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Cornish Wildlife Voyage

31 May — 3 June 2011

Sail and wildlife spot on Eve a beautiful wooden pilot cutter, it’s a good time of year for basking sharks and dolphins

The remoteness of the Cornish coast this far west bring their own special rewards: Starry nights with no street lights; ocean sunsets, isolated lighthouses and tiny fishing harbours; cliffs sculptured by pounding winter gales; almost tropical white sands with sparkling mica sticking to your toes; woodlands stunted by the wind but with trees adorned with lichen (a sure sign of unpolluted air) and lush ferns and springs along the many coastal footpaths.

The Gulf Stream provides unexpected sightings of turtles, sunfish and more regular visits by dolphins (common, bottlenose and risso’s dolphin), porpoises, whales and giant basking sharks. The wind often brings in wheeling gannets, tiny storm petrels, guillemots, razorbills and even puffins.

The Fal and Helford Estuaries are designated as Special Areas of Marine Interest. Breeding seals hide in sea caves and deep zawns. The drowned river valleys (called rias) have dense oak woodlands with branches sweeping down to deep green waters. At low tide the mudflats are home to egrets, curlews, oystercatchers and leggy herons—all the birds that go screech. At night you hear owls hooting in the moonlight, and a few guests have seen elusive otters in the early morning mists.

We record all wildlife sightings in the ships log and occasionally run specialist wildlife voyages or marine conservation breaks on Eve., but you only need to keep your eyes peeled on any voyage to see the best wildlife moments. Our Skippers have learned much from wildlife experts we have invited on board. Both Debbie and Adam are acredited (Wise) wildlife safe operators and we encourage all new skippers to develop their wildlife expertise.

Sail Eve in the local estuaries and further out to sea. Beginners to sailing and solo travellers welcome. Price includes all food, accommodation and safety gear.

Venue: St Mawes Harbour Falmouth Bay Helford
Date: 4pm 3pm Tuesday 31st May to 10am Friday 3rd June 2011
Time: 3pm
Entry Price: £395 including food and accommodation for 3 days
Tickets Available @: Classic Sailing
Booking: Essential
Contact Number: 01872 580022
Email Address: skippers@classic-sailing.co.uk
Website: www.classic-sailing.co.uk/voyages/cornwall/3-day-sailing-wildlife-cornwall