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Sailing experiences and river trips from £30 per person

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Sail with us on the upper reaches of the Fal, Cornwall's largest and most beautiful estuary.

We start our trips at Malpas, strategically located moments away from the most enchanting and unspoiled part of the river. Two hours or longer on these sheltered waters observing nature and wildlife, learning of its surprisingly important past, and experiencing being under quiet sail is for many a highlight of their visit to the southwest.

We sail everyday in season, with start times that take best advantage of tides. All trips start and finish at Malpas near Truro.

We offer family friendly trips of
2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours and all day.

Drifter's cockpit is spacious and comfortable, perfect for social and relaxed sailing!

spacious boat cockpit


We will be offering trips from SPRING until the end of SEPTEMBER.

You might also like to consider gifting one of our sailing experiences.

We recommend booking well in advance.

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We want you to have the best experience possible on the water so our trips are dependent on good weather. We typically sail on dry days in wind strength up to Beaufort force 4 (Moderate breeze). We sail in sheltered waters so no waves, no worries. Weather forecast

2 hour 'Upper Reaches' trip

Sailing barge Drifter in the River Fal

Explore the sheltered waters of the River Fal in a very special way onboard our classic sailing barge. Within moments of boarding at Malpas near Truro, you will be cruising along the upper reaches of this enchanting river.

Amongst the wild and densely wooded banks are discrete signs of life on the river both past and present with Heron's and Cormorant's typically seen along the waters edge.

We always aim to get under gentle sail during our trips where nothing but the sounds of the water and watching the sails gently move us along will enchant you.

During this trip we typically pass the commanding Tregothnan estate, the strategic WW2 location at Tolverne and the ancient King Harry passage before returning upriver.

After departing from Malpas we promptly hoist our sails to quietly travel downiver as far as possible before gently motoring back. Our trips do depend on the wind and tide on the day so we may also choose to motor downriver before sailing back.

The experienced and knowledgable owners Neil & Debbie take care of all the sailing.

A family outing, a celebration cruise or a very special trip for 2


Your own special river tour/sailing experience.

All of our exclusive trips can include bespoke activities.

£120 includes 4 people or less (from £30 per person)
£150 includes up to 6 people

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Tailored trips of 2 hours and longer for 2 - 6 people, these trips are perfect for couples, family or friends days out on the water. Well behaved dogs are also welcome. Why not consider bringing along your own bubbles or perhaps a picnic to enjoy at anchor.

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3 hour 'Downriver' trip

Sailing in the King Harry Reach

Often passengers on our 2 hour trip said that their time on the water passed too quickly and wanted to explore just a little more so we introduced our 3 hour trip.

The extra hour allows us to sail a little longer and reach a little further downriver from Malpas.

Where we sail and the distance we can cover is dependent on the wind and tide and is what makes every one of our sailing trips different and special.

Our trips are family friendly and are suitable for all generations


£180 includes 4 people or less (from £45 per person)
£225 includes up to 6 people

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4 hour 'Into The Harbour' trip

Sailing in Carrick Roads

This popular trip includes cruising down the river to the Trelissick estate passing Tregothnan, Tolverne and the King Harry chain ferry on the way.

We then continue into the upper harbour waters known as the Carrick Roads which are surrounded by beautiful countryside and villages and include locations such as Mylor, Restronguet, St Just and St Mawes.

We then return up river to Malpas.

Experience a special connection with the natural beauty and the ever changing winds and tides of the Fal as we sail quietly along its reaches and into one of the worlds best natural harbours.

The crew are happy to share their knowledge of its history and industry.

These trips often include time for a stop at anchor in one of the many pretty bays in the area. Activities can include an onboard picnic (please bring along) and perhaps a fun swim.

We would recommend this trip for family and friends days out on the water, or for special occasions and celebrations.

Dogs are also welcome on all of our exclusive hire trips.


£240 includes 4 people or less (from £60 per person)
£300 includes up to 6 people

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Day sailing trips

Sailing barge Drifter in the River Fal

These 7 hour trips give you the opportunity to fully absorb the beauty and spirit of the area, including its nature and heritage.

During a day sail we can explore most of the Falmouth area which can include the River Fal, St Mawes, St Just, Mylor & Falmouth. The day can include anchoring for a picnic lunch and/or swimming/activities.

Our day sails are fantastic days out on the water and we can consider any bespoke itinerary and schedule.

Drifters seating and helm area is spacious, comfortable and a great place to socialise. The experienced crew take care of all the sailing.

You are welcome to bring along your own picnic hamper and drinks to enjoy. We also carry a BBQ on board.

Please enquire about water and shore activities we can include during these day trips.

£450 includes up to 6 people (from £75 per person)

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Sailing experience gift vouchers

Sailing barge Drifter experience voucher

A sailing experience is a fantastic affordable gift.

You can gift a sailing experience of 2 hours or longer which can be redeemed at any time throughout the sailing season (Spring, Summer and Autumn).

The voucher is presented on card in beautiful full colour, and is 6 x 8 inch. We are happy to include any personal message making the voucher even more special.

More details about our vouchershere.

If you have received a sailing experience voucher, please get in touch about our sailing schedule.

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Under sail... or power

The crew of sailing barge Drifter

Our tours of the River Fal include time under quiet sail. You can also choose to tour the river under gentle power.

During a sailing trip we sail as much as we can, raising at least one of our sails and turn off the engine.

The relaxing sound of the rippling water, watching the local wildlife and looking at the sail gently move us along will entrance you.

Drifter by name, Drifter by nature... we keep things as relaxed as possible.

Our barge is very stable, and has a comfortable and social seating area.

Where we sail to, and how much time is spent under sail is dependent on the wind and tides on the day. This makes every one of our trips unique.

We typically use our engine at the very beginning of our trip whilst we raise our sails and then later to return upriver to Malpas. Sometimes due to the wind direction we gently motor downriver before sailing back to Malpas.

If you prefer to tour the river under power, we use our engine to gently move us along it's beautiful reaches.

Trips into the upper reaches of the river and into smaller creeks are also usually performed under power but occasionally possible under sail.

The picture shows us sailing along in the rarely visited Ruan creek, which heads inland to the source of the River Fal.

We offer 2 hour, 4 hour and all day trips and tours.