Sailing trips in the River Fal, Cornwall

Experience gift vouchers available

Relaxed sailing on sheltered waters from 2 hours to all day, exploring one of Cornwall's most beautiful rivers.

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About Drifter

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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.


Sailing trips from 2 hours to all day!


Sail with friends. 'Share the sail' tours. Family days out on the water. Activities on the river. Picnics at anchor.


Our two hour trip touring the beautiful River Fal, departing from Malpas near Truro...

... or a longer 4 hour trip which will often include sailing in the harbour or a stop at anchor.

A great experience for all generations.

From £20 per person. More about our 2 & 4 hour sailing trips

Our longer 7 hour sailing trips are a complete and fun day on the water and allows us to explore much of the local area. More about day sailing

Family days out. Evening trips. Special events. Private sailing. Picnics at anchor. Romantic sailing. More about private boat hire





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.

More about experience day vouchers


What our guests are saying!


"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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The crew of sailing barge Drifter

Meet the crew

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.


Where to find us


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.

Contact us

2 hour trips - ½ day / day sailing - private boat hire

Schedule a sailing trip by contacting us.

Important COVID-19 update

Email us about our sailing trips in Falmouth Your e-mail app: info@sailingbargedrifter.co.uk 

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Telephone number 07588 97135707588 971357

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