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Updates & Events


Joel Yates

Kaskelot has made her way back to her home port of Bristol Harbour.

After a whirlwind season of festivals and charters that involved visits to various harbours in three different countries, dozens of corporate parties and 100's of visitors, the ship is back in for some much needed general maintenance and TLC. 

The decks and cargo hold will periodically be open to the public. Those wishing to come aboard, and have a closer look at this fine example of a traditionally rigged barque, should check our Facebook feed or Twitter page for up to date opening days and times.

You can find us moored next to the Lloyds Amphitheatre, next to Millennium Square.



Joel Yates

It's that time again, time for one of the largest maritime festivals of this year, Brest's International Maritime Festival! Every four years ships of all shapes and sizes, from all over the world, head for the French port for a week of exciting festivities. 

Kaskelot will be kept busy with day sailing and evening functions. Each day she will head out into the waters around the port and sail alongside hundreds of other craft. Then in the evening she'll host guests on board for catered events and fire work viewing. 

July 19th is the parade from Brest to Douarneneze. An exciting event that sees hundreds of ships all sailing together towards the same destination.

The festivities will finish off in Douarnenez with more day sailing, public and corporate functions, fireworks and excitement!


Joel Yates

The weekend of July 9th and 10th will see Kaskelot back on the south coast of Cornwall for her second round of day sailings. Moored on a buoy in the Fowey River, passengers can join the ship and her crew for a three hour trip along the rugged Cornish coastline. Enjoy the sights while the ship sets sail or jump in with the crew and haul on a line, it's up to you!
With two sailings a day there is plenty of opportunity to take part in this unique experience.

Sailing times are 10am -1pm and 3pm-6pm

Tickets are avalible through the Cornish Riviera Box office at or by calling 01726 879500

Adults are £48 per person; Children (14 and under) are £32. A family ticket for two adults and two children is avalible for £128

Please Note-

All sailings are at the Masters discretion. Weather may cause a booking to be cancelled and in this case an alternative time slot will be offered or your ticket will be refunded in full.




Joel Yates

Kaskelot is happy to announce that she will be day sailing this summer from two different Cornish ports.

Our first block of day sails will run from Falmouth June 17 to the 20th. Passengers will embark from Customs House Quay and join the ship for a three hour sail up and down the coast. Guests are welcome to join the crew in the setting of the sails and hauling of the lines, or they are more than welcome to sit back and just enjoy the experience. Ship sails twice daily, 10am-1pm and 2:30pm-5:30pm.

The second block of day sails will be from the small port of Fowey, just along the coast from Kaskelot's previous home port of Charlestown, on July 9th and 10th. Passengers will pick up the ferry at Town Quay and join the ship for what will hopefully be some beautiful sailing conditions. Ship sails twice daily, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm.

Tickets are £48 per adult and £32 per child (14 years and under)                                                   A family ticket of £128 is available for families of four

Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 01726 879500

We suggest that guests bring appropriate clothing such as waterproof jackets and practical footwear. 

Please be advised that all sailings are weather dependent. If a sailing is cancelled an alternative date will be offered or your ticket will be refunded in full. 

Time to Sail!

Joel Yates

The end of May will see Kaskelot depart Bristol Harbour to kick off her 2016 sailing season. 

The first event of the year will be the Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival. The ship will be there to take part in the festivities and the help celebrate the cities unique maritime heritage. The event stretches over three days beginning on the 28th of May. Festival goers will be able to enjoy stepping aboard the visiting ships, Titanic based activities, live music, arts and crafts, street theater and displays.

From there the ship will head to Liverpool for the International Mersey River Festival. A great festival that Kaskelot now has the honour of participating in for the second year in a row. The excitement starts June 3rd and runs until the 5th.

For more information on the ships activities during these times, please keep an eye on our social media sites. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.


Joel Yates

The bank holiday weekend will bring another opportunity to visit and explore Bristol's resident square rigger. Take this chance to come along and visit the ship before she leaves for her summer sailing season later on in the month. 

