Here is a selection of Photos of the last 10 years sailing one of the best classic Yachts – The Bristol Pilot Cutter
Very fond memories. We hope that you like the pictures.

Here is a great Video of The Classic Super yacht racing in Falmouth this summer:

Annabel J Classic Sailing Holidays is FOR SALE

After 10 years building a very sucessful Classic Sailing holiday business and having a lot of fun sailing one of the icons of the classic sailing world, the time has come to move on and pass the lovely Annabel J to new owners.
We are selling as a going concern or just the yacht, and full details of the boat and business including turn-over and out goings can be made available to prospective buyers. Please email by clicking in the link below to obtain a prospectus. (no time wasters please).

Who would Annabel J suit?
An individual or sindicate who are interested in a life away from the office sailing one of the finest classic yachts ever made; the charter income covering all outgoings and paying a modest wage. For a prospective business buyer, this is a gift as you could hit the ground running.
She would also suit a private buyer as, in spite of her size she is easily handled short handed. Originally these boats were handled by a man and a boy. Margerite; the Pilot Cutter Annabel J was based on, is owned and sailed by a family from Cornwall; a couple with 2 young sons.

What about maintenance costs?
Annabel J was professionally built in 1996 with a steel hull, therefore maintenance is very much reduced over an equivalent wooden boat. She is in very good condition (survey report available) and the income far exceeds the outgoings.

Asking price?
For the business, we are asking for offers around £360,000 incl VAT

What about existing bookings?

We are continuing to run the business until we sell.

Apply in confidence to:

Phil Cogdell
Skipper – Annabel J

0800 7999 180 | 07766 138 288

Scilly Isles Final Last Minute Offer

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Annabel J at a peaceful Anchorage in the Scilly Isles

The Scilly Isles are a group of tropical islands just a short sail from the Cornish coast, unspoilt by modern tourism and stunningly beautiful.  There are endless white sandy beaches and the sea is a lovely turquoise blue.  The islands are covered in beautiful tropical flowers and seals play in the surf on outlying rocks.
After sailing along the stunning Cornish coast and out to the Islands, we spend 4 days cruising the Islands stopping each day at a different anchorage.  You will find plenty of time to explore ashore and enjoy what surely are amongst the most beautiful islands in the world.
We haver a few places on a Scilly Isles Sailing Holiday to give away at a big discount only to subscribers of this news letter.


6 days
Isles of Scilly and Cornish Coast Pt 1
31 May 2014
St Mawes Cornwall
6th Jun 2014
St Mawes Cornwall

Price Was £770.00  Now £570.00      Book Now


Phil Cogdell
Skipper – Annabel J

0800 7999 180 | 07766 138 288
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Annabel J Pilot Cutter

Running before the wind


Unfortunately the organisers of Fowey Classics have cancelled their regatta this year so we have re-scheduled our sailing prgram.  We now have a new voyage that starts and finishes in Plymouth and we will cruise along the stunning Cornish and Devon coast.  We will stop overnight each night in lovely harbours such as Salcombe, Fowey, Helford, Newton Ferrers and Dartmouth.  Dates and prices are below.


6 days
29th Jul 2014
4th Aug 2014
Book Now


Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180



pilot cutter racing

Pilot Cutters Racing in the Solent

On 25 April these amazing Pilot Cutters meet in Yarmouth IOW for a weekend of racing. The famous 1913 Fastnet winning Jolie Brise will be there as well as the South coast Pilot Cutters. Annabel J has won this event in the past. We have just 2 places left on Annabel J so don’t delay book your place now. See for dates and prices. Don’t forget to bring your camera as this event is quite a spectacle.

Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180



During last weekend, one of our guests decided to put his thoughts into a poem which he has kindly given me permission to share with you. as follows:

Oh—Annabel J

Is this Annabel– who gives us Joy?

Or Annabel, who creates in us jealousy?

For her beautiful lines and bountiful gifts,

As we sail on waters grey and cold,

While longing for those, blue and balmy.

Our crew so randomly gathered from places

Afar and disparate in our maritime realm,

Who experience such tremulous thoughts as we join.

Are we alike or opposed, can we possibly  combine?

