Sailing Pilgrimages - Pray, Praise & Sail
Russ Fairman’s ‘Round Britain Sailing Pilgrimage’ Celebrating Stella Maris’ 100+ yrs of service
This round Britain sailing pilgrimage, on board ‘Mintaka’ (Dufour 34 Performance sailboat) owned and skippered by Russ Fairman, is being undertaken to celebrate Stella Maris’ 100 years of service to seafarers & fishers.
Starting Southampton (St Joseph’s) on Saturday 29th April 2023 , finishing in Portsmouth Cathedral 9th July on SEA SUNDAY .
We will be sailing 2,400 miles in an anticlockwise direction out of the Port Southampton, with a blessed Stella Maris Icon replica, after its world circumnavigation with Trustee, John Hood. Praising and thanking God for the global reach of Stella Maris, and the support provided by local communities in Britain. The Icon is a shared symbol that will be sailed by crew, made up of friends & supporters, who will pass on the Icon to the next crew in the next Port of call, as a sign of unity and fellowship. Celebratory shoreside Gatherings, at many port area locations, will be fun and prayerful, to commemorate this 100th Anniversary. Our aim is to celebrate and honour Mary, Our Lady Star of The Sea, who’s faithful intercession always points us to Jesus and to support the wonderful pastoral work of Stella Maris.
The Sailing Voyage will be conducted as a pilgrimage, saturated in Prayer and joy filled fellowship – Reflecting on Mary’s Words “Do whatever He tells you” Jn 2:5
Different ways to get involved
Sail With Us
- Friends of Stella Maris have signed to sail on this amazing pilgrimage (for 1-7 days)
- Participants are required to be 18 years of age or older (16yrs + with a guardian or parent)
- Reasonable level of fitness required, however no previous Sailing experience is necessary.
- Crew of 1-6 people, including skipper (Crew safety will be the paramount sailing consideration)
- Information on any sailing experience or known health issues, will be required in advance.
- Selected crew can participate on any part of the voyage, for 1 or more days (sleeping on board)
- We will try to sail to a schedule, but dates may vary due to weather, so participants asked to commit to a time slot and be flexible on ‘get on’ & ‘get off’ locations – Skipper will liaise with you
|LEG……||Start Date……………..||Finish Date…………..||PORTS OF CALL (Stop Over locations for Crew Changes)|
|Leg 1||29 Apr Sat||29 Apr Sat||Southampton (Ocean Village) to Chichester|
|Leg 2||Sun 30 April||Fri 5 May||Chichester, Shoreham, Dover, Ramsgate, Queenborough, Gravesend ,|
|Leg 3||Sun 7 May||Sun 7 May||Gravesend, Harwich (opposite Felixstowe)|
|Leg 4||Tue 9 May||Wed 10 May||Harwich, Lowestoft, Wells Next Sea, King’s Lynn, Grimsby,|
|Leg 5||Fri 12 May||Fri 19 May||Grimsby, Scarborough, Blyth, Lindisfarne, Eyemouth, Leith|
|Leg 6||Mon 22 May||Fri 2 June||Leith, Dundee, Stonehaven, Peterhead, Whitehills, Wick, Kinlochbervie, Stornoway, Lochboisdale, SU,|
|Leg 7||Sun 4 June||Wed 7 June||Lochboisdale, Mallaig, Tobermoray, Oban, Gigha, Campbeltown|
|Leg 8||Sat 10 June||Sat 10 June||Campbeltown, Glasgow (Transport Museum Pontoon – St Aloysius’ Walk – Clyde)|
|Leg 9||Mon 12 June||Sat 17 June||Glasgow, Wemyss Bay (Kip Marina), Lamlash, Troon, Stranraer, Bangor, Ardglass (NI)|
|Leg 10||Mon 19 June||Sat 24 June|
Ardglass Holyhead, Porth Dinllaen, Fishguard, St David’s, Milford Haven
|Leg 11||Mon 26 June||Say 30 June||Milford Haven , Padstow, Penzance Newlyn, Falmouth, Fowey, Plymouth|
|Leg 12||2 July Sun||9 July Sun||Plymouth, Teignmouth, Weymouth, Poole, Portsmouth (GunWharf)|
Pilgrim Services at most of the 20 Port Gatherings - Here's a selection
