Drifter is a traditional sailing barge much admired for their beautiful shape, spacious decks, comfortable sailing and characteristic leeboards.
We harness the power of the wind as much as possible, making every trip on the River Fal a unique experience. Our passengers are describing our sailing tours as 'Magical', 'Beautiful', 'Wonderful', 'Amazing', and 'Perfect'.
All sailing is performed by an experienced crew and we welcome individuals, couples, families etc.
Sail with friends. 'Share the sail' tours. Family days out on the water. Activities on the river. Picnics at anchor.
Sailing experience gift vouchers available.
Our tours are a great experience to gift. We produce beautifully presented vouchers for you to give to friends and family.
"My wife organised a surprise afternoon trip on Drifter. We all had a fantastic experience aboard this traditional Dutch sailing barge. I can highly recommend a trip out with Neil and Deb, extremely good value for money, stunning views of the river at a sedate pace. Ideal for those new to sailing, or if you just want to have a relaxed trip down the river. Huge thanks to them both." Stevon, Plymouth
"We can highly recommend Sailing barge Drifter. It was an amazing experience and the barge is a dream boat. The feeling of sheer tranquility was overwhelming and it must be one of the most relaxing few hours spent in a long time for us. Forget Spas and massage and go enjoy messing about on the river. Neil and Debbie gave us a trip to remember and we can’t wait to do it again." Lesley and Alistair
Such a unique and tranquil experience
Perfect day out on the river
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Meet the crew of Sailing Barge Drifter. For the last 20 years, Neil & Debbie have had an amazing life on the water and despite sailing in some exotic places, Falmouth is their favourite sailing ground.
Both of them are very experienced sailors and entertaining hosts. They aim to offer the finest sailing tours in the River Fal. Their friendly nature and passion for ensuring their guests have a great time out on the water is core to what they do.
It is not just their sailing skills which are excellent. Debbie has worked in the hospitality industry almost her entire life, and also as a nanny and carer. Neil has built his own house, restored a classic car and once worked for a major bank. Together they are a confident and welcoming crew.
We start and finish our sailing trips at Malpas near Truro. We can also consider other pickup locations.
Satnav postcode is TR1 1SQ. There is free parking alongside the road either side of The Heron Inn.
2 hour trips - ½ day / day sailing - private boat hire
Schedule a sailing trip by contacting us.