Kaskelot has been spending the Spring months in her home port of Bristol where the crew have taken the chance to do some much needed maintenance work. Soon the remaining sails and miles of associated running rigging will be put back up in preparation for her departure.

Keep an eye on the ships social media sites for up to date opening times and entry fees. You can find us on Facebook at S/V Kaskelot and on Twitter @SVKaskelot.



Joel Yates

The gangway will be open for visitors  wishing to step aboard Kaskelot in Bristol this Easter! The magnificent square rigged sailing vessel will be back in her home port during March, April and May. Do not miss the unique opportunity to explore above and below the decks of this wonderful wooden sailing vessel. 

Built in 1945 by J Ring Andersen Shipyard, Denmark, Kaskelot is truly an excellent example of a solid oak, ice class cargo vessel. She is now fitted out as an ocean going blue water sailing vessel, seamlessly blending modern technology with traditional oak finishes and Douglas fir masts and spars. She is rigged as a three masted barque, her main mast standing at 32m! 

Why not come down to Bristol docks and learn more about the art of square rigged sailing, or if you are already passionate about these ships then come down and share your experiences with us. 

The ship will be open especially for the Easter weekend (25th March- 28th March 2016).

Please keep an eye on the websites for further updates. 




Joel Yates

Kaskelot is the perfect venue for your event! Not matter what the occasion the beautiful ship is the perfect setting to celebrate in the finest nautical style.


With her extensive cargo hold and vast uncluttered decks your guests will be able to enjoy the ship no matter the weather. The ship has a full awning to provide shelter on deck, but if gets a bit too cool then the party can go below, where we can seat up to 60 people for dinner, lunch, afternoon tea or just drinks and music.


With all the romance and excitement of the sea that a traditionally rigged sailing vessel affords, coupled with the style, finesse and history that is Kaskelot, you will be sure to impress.


If you would like more information on hiring Kaskelot for your event please do not hesitate to contact Joel Yates:


0044 7900 956938

Kaskelot is Home in Bristol

Joel Yates

On the morning of September the 1st Kaskelot weighed anchor off Barry in the Bristol Channel and boarded a Bristol Pilot to guide her up the river.

On a beautifully still and sunny September morning Kaskelot silently weaved her way up the River Avon, under the iconic Suspension Bridge to pass through the lock and enter the Cumberland Basin, before proceeding into the historic Port of Bristol.

It is the end of a busy sailing season for Kaskelot, and she is now back in her home port for some rest and recuperation. This summer has seen her visit France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and many locations around the British Isles. You may have been lucky enough to have seen her in Liverpool, Falmouth, Weymouth, Plymouth, Poole, Fowey to name but a few locations.

She has taken hundreds of people sailing and hosted some of the best events on the water that 2015 had to offer. And she will be doing it all again next year!

The crew and the management of the Kaskelot would like to extend a hearty thanks to all those who have been involved with Kaskelot over the summer including Morbihan Festival, Sound City Liverpool, Volvo Ocean Race 2015, Dublin City, Liverpool City Council, the people of Arklow, Skagen, Wilhelmshaven, Gothenburg, Plymouth, Poole, Falmouth, Fowey, Boulogne Sur Mer, Paimpol, Cowes, Bristol Pilots, Cumberland Basin Watch House, Tony Nicholls and his team at the Harbour Office and anyone who visited the ship or helped the crew!

If you are in the Bristol Docks area and would like to find out more about Kaskelot and her work then please do not hesitate to pay her a visit and speak to a member of the crew. 

Keep an eye on the website for updates and details of future events.


Joel Yates

Kaskelot is currently in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, enjoying the festivities that are the 'Wochenende an der Jade'. The weather has been fantastic and the atmosphere is one of real excitement, with thousands of visitors expected over the weeknd.

Kaskelot will be welcoming the people of Wilhelmshaven and beyond to come and have a look around the ship. 

On Monday 6th July Kaskelot will set sail again, bound for Boulogne sur Mer.  