Port Area Gatherings - Schedule
|Date||TIME||AREA GATHERING||GATHERING LOCATION||BOAT LOCATION|
|29 Apr Sat||11.00 AM||Southampton||St Joseph’s Church SO14 2AH||Ocean Village Marina SO14 3QF|
|Tue 2 May||10:00 AM||Dover||St Pauls Schools, churches together, tea||Dover Marina|
|Sat 6 May||18:00 PM||Gravesend (Thames)||St John The Evangilist DA12 1EN||Gravesend Pontoon – Town Pier, Gravesend DA11 0BJ|
|Sun 7 May||08.30 AM||Gravesend (Thames)||St John The Evangilist DA12 1EN||Gravesend Pontoon – Town Pier, Gravesend DA11 0BJ|
|Mon 8 May||10.00 AM||Harwich||Our Lady Queen of Heavan Harwich||Ha’penny pier pontoon CO12 3EJ|
|Thur 11 May||6.00 PM||Shrine Walsingham||Walsingham Shrine NR22 6AL||Wells Next Sea or King Lynn TBC (Weather !)|
|Sun 14 May||11:00 AM||Grimsby||Humber Cruising Association||Fish Dock DN313SD|
|Wed 17 May||AM/PM||Blyth||Royal Northumblerland YC & Mass?||Royal Northumblerland YC|
|Sun 21 May||10.30 AM||Leith||St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Leith||Granton Harbour EH5 1HF|
|Mon 22 May||7.00pm||Dundee||Dundee Cathedral||Tayport Harbour – Harbour Rd, Tayport DD6 9BG|
|Wed 24 May||9:30 AM||Stonehaven||St Mary’s Arbuthnott Place, Stonehaven, AB39 2FY||Old Pier Stonehaven AB39 2JU|
|Thur 25 May||9.3||Peterhead||St Mary’s church||Peterhead marina|
|Sat 3 June||18.30 PM||Western Isles (Lochboisdale)||Our Lady ofSorrows||Lochboisdale Harbour|
|Tue 6 June||10:00 AM||Oban||St Columba||Oban Transit Marina|
|Fri 9 June||10.00 AM||Campbeltown||St Kieran’s||Campbeltown|
|Sun 11 June||12:00||Glasgow||St Aloyisus||Riverside Museum York Hill Pontoon G38RS TBC !!!!!|
|Sun 18 June||11:30 AM||Northern Ireland (Ardglass)||St Nicholas Catholic Church||Ardglass Marina|
|Sat 24 June||10.30 AM||Shrine Cardigan||North Road Cardigan SA43 1LT||Milford Haven Marina|
|Sun 25 June||09.30 AM||Milford Haven||St Francis of Assisi||Milford Haven Marina|
|Sat 1 July||10.00 AM||Plymouth||St Mary & St Boniface Cathedral||Queen Anne’s Battery Marina (Brendan to Confirm)|
|9 July Sun||10:00 AM||Portsmouth||St Johns Cathedral SEA SUNDAY||Gunwarf Quay PO1 3TZ|
Stella Maris, previously known as, ‘The Apostleship of the Sea’, was founded in Glasgow in 1920. At this time Britain had one of the largest merchant fleets in the world, employing many thousands of British seafarers. The Apostleship of the Sea ran large seafarers’ hostels in all the major port towns. Nowadays ships are bigger and crews are smaller, and increasingly recruited from developing world countries where wages were lower. Owners registered their ships under so-called flags of convenience to avoid stringent regulatory controls.
While the nature of the work has evolved, Stella Maris’ founding belief is that every seafarer deserves fair working conditions & respect for their human rights. Today there are 230 chaplains in over 300 ports across 41 countries from Australia to the USA, supporting crew’s physical, mental and spiritual welfare.
Celebratory PORT AREA GATHERINGS
Fun get togethers with supporters, to greet and send off crew, with an opportunity to come aboard the Sailing Pilgrimage Boat.
100th Anniversary Celebratory refreshments, speeches, prayer, praise & worship on the quayside or at a nearby venue or church. Some gatherings include Processions and Services as detailed above in the schedule.
Other shore side events and gatherings will be arranged and advertised locally
Our Facebook page is a great way to find out more and keep up to date with what’s happening
50 + Crew CHANGES
Anticipated that over 50 people will crew the boat sailing around Britain on this Sailing Pilgrimage, staying on board for 1 to 7 days.
