All aboard the historic ‘Irene’ at Clovelly

Experience life at sea and the exhilarating pleasure of sailing aboard the historic vessel, Irene, along the stunning coastline of Clovelly or to Lundy Island this September.  Enjoy lending the crew a hand by hoisting sails, trimming jibs and steering the ship.

No experience necessary – just come along for the fun!

‘Irene’ was launched in 1907 in Bridgwater, Somerset and is a "West Country trading ketch", designed to be beached along river banks so loads could be easily transferred to horse-drawn carts.    By 1960 she was retired and resold several times before being abandoned and forgotten.  Today, painstakingly restored, the ship is once again gracing the waters of the West Country.

Below decks ‘Irene’ is fitted with cosy and comfortable en-suite cabins each with double and single bunks for those who wish to visit Lundy Island and stay aboard overnight.   Enjoy delicious food with locally sourced ingredients  either on deck or in the spacious oak panelled saloon.

Single day trips

Join the crew and experience sailing a traditional West Country trading ketch or just relax and enjoy the trip along the beautiful coastline with a lovely lunch.

3 day trips

Sail from Clovelly to Lundy and explore the island, full of wildlife and wonderful scenery.  Then dine and sleep aboard ‘Irene’.

Irene carries four crew (including a chef) and has four ensuite cabins for these longer trips.  All food/accommodation is included in the prices and entry to Clovelly.


Day Sail:     £75 per person

3 Day Sail:  £350 per person

Irene can take up to 8 people on a 3 day sail and 10 on a day sail.


All voyages are subject to weather conditions and must be booked in advance.  Deposits are required (only refundable in case of bad weather).   Please note that travel insurance is necessary for overnight voyages.

For information and to book your place/s please contact the Managing Agent, Stuart Grimwood.  Mob: 07967 191417.  Landline:  02380 970280.  Email:  [email protected].


All aboard the historic ‘Irene’ at Clovelly