To mix so closely, as to completely entwine

Our hopes and our lives, and even our bodies

In her shapely, her commodious,  her bosomly embrace.

Yes, after only one day, one very long day.

Sailing an amazing and very long voyage

In sea time a life of enriching experience,

Which on land would be a mere nothing by car.

Our realm is mysterious and depends upon experience.

A skipper  quiet and  wise who knows how to contain

Our anxieties, in  calm and established routine,

And a crew by his side who patiently show

Us the ropes up above and comforts within

As we struggle to sail and then enjoy life below.

Life is mysterious and on sea even more so.

Thank gods like old Neptune for buoying us up

In this life of adventure on Annabel J.

Richard Varian Buckland.


Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180




scilly Isles sailing holidays

scilly Isles sailing holidays

In June and July Annabel J sails from Falmouth in Cornwall to the Scilly Isles.  We have 6 day and 1 x 8 day voyage.

The Scilly Isles is one of those ‘must do before you die’ places to visit.  It is amazing that just a short sail from the south coast we have these beautiful tropical isles with white sandy beaches and turquois sea.

We sail along the stunning Cornish coast to arrive in the Scilly Isles early evening at our first anchorage.  While we are there you will get plenty of time to explore ashore and we will move to different anchorages, sailing amongst the stunning islands.  Our Skipper is an expert in finding the Puffins and Seals and on the way we will sail very close to the rocks to give you a chance to see them.

With there being no light pollution, at night the stars are amazing to see and sleeping on deck under the stars always proves popular.

Click on the following link to see prices and dates and to reserve your place

Remember, these voyages are always popular so don’t delay, book now!

Use the following voucher ref. when you book to get a £50 discount: Scilly 2014 £50 discount *

See our web site for more information

Phil Cogdell and Ian Standish
Skippers – Annabel J

Tel: 07766 138288 or 0800 7999 180



*only available if you book with us directly

Our winter refit period will shortly be over and we are looking forward to another exciting summer sailing. Why not join us for a lovely sailing holiday to the Channel Isles, the stunning Scilly Isles or maybe a weekend taster in the Solent and Poole area. Take a look at our schedule on

After watching David Dimbleby and his Gaff rigged boat Rocket go through the Crinan canal it has prompted me to describe our day of adventure through the said waterway.Moored up in East Loch Tarbert overnight we departed at 07:00 for the sail up to Ardrishaig, the eastern end of the canal. An un eventful passage saw us arrive at the end of the canal where our first task was to give all the boats laundry to an unknown lady who had promised to wash it all and deliver it back to us at Crinan, the western end of the canal….!!!!Boat formalities over with the road traffic was halted and we entered the LOWER basin which because the first lock had just been emptied into it resembled something like the Corryvrechan whirlpool. AJ was spun around and in such a confined space we were in danger of making contact with the boats waiting for us to go through. (Note because of AJ draught the canal had been overfilled and we were the first boat through that day). A few heart stopping moments the boat was stabilised and we headed for the first lock gate

The canal staff were excellent and showed us the operation of the lock gates and accompanied us to the second gate where we bid them farewell – “OK we are one our own now” someone said.


The crew had decided (arbitrarily) who was going to be onshore taking the lines, operating the sluices, and opening/closing the gates and so off we went -into the unknown…!!! The weather was good, sunshine, warm and little wind.



As we made our way through the canal the crew really got into the swing of things, lock gates done and locks emptied/filled with much fun and increasing expertise.



As we negotiated our way down from the summit the canal took on a new dimension, we were looking downwards and thinking “this is going to test the boat and crew” because the canal gets narrower and shallower…!!!!Sure enough we had a couple of touching bottom moments and to Ian who was helming a marginally embarrassing moment of collecting some tree branches. Never mind no damage done and we arrived at Crinan lower basin where we moored next to one of the Clyde Puffers.



The following day was spent looking around Crinan, the boatyard, the lock complex and the local hotel. Finally it was time to leave and so we entered the sea lock and bade farewell to all the friends, locals and other boat people we had met and who had shown such an interest in our boat.




Goodbye to Crinan canal, what a lovely adventure it was.

Cheers Tim Marshall.



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