Crew changes will be made at over 50 harbours as described in the Itinerary above. Would be wonderful if you were to come and meet local Stella Maris supporters, to greet or send off the crew representing their Port.
Impromptu gatherings are really welcome, to celebrate the 100th Anniversary and mark the passing of the Stella Maris Icon from crew to crew, Port to Port.
Our Facebook page is a great way to find out more and keep up to date with what’s happening
Holy Sites & Coastal Pilgrimage Routes
Celtic missionaries such as St Columba and St Fursey, crossed seas in small boats to pioneer new communities and find God in creation at the edges and margins.
The Holy Spirit enabled them to discover their true selves, through harmonious connectedness with nature, and lead others to Jesus.
Spending time at sea in prayer is transformative, and life changing for many.
Our Sailing Pilgrimage will be visiting many Holy Sites and tracking along ancient coastal pilgrimage routes. Reflecting on and praying with the Saints of old.
Pilgrimage Routes & Sites Encountered
|Adjacent Coastal Pilgrimage||From||To||Miles||Holy Sites||Web Link|
|OLD WAY||Southampton||Canterbury||240 M||Bosham – Chichester – Arundel – Steyning – Botolphs – Battle – Lyminge – Canterbury||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/old-way-to-canterbury/|
|The Augustine Camino||Ramsgate||Canterbury||Shrine of St Augustine in Ramsgate||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/augustine-camino/|
|Rochester Cathedral Pilgrimage||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/rochester-cathedral-pilgrimage-in-a-day/|
|St Peters Way||Greenstead||Bradwell Essex||40M||oldest wooden church in the world, St Andrew’s, Greensted||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/st-peters-way/|
|The Pilgrim Ways to Walsingham||Cley/Blakeney Harbour||Walsingham||Catholic Slipper Chapel – Bascilica of Our Lady||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/pilgrim-ways-to-walsingham/|
|Beverley Minster To Bridlington Priory||Bridlington||York||47M||priory church of Saint Mary, Bridlington.||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/beverley-to-bridlington/|
|Way of St Hild||Hartlepool||Whitby||47M||St Hildas Church Hartlepool / Whitby Abbey||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/way-of-st-hild/|
|Northern Saints Trail||Sunderland||Lindisfarne||Durham Cathedral resting place of St Cuthbert||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/northern-saints-trails/|
|St Oswald’s Way||Heavanfield||LinisFarne||97M||Heavenfield; Bamburgh; Holy Island/Lindisfarne||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/st-oswalds-way/|
|The Forth to Farne Way||Lindisfarne||North Berwick||72M||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/forth-to-farne-way/|
|St Margarets Way||Edinburgh||St Andrews||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/st-margarets-way/|
|St Duthac’s Way||St Andrews||Aberdean||97 M||St Andrews||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/st-duthacs-way/|
|Northern Pilgrim Way||Tain||Kirkwall||127 M||Shrine of St Duthac, Tain/Shrine of St Magnus in Kirkwall on Orkney||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/northern-pilgrims-way/|
|St Columba’s Way||Iona||Oban||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/st-columbas-way/|
|St Ninian’s Way||South Queensferry||Carlisle||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/st-ninians-way/|
|Anglesey (Ynys Mon) Pilgrimage||Holy Head||Caernafon||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/anglesey-pilgrimage/|
|The North Wales Pilgrims Way||Holywell||Bardsey Island||Holywell in Flintshire, kneel underwater on St Beuno’s Stone||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/north-wales-pilgrims-way/|
|Southern Way of St David||St Davids Cathedral||Pembroke Dock||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/southern-way-of-st-david/|
|Cornish Celtic Way||St German’s Priory||St Michael’s Mount||St German’s Priory to St Michael’s Mount||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/cornish-celtic-way/|
|The Mary and Michael Pilgrims’ Way||Carn Lês Boel||Avebury||350M||St Michael’s Mount; St Neot; St Cleer; Crediton; Glastonbury; Doulting||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/mary-and-michael-pilgrims-way/|
|The Celtic Way (SW Section)||Tourquay||Bridport||Glastonbury; Sherborne;||https://britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/the-celtic-way/|