Venture Sail Holidays

VentureSail Holidays offers sailing holidays on board classic ships including historic tall ships and more modern day research yachts.

Cruise the Cornish coast in style on board our tall ship Johanna Lucretia, take the helm, haul the sails or lie back and soak up the views.

VentureSail holidays specialises in offering classic sailing holidays on board magnificent tall ships, in bucket-list destinations. From 3 day long weekends around the Cornish coast, to polar expeditions and Caribbean cruises, our fleet of diverse, beautiful ships offer something for everyone.

Whether you’re a seasoned sea dog or a nautical newby, on board you have the choice of doing as much or as little as you like. The crews will show you the ropes if you’re unsure, or if you want to brush up your hauling skills then simply let the skipper know and you’ll be able to get really hands-on. Either way – it’s up to you.

This summer, climb on board the two masted topsail schooner, Johanna Lucretia as she cruises around the Cornish coast. Johanna, built in Belgium in 1945 is now owned and skippered by Rodger Barton, who, with the help of his crew will take you to some of Cornwall’s most secluded coves, iconic locations and traditional fishing villages in comfort and style. Enjoy cream teas on deck, gentle coastal sailing, and a view of Cornwall from a different perspective – visiting coves that aren’t reachable by foot means that even in the height of summer, Johanna is able to escape the crowds.

Expect comfortable accommodation, with two double cabins, one twin cabin and one four-person cabin. There are three bathrooms on board, along with a comfortable saloon where you’ll be able to enjoy hearty, home-cooked meals made with locally sourced ingredients – and with all dietary requirements catered for.

In August, Johanna Lucretia will also be setting sail for the stunning Isles of Scilly. From shipwrecks to treasure, burial chambers to deserted villages, the history of Scilly is utterly compelling – especially as it mingles so tantalisingly with modern-day life on the islands. Scilly’s tiny land mass is home to 239 scheduled monuments, which means there is a greater density of historical sites here than anywhere else in the British Isles.

Take the opportunity to hop from island to island, experiencing many natural wonders – puffins, seals, dolphins and a multitude of rare, and migrating birds to name but a few, or simply relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures; from beach combing, barbecuing on deserted shores, swimming with seals, to watching the sunset and gazing at the stars. With their turquoise waters and pale, fine sand, Scilly’s beaches are simply stunning – beautiful enough to rival any in the world.

Scilly also boosts a plethora of dramatic, rugged coastlines – steep rock faces and deep inlets caused by the continuous pounding of huge rollers coming in from the Atlantic Ocean and the site of many a great storm during the winter months. There are plentiful rocky coastal walks across landscapes often cloaked in heather and flowering gorse or with castle ruins atop a promontory. All enjoy sensational views. The aptly named Hell Bay at the northern end of Bryher springs to mind as an excellent vantage point, as does Peninnis Head on St. Mary’s.

Whether on Scilly or around the mainland, a voyage on board the Johanna Lucretia allows you guests experience this beautiful part of the world from a new perspective.

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