dredgers and fishing boats, just upriver is the busier port and little white market town of Bideford, home to the Lundy supply ship and visitor ferry, MS Oldenburg and the Kathleen and May, the only wooden triple-masted sailing schooner to still sail and trade in British waters.

Appledore Sails caters for a wide range of experience and tastes from estuary sailing, gentle waters to rough seas.

Return trips in Patron to Clovelly and Lundy can be easily undertaken within a day, depending on tide times, leaving time to explore these delightful places.

Weekend trips can be made to Ilfracombe, Watermouth Cove, Padstow, Tenby, Saundersfoot, Burry Port, Oxwich, The Mumbles or Swansea. Newquay, Milford Haven and Cardiff can all be reached within twelve hours.

A one week charter will enable you to explore the Bristol Channel ports and harbours, explore the Scillies, or even visit the SS Great Britain in Bristol by boat. Longer trips can include North Wales, Ireland or take you around Lands End to the South Coast.

Wherever you visit, hopefully you will experience the joys of maritime life and encounter the numerous seals and dolphins which frequent these waters and the basking sharks a little further down the coast, not to mention the numerous examples of bird life.

Depending on tide times, trips may sometimes start at another local picturesque fishing village, Clovelly; world famous for its uniqueness, being built into a cleft of a 400' high cliff. The cobbled, traffic-free, 'High Street' tumbles its way down past whitewashed cottages festooned with flowers to the tiny working port below where you will be met. 

All trips are individually planned depending on where you want to go and what you want to do, but taking weather and tides into consideration.


What guests say:

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)

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Appledore Sails, Rock House, 1 The Quay, Appledore, Devon, EX39 1QS | Tel: 01237 423163 Mob: 0780 2713435
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