Sail With Us

A good starting point is to become a member of the Trust, which means you receive regular emails about sailing dates, locations and times. We can also take non-members sailing as guests, so if you’d like to come and experience what it’s all about, then a day sail on Barnabas, Softwing or Silver Stream would be ideal.

We always welcome new crew, and it really doesn’t matter how experienced you are – after all, we exist to help people experience sailing working boats.

The best way of coming for a sail is to contact the relevant skipper (see below) and ask. Email often works well in the first instance.

Any member can suggest a day sail, passage or cruise. Many of our sails are also posted on our Facebook group. Barnabas and Silver Stream sail from  Newlyn, while Softwing and Ellen sail from Falmouth.

The Trust collects donations for each day sailed on our boats. The suggested donation for members and guests is £10 – £25 depending on the type of sail, or whatever you choose to donate.

In this way we offer the opportunity to sail regardless of financial means.

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The Trust has four boats

Sail on Barnabas

Barnabas is the boat that explores furthest: in recent times she has been round the UK, but regulary sails to Scilly, France and to all sorts of places on the Cornish coast.

Contact Rob McDowell to ask about sailing on Barnabas.

Sail on Softwing

Softwing, a gaff-rigged oyster dredger, is based in Falmouth, although it is not uncommon to see her in the Helford Estuary or at other local beauty spots.

Contact Ian Woodford to ask about sailing on Soft Wing.

Sail on Ellen

Members of the Trust sail 17 foot Ellen from Falmouth on a regular basis in the summer. She’s the last orginal engineless Gorran Haven crabber.

Contact the skipper in the first instance.

Sail on Silver Stream

Silver Stream is a mini dipping lugger, the perfect educational vessel to gain experience, confidence and leadership. She sails from Newlyn Harbour on a regular basis in the summer.

Contact the skipper in the first instance.

Joining The Trust

We use and to help us manage our membership: please use the link below to join the Trust using a secure form.

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Once you’ve submitted your online application form and it has been confirmed by the Trust’s board, you will receive a welcome email and a request to set up a Direct Debit mandate so we can collect your initial membership fee. This mandate will then be used to collect membership renewals as they become due in the future.

If you are a UK tax payer and wish the Trust to take advantage of HMRC Gift Aid, please ensure that you include this declaration in your application.

If you wish to change your membership category in the future for any reason please contact the Membership Secretary, who will make the necessary adjustments to your account.

Join The Trust

By becoming a member of the Cornish Maritime Trust, you will be helping to preserve Cornwall’s extraordinary maritime heritage. Joining the Trust will also give you many benefits: the opportunity to sail on our boats, the chance to develop skills of sailing and maintenance, the chance to contribute your own skills, and membership of a diverse community of people.

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