Moonfleet Adventure Sail Training | Swanage Pier | Buck Shore | Swanage | Dorset | BH19 2AW | 01929 289019 | Book Now

Moonfleet is a steel hulled Gaff Cutter, robustly built by the great seafaring people of Holland in 1930. During her early working life she would take cargo from Amsterdam to her neighbouring countries on The North Sea - possibly even Great Britain! After her time carrying cargo, around the turn of the century she was given a major refit in Urk, a small fishing and shipbuilding town on Holland’s inland waterways. Here she was converted to be a Sail Training Vessel and operated as such from Amsterdam for the next decade. Following a minor refit at Mashford’s Shipyard on the River Tamar in Cornwall, Moonfleet is now based in Swanage and will again be used for Sail Training to introduce this classic skill to budding sailors of all ages and from all walks of life…

Moonfleet Adventure Sailing is an exciting new activity making its home in Swanage Bay and operating from Swanage Pier. Moonfleet, founded in 2015, have made it their mission to bring a tallship sailing opportunity to Swanage.

We provide an affordable range of sailing introductions that are available throughout an extended season (Mar - Nov), whenever the weather allows, and therefore provide a tallship sailing experience at a time and price that suits you! No previous sailing experience is necessary and no special clothing or equipment is required - just dress sensibly for the weather!

The sailing introduction is all based around a ‘toe in the water’ experience, where you can have a go at the skills and activities needed to take a tall-ship to sea and learn how to harness the power of the wind. For those keen to have a go, our crew will provide a supervised hands on opportunity to try most activities that can be fitted into the short voyage, from weighing anchor to hoisting the mainsail - and even taking the helm! However, if you just want to come along for the ride, then be our guest – sit back and enjoy the sail and the views!

As well as the sailing trips on offer, Moonfleet is available for bespoke packages for group bookings, educational trips, parties and corporate events.

Moonfleet's crew look forward to welcoming you aboard at the end of Swanage Pier.

Please don't forget to mention Woodyhyde when booking and bring your pack lunch!


PackageWhat's includedPrice Per Person

One hour sail:

Sunset sail around Swanage Bay. Why not bring a bottle of something?

  • 1 hours - £15

Two hour sail:

Head out into the bay and sail for Old Harry Rocks or out towards Durlston Head and Anvil Point Lighthouse.

  • 2 hours - £30

Three hour sail:

 A picnic lunch sail up to Studland Bay and Sandbanks via Old Harry Rocks or out round Peveril Point and an anchorage in Durlston Bay.
  • 3 hours - £45

Four hour sail: 

Picnic lunch trip to a mooring just off Brownsea Island nature reserve or an anchorage at Dancing Ledge.

  • 4 hours - £60

Five hour sail: 

Picnic lunch trip to the beautiful Chapmans Pool, sailing up close along the spectacular Jurassic Coast past the point at St Albans Head.

  • 5 hours - £70

Six hour sail: 

Picnic lunch anchorage in either the delightful Lulworth Cove or beneath the stunning cliffs at  Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight.

  • 6 hours - £80

Eight hour sail: 

Brownsea Island Adventure day! Sail on Moonfleet to a mooring off Brownsea Island where you will have the chance to go ashore and explore the island. After your walk around the island a RIB will pick you up for a short tour to see the surrounding islands and a lunch stop at the Sandbanks Yacht Company cafe. After lunch you'll come back aboard Moonfleet for a final relaxing sail back to Swanage Pier. (Please call or email us to enquire about eight hour sails).

  • 8 hours - Enquire
  • A minimum of six passengers are required for trips so feel free to phone or email to enquire about availability. We will accept bookings for less than six and try to fill the remaining places but if we are unable to make up the numbers we will revert to two hour trips on the day and refund the difference.
  • All trip descriptions are a guide of what we can achieve in the allocated time. The destination on your day of choice depends on the tide and weather conditions, when booking please see the destination for each day in the trip description. If the weather conditions on the day aren't favorable for the intended destination we will endeavor to modify the trip in a way that is pleasing for everyone on board.
  • Family discounts available - eg 2 Adults and 2 Children go sailing for 2 hours for £100!