Working Sail was established in 1994 with the aim of keeping alive the art and craftsmanship of traditional wooden boats and is dedicated to reviving the rich heritage of our maritime past. Owners Luke and Joanna Powell have both brought many years of experience in wooden boats to the business. Luke, with over thirty years of sailing and rebuilding traditional sailing vessels, as well as designing and building new pilot cutters. After an apprenticeship with shipwrights who had learnt their trade during the last days of working sail, Luke has followed his passion for traditional boats and is now one of the few with an unbroken connection to the sailing past. This has given him a deep understanding of what makes for a good looking and long lasting vessel. He has built eight cutters to date, each individually designed to the lines of Isles of Scilly pilot cutters.
Joanna has also lived with traditional boats most of her life. First sailing with her father around Southern Ireland and beyond, then owning and running a charter business, working an eighty-foot sailing trawler out of West Wales. In between, she sailed her Manx lugger, visiting boat festivals in Brittany and Cornwall with her young family. Joanna has a deep understanding of traditional vessels and a natural warmth in looking after people aboard. Now, as a husband and wife team and business partners, Luke and Joanna have decided to combine their skills and broaden their field of activities.
Although Luke remains very much a boat builder, they are keen to spend more time on the water to enjoy the hard won fruits of their labours. Together they now sail their pilot cutter Agnes – arguably one of Luke's finest creations – out of Falmouth, working her as a charter vessel. Their usual cruising grounds are the Celtic shores of Cornwall, Brittany and Southern Ireland – seas they know so well and wish to share with you. So the story continues, with the sailing and building traditional boats going hand in hand.
Why not check out our 2014 sailing programme. It's full of exciting voyages; long, medium and short. Groups or individuals. Novices and salty sea dogs equally welcome.