Sailing & Watersports in St Mawes

St Mawes and The Roseland Peninsula is justly famed for the quality of its sailing waters, and attracts the boating fraternity from far and wide being placed on the edge of the impressive Fal estuary. Carrick Roads is the stretch of water separating the port of Falmouth and the Roseland Peninsula and extends up the river Fal to Penryn and past the King Harry Ferry to Truro. This area offers what we think are some of the finest sailing waters in the UK, and is an excellent base for all levels of sailors.

Yachtsmen are well catered for with two boatyards which, along with the St Mawes Harbourmaster, are able to rent out moorings to visitors. There are numerous boatyard facilities available including Percuil Boatyard, Polvarth Boatyard, Pascoe’s Boatyard and Freshwater Boatyard. The Percuil boatyard with its sheltered moorings at the head of the Percuil river is always ready to assist with maintenance and repairs as well as having a good number of moorings available on a short term basis.

In Portscatho, small boats and dinghies may be launched from the harbour but please contact the Harbour Master on 01872 580243 first. The Harbour Master is also able to arrange mooring facilities if you plan on bringing your own dinghy or towing boat with you on holiday.

The very active St Mawes Sailing Club welcomes all sailors to its well positioned clubhouse in the centre of the village, where it has magnificent views of the harbour, a well stocked bar and shower facilities for members and visiting sailors. The club runs a very popular Junior Sail Training scheme, but it is recommended that you book early to be certain of a place.

Small boats and dinghies may be hired via Gawain Bysouth and Bob Warren (Roseland Paddle and Sail), both of whom are able to offer sailing lessons.

The coastline around Falmouth Bay is perfect for exploring by kayak, little beaches and caves that can only be accessed from the sea, Maenporth and Swanpool beaches for the all important ice cream stop, and for experienced kayakers, the Helford is a great place to aim for. Kayak hire is available from the harbour from Sit-on Kayaks.

St Mawes Mini Cruises and Water Taxi hire for trips around Falmouth bay and up river as far as Truro. Or, if you fancy a different type of water experience why not try “real fishing trips’ with Gareth Austin who fishes out of St Mawes or a day’s coastal safari with Orca Sea Safaris - an opportunity to spot dolphins, seals and, when the weather is warm and calm, the Falmouth Bay area is renowned for the majestic basking shark.

Throughout the summer season, there are various regattas and sailing events to get involved with including St Mawes, Portscatho and Percuil Regattas as well as Falmouth Regatta week.  In our experience many families like to plan their holiday around these fun events (serious for the sailors of course!) which can be enjoyed by the whole family, both on and off the water.