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Wednesday, 07 June 2017

Matthew and Vicky Barraud of The Morvargh Sailing Project, with Mark Brimacombe, Manager of The Marina at Sutton Harbour, aboard the Helen Mary R.

Berth holders at The Marina at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth are being supported to build confidence when sailing on open water with the launch of a series of Cruise in Company voyages led by a locally-based tall ship.

The Marina has organised the Cruise in Company excursions in partnership with The Mórvargh Sailing Project to help its berth holders enjoy sailing out to ports on the Devon and Cornwall coast. Vessels berthed at the award-winning 5 Gold Anchor Marina in the heart of Plymouth will be able to join a flotilla of fellow berth holders as they sail their own boat to a prime South West destination.

The boats would stay overnight at the destination, with berth holders enjoying an evening get-together, and return to The Marina at Sutton Harbour the following day.

The Mórvargh Sailing Project is a well-established community interest company offering potentially life-changing sail training experiences for young people on board its tall ship, Helen Mary R, which is based in Sutton Harbour.

The Mórvargh team has just returned from circumnavigating the country with a crew of eight youngsters aged 14 to 19 on the ASPIRE360 challenge, which The Marina at Sutton Harbour helped to support.

Mark Brimacombe, Marina Manager, said: “We’ve teamed up with The Mórvargh Sailing Project to create the Cruise in Company voyages as a direct response to a lot of requests we receive from our berth holders for support when sailing out onto open water, as many new or inexperienced sailors naturally find this a little daunting to begin with.

“The Cruises in Company will provide a great chance for our berth holders here in Plymouth to make the most of the stunning Devon and Cornwall coast on their doorstep, with the added confidence of sailing in a flotilla with other vessels, led by an experienced team aboard Mórvargh’s Helen Mary R.  It should also be a lot of fun and a great social experience.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our berth holders as part of the exclusive package of services the Marina provides to those who choose to keep their boats in Sutton Harbour.”

Cruise in Company destinations for summer 2017 include:

  • Plymouth to Salcombe – Saturday 1stto Sunday 2nd July
  • Plymouth to Fowey – Saturday 19thto Sunday 20th August
  • Plymouth to Falmouth – Friday 22ndto Saturday 23rd September

The evening prior to each voyage, there will be a Passage Planning Workshop held aboard the Mórvargh vessel Helen Mary R berthed in The Marina at Sutton Harbour.

On the morning of each voyage, there will be an additional weather briefing prior to the flotilla departing Sutton Harbour.

Helen Mary R will act as a logistics hub throughout the cruises to provide VHF advice and support berth holders as they arrive in port.

Once all vessels have reached the destination, there will be an informal evening gathering when berth holders can socialise and get to know one another.

The following day, there will be a further weather briefing and Helen Mary R will provide the same support for the return leg to The Marina at Sutton Harbour.

Berth holders at The Marina at Sutton Harbour interested in taking part are asked to contact the marina team on 01752 204702 or email

Voyages are only open to boats berthed at The Marina at Sutton Harbour, and boat owners will be responsible for their own boats at all times during the trips.

The Marina at Sutton Harbour is recognised internationally as one of the top 100 marinas in the world, having continually earned the highest accreditation from industry experts in recognition of its first-class facilities and superior customer service and retaining its 5 Gold Anchor status year on year.

The marina is also unique in the South West offering the best protected berthing in the region, boasting a highly secure environment for boat owners with sheltered berths within Sutton Harbour protected by the harbour’s lock gates.


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