1904 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter
Mascotte was built in 1904 by Thomas Cox & Son in Newport. Thomas Cox was also her owner and a Bristol Channel Pilot. He came from a family of Newport Pilots and he held licences for both Newport and Barry. His son was a Newport Pilot, his nephew a Barry Pilot.
Mascotte is believed to of been the third largest Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter ever to of been built. She was twice as heavy and at 60ft she was 10ft longer than most others. She is the largest surviving Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter and was the largest ever to work out of Newport.
She was built to be seaworthy, sea kindly and fast. She once sailed around Lands End to Dover to pick up a ship bound for Newport. She made Thomas Cox a wealthy man.
The opulence and Edwardian grandeur below deck was reflective of how successful the Pilots were and more importantly how they liked to live at sea.
Length Overall: 18.3m
Air Draft: 23.8m
Crew: 2 to 3
Day Sail Guests: 10
Residential Guests: max 8
Rich’s Boat is a newly formed charitable sailing Trust, set up by Mark Tyndall, owner of Mascotte, in memory of her Skipper of 9 years, Rich Clapham. He took his life on July 30th 2019. Rich was passionate about Bristol Channel Pilot Cutters and somewhat of an oracle.
Mascotte became Rich’s heartbeat. From the moment he first stepped on her as Skipper, she was never out of his thoughts. His knowledge of the Bristol Channel was extraordinary. He was was brought up in Oldbury on Severn, on the banks of the river and, I think it fair to say, her muddy water ran in his veins. Rich was a shipwright at Tommi Nielsen’s Yard for some time. Tommi skippered Olga (another Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter) who belonged to Swansea Museum at the time, for the annual Pilot Cutter races held on the Bristol Channel and Rich, like many in the yard, were crew. That experience never left him.
He left Tommi’s to Skipper Eda Frandsen, a gaff rigged converted Danish fishing boat built in 1939. She was a charter boat on the West Coast of Scotland. In 2010 he became Mascotte’s skipper. Between him and Mark, they formed a loyal band of Mascoteers, a sensational sail locker and a good deal of silverware to boot. Rich always said he sailed Mascotte like a big dingy. He had contempt for her engine (almost), there was always time and opportunity to put another sail up and very little interest in taking them down. What she won’t carry, she’ll drag, he was known for saying.
Rich was clever, funny, irreverent, determined, competitive, kind, stroppy and, in his own words, a very good bodger and a punk. And that’s what made him the unique sailor that he was. As trustees we hope to bring this essence of Mascoteering and Rich’s style of sailing to the benefit of all those who sail with the Trust.
The intention with Rich’s Boat is to bring the essence of Rich’s style of sailing and to ignite his passion, in others, of the beauty, excitement, power, historical importance and the absolute joy that is Mascotte. The Trust wants to provide opportunities for both total beginners and experienced sailors to push the boundaries of what they’re capable of.
It’s all about sharing knowledge, skills and a positive life experience with those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to get out on the water or sail a boat as historically significant as Mascotte.
Charlestown Harbour have teamed up with this exciting new Trust, and is providing management and a home port from which Rich’s Boat can achieve its goals.
Profits from Rich’s Boat’s commercial sailing programme, AirBnB work and events go towards the maintenance of this historic vessel, as well as ensuring accessibility to sailing experiences for all, regardless of economic or social circumstances.
Get Involved Sailing Mascotte in 2020
Rich’s Boat are running day sail trips on Mascotte throughout August, here in Charlestown. See our Events pages for full details.
A transfer boat will take you out to the ship on her mooring, and the crew will pick the best cruising route to fit in as much sailing as possible, before bringing you back to the Harbour. Day sailors can get involved and help our professional crew set sails and perform manoeuvres, or just sit back and enjoy the spectacle!
There are 3-hour trips or 6-hour trips to choose from, and the day sails are available for adults and children over the age of 10. All safety equipment is provided on board. Given our increased safety measures to protect crew and guests from Coronavirus, we will request that you read and sign a Day Sail Policy document at the time of booking. This ensures that you are aware of our safety measures and your responsibilities in advance of stepping aboard.
Booking and Costs
3 hour-trips including refreshments
- Adult – £50
- Child (10-16) – £30
- Private trip for up to 10 people – £410
6 hour-trips including lunch
- Adult – £95
- Child (10-16) – £45
- Private trip for up to 12 people – £750
We also offer Rich’s Boat gift tickets, allowing you to purchase a trip aboard Mascotte for a friend or loved one. They can then get in touch to reserve a spot on their chosen day. Gift Tickets are valid for 3 years, so plenty of time to get out sailing!
To book, purchase a gift ticket, or find our more, contact our vessel manager: email@example.com or call 01726 70241.
Mascotte will be running a full season of residential voyages in 2021. We will list full details of her schedule as soon as possible. Prices start from £135 per person per day full board. We accept both individual and ‘whole boat’ bookings for groups of up to 8.
Voyages on Mascotte are a truly immersive and unforgettable experience, working with the professional crew to steer, manoeuvre and sail a beautiful ship. Take in hidden anchorages, incredible wildlife, maybe even a bustling Maritime Festival with a host of other vessels. This is hands-on sailing with real style!
Keep an eye on our What’s On page for full details.
Stay aboard – a unique B&B experience supporting the Rich’s Boat Charitable Trust.
Outside of her sailing season, Mascotte is available to rent as self-catering accommodation, moored in Charlestown’s Inner Harbour. Mascotte provides an unforgettable setting for a family getaway, or a unique break with friends, close to Charlestown’s beaches, bars and restaurants, and with free parking included for the duration of your stay.
The Harbour Team are committed to providing safe accommodation in line with Government guidelines regarding Coronavirus, so have implemented some changes to our normal Air BnB bookings, including a rigorous cleaning regime.
To book a stay aboard, see our AirBnB listing!