Red Sails News
Change in Owner
Change in Owner:
After many years of careful and loving ownership, John has decided it is time to sell Redsails. It is with great joy that Gareth & Ping have purchased Redsails.
It is our intention to carry on the high standard of ownership that John has shown over the past many years.
Gareth & Ping, along with their children Declan, Amy and Ryan (plus CoCo the chocolate lab) all hope you will continue to enjoy redsails as much as we do.
Whilst we sort out the website details etc, please feel free to contact us on 01908 969639 or email@example.com
Gareth & Ping
Pilgrim and Progress, the story of two Brixham trawlers
Red Sails Cottage belonged to a local Trawler Owner and his family in the Victorian period.
John Pine his wife Selina their children and two trawler Apprentices lived at the cottage, their fishing trawler the Progress was built in 1883 in Brixham. Progress was a 43 ton, 63 ft Sailing Ketch and was sadly destroyed by fire in 1904.
John's older brother Silas lived next door, his trawler the Pilgrim was also built in Brixham in 1895. The Pilgrim has a fascinating history fishing out of Brixham until 1912 when she was sold to Swedish owners, for seven years Pilgrim fished Swedish waters before being converted to a motorised cargo vessel. During the second world war her cargo included, ice, granite, scrap iron and timber, it is said that the granite was used by the Germans to make statues for Hitler. Pilgrim also smuggled guns from Denmark to Norway for use by the Special Operations Executive and Norwegian resistance.
In 1999 the Pilgrim was purchased and brought back home to Brixham to be fully restored and converted back to a sailing trawler.
Brixham was once home to one of the largest fleets of wooden sailing trawlers, between the 1880's and 1920 over 300 were built in the towns shipyards. Today only six remain forming Brixham's heritage fleet.
We recently had descendants of the Pine family stay at the cottage after researching their family history, they also enjoyed a day sail on their relatives trawler, the now fully restored Pilgrim of Brixham.
Today you can holiday at the cottage and enjoy a sail on the Pine families trawler, or just sit on the cottage patio and watch Pilgrim sail out of the harbour with her iconic red sails.
A large picture of the Pilgrim can be found hanging on the lounge wall in the cottage, it also features as the Red Sails Holidays logo and a photo of the Pilgrim can be seen on the websites Contact page. (see link at the top of this page)
for more information visit www.pilgrimofbrixham.co.uk
Visit the Pilgrim of Brixham website click on the link on our Tourist Information page.
Bunk beds now replaced
Twin single beds ordered just before Easter have now arrived replacing the Bunk Beds in the third bedroom.
These will zip and link together to make a king size bed if required.
Mitch Tonks Rockfish Restaurant, just a short walk from the cottage.
The Celebrity Chef Mitch Tonks has now opened his lates Restaurant, "The Rockfish," overlooking Brixham Harbour in the new £20 million Fish Market just a short walk from the cottage.
Great seafood with a stunning sea view.
For more information please click on the link on our Tourist Information page.
Abide With Me
BBC Songs of Praise visited All Saints Church in Brixham to record a feature on the famous Hymn
"Abide With Me"
The Hymn was written by the the Rev F.H.Lyte, the former Vicar of All Saints Church.
All Saints Church is a short walk from the cottage you can often hear the Church Bells chiming "Abide With Me" from the cottage patio.
New Back Gates For The Parking Area
Our new back gates have now been been fitted at the top of the garden allowing three vehicles to be parked at the cottage, you can also bring a Surfboard, Dinghy or a Trailer with you which can now be safely locked inside the gates.
This year we even had a Mini Bus parked up there and it comfortably fitted inside the gates with plenty of room to spare for two cars or a second Mini Bus on the outside.
The Annual Agatha Christie Festival
This year the Agatha Christie Festival is based in Torre Abbey in Torquay.
This years festival begins on the 14th September and lasts till the 21st September.
For more information please visit the Agatha Christie Festival website www.agathachristiefestival.com
Please visit our Tourist Information and click on the link for information about visiting Agatha Christie's Greenway House
There is also a Greenway House video to see and a full length documentary about Agatha Christie.
Torbay Lifeboat Week
Monday the 3th of August marked the start of Brixham's Annual Lifeboat week
Events included Search and Rescue Demonstrations, Light up the Breakwater with Candles, Bands on the Beach, Sea Angling Competition, Jet Ski Display and many more events culminating in a Grand Fireworks Display on Sunday 9th August after 9pm.
For more details and the complete programme please visit www.torbaylifeboat.org.uk
Brixham's Annual Trawler Race
The annual Trawler Race was a great spectacle for all the visitors to Brixham on Saturday 21st June.
To see so many huge Trawlers at full power racing close together is an awesome sight.
I took a few photo's which I have added to Red Sails Facebook page.