Sailing Trips
on the River Fal, Cornwall

Unique river experience from 2 hours to all day

Truro and Falmouth

Step aboard!


We offer sailing tours on sheltered waters and especially welcome those who have never sailed before. Join us onboard our beautiful sailing barge to quietly discover the Fal's nature and heritage.

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Passengers are describing our trips as 'Magical', 'Beautiful', 'Wonderful' and 'Amazing'.



Under Sail

The Fal stretches from the sea at Falmouth to the city of Truro 9 miles inland. It's natural harbour and enchanting reaches are surrounded by beautiful countryside and are steeped with maritime heritage. There is no better way to explore this beautiful area than from the water itself.

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Exclusive sailing trips from 2 hours to all day.

Sit back and relax, the crew take care of all the sailing.

River Fal sailing trips Excellent reviws on TripAdvisor

Exclusive sailing trips from 2 hours to all day.

2 Hour (Upper Reaches)

On our 2 hour trip we discover the nature and heritage along the quiet upper reaches of the River Fal. An ideal trip for just the two of you or a family with young children.

From £20 per person (based on 6 people).

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3 Hour (Downriver)

Our recently introduced 3 hour trip for those who want a little more time under sail and perhaps a chance to explore some smaller creeks.

£180 includes up to 6 people.

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4 Hour (Into The Harbour)

We extend our tour into the upper harbour area known as the Carrick Roads. These sheltered waters are surrounded by beautuful countryside and ancient villages.

This longer trip also allows the opportunity to stop at anchor in one of the pretty bays in the area, perhaps for a picnic lunch!

£240 includes up to 6 people.

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7 Hour (Day Trip)

Experience the Fal estuary in the very best way possible, from the water.

£420 includes up to 6 peoples.

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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.

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What our guests are saying about our boat trips!

"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

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About Neil & Debbie

The crew of sailing barge Drifter

Neil and Debbie will always go out of their way to ensure every aspect of your time onboard is as good as it can be.

Over the last 20 years they have worked as professional crew on an envious variety of boats from historic to ultra modern. During that time they have sailed in the most beautiful locations including in Europe, the Caribbean and the USA.

When the time came to buy their own boat, they chose a sailing barge because their passion is traditional vessels, and the design is well known for comfortable and social sailing. They also wanted a versatile boat that was capable of sailing on inland waterways as well as being able to undertake more adventurous coastal voyages.

Neil is a qualified 'Yachtmaster Ocean' with over 50,000 sea miles. Back in 2000 he took a sabbatical, which resulted in swapping a career in IT for a life on the water. Debbie also holds a skippers license and has a wealth of experience in care and hospitality.

They met while working together onboard a historic (100 years old at the time) Thames sailing barge, and later got married in the middle of winter because they were too busy sailing in the summer!

They have made the River Fal their home. Their enthusiasm for sailing in this unique and beautiful area, and for sharing their experience and knowledge with others is obvious to all who meet them.

Where to find us

We start and finish our sailing trips at Malpas near Truro.

Satnav postcode is TR1 1SW. There is free parking alongside the road either side of The Heron Inn.

Please allow plenty of time for parking as it is sometimes quite busy.

Contact us

Private hire sailing trips from 2 hours to all day

Trips are scheduled by contacting us with your desired date


or your Email us about our sailing trips in Falmouth app: 

Telephone number 07588 97135707588 971357


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