Volvo Ocean Race Gothenburg to Wilhelmshaven, Germany

Joel Yates

Kaskelot is currently in Gothenburg enjoying the celebrations that mark the end of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. On the 27th of June she sail to Wilhelmshaven for the Wochenende an der Jade festival ( After this Kaskelot will set sail for Boulogne Sur Mer, due to arrive on the 10th of July. 

Kaskelot will be at Trinity Landing, Cowes, from the 20th July until the 10th of August 2015. There will be a limited number of day sails available- please keep on eye on our website for further details.



Dublin River Port Fest 2015

Joel Yates

Kaskelot has just slipped her lines and is outbound from Bramley Moore Dock, Liverpool. She will be tying up alongside in Dublin on the Friday 29th May for the River Port Festival.

A big thank you to all the people who visited the boat over the weekend in Liverpool!

The crew are looking forward to inviting people on board during her time in Dublin, so if you are in the area be sure to come down to the ship, meet the crew and have a good look around.


Kaskelot is coming to Fowey!

Joel Yates

Come sailing this weekend!

From the 1st - 4th of May Kaskelot will be taking passengers sailing out of Fowey. She will be sailing twice daily at 10:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 18:00. This is a great chance to get out on the water aboard this wonderful three masted sailing ship.

To book tickets please go to or call  (01726) 879500.

Kaskelot coming to Weymouth

Joel Yates

Kaskelot will arrive at  Weymouth Harbour on the 23rd of April. She will then open to the public from the 24th - 27th of April, 10:00- 18:00 daily. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to step aboard one of the finest wooden hulled square rigged sailing vessels in the world. 

Along with exploring her pitch pine decks, visitors will be able to step below and enjoy an exhibition of information about Kaskelot, her history and recent refit. 

Kaskelot will depart Weymouth on Tuesday 28th April and sail to Fowey.

If you wish to go sailing on Kaskelot, please go to or call 01726 879500 to find about sailing times and to book tickets.

Please note that all of Kaskelot's activities are subject to weather. 

Photo credit: Mike Kinsey


Last Chance to Step Aboard Kaskelot in Poole

Joel Yates

Today, 21st April, is your last chance to step aboard the beautiful three masted barque Kaskelot in Poole. She will be open from 10:00- 18:00 today. There is a wonderful exhibition on board  that provides information about the ship, as well as a display of traditional boat builders tools and materials. The crew are always happy to try and answer any questions you may have about Kaskelot and traditional block and tackle seamanship in general.

If you missed the ship in Poole then be sure to pay her a visit in Weymouth! She will be alongside Custom House Quay open to the public from the 24th- 27th of April 2015, open daily from 10:00- 18:00. 

Kaskelot will arrive in Weymouth on Thursday 23rd of April at approximately 10:30am.

Please note that times are given as rough guidelines only. All of Kaskelot's activities are subject to weather.

Kaskelot to Sail from Poole On 22nd April

Joel Yates

Kaskelot will be leaving Poole on Wednesday 22nd of April at approximately 11:30am. This is only a guide time, if you wish to see the ship leave the harbour arrive earlier.  

Please note that all of Kaskelot's activities are weather dependant, and it is not guaranteed that the ship will leave at the time given. 

Many thanks to everybody who came to visit the ship. We hope to see you again soon!

Alongside Town Quay, Poole

Joel Yates

Kaskelot is now tied up alongside Town Quay, Poole. She will be open to the public from 1000 - 1800 daily from the 15th of April to the 21st of April 2015.

Please come down and explore this beautiful sailing vessel and meet the crew who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Opening times may be subject to weather. 

Kaskelot to Depart Plymouth Today

Joel Yates

Kaskelot will be locking out of Sutton Harbour between 1300 and 1430 on the 14th April and heading for Poole Town Quay, due to arrive on the 15th April at 0900. 

The Captain and the crew of Kaskelot would like to thank Sutton Harbour for all the help and support they have shown Kaskelot during her stay. They would also like to say thank you to all the people who visited the ship during her stay. 

See you again soon!