Scilly Pelagics aboard MV Sapphire

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Welcome to Sapphire Pelagics

 2018 Schedule
 June, July and early September
Monday & Thursday dependant on demand

 August Monday & Friday evenings (to tie in with weekend Birder Special Pelagics)
 September & October TBA according to weather and demand
 Time Depart 5.00 pm with return no later than 10.30 pm
 Cost 30, pay on board
 Cancellation Although trips are weather dependant very few are cancelled
 Note Occasional daytime trips are offered mainly September & October
 Enquiries Contact Joe via his mobile
Sapphire Skipper: Joe Pender
Sapphire Skipper: Joe Pender

Contact details

(01720) 422751
Mobile: 07776204631
Joe's blog Click here

Joe Pender is the skipper of MV Sapphire and is vastly experienced having operated short-range pelagic trips out of Scilly for over 15 years. Since 2000 Joe has focused his trips on seabirding and a shark tagging program. Joe has become a proficient seabirder (and photographer) in his own right. However, experienced local birders are on board all ‘Sapphire Pelagics’ and help with spotting, identification, and mixing and delivering chum.

Wilson's Storm-petrel - Joe Pender
Balearic Shearwater - Joe Pender

‘Sapphire Pelagics’ are famous nationwide for the many rare and scarce seabirds that have been logged. Highly prized rarities that made national news are Fea’s Petrel, Scopoli’s Shearwater, Madeiran Storm-petrel, and Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel. Wilson’s Storm-petrel is seen regularly in season concentrated in July and August. Autumn months produce Cory’s and Great Shearwaters. Many other quality species are seen including Long-tailed Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Leach’s Storm-petrel, and Grey Phalarope depending on time of year. Trips are occasionally frequented by North American birders since we see European Storm-petrels every single trip during the breeding season, Great Skuas very regular from July, and the globally threatened Balearic Shearwater occasionally in autumn.

Great Shearwater - Joe Pender
Great Shearwater - Joe Pender

MV Sapphire is a broad vehicle that is relatively stable and offers plenty of seating with lots of room for clear observation and photography. It has an open deck. There is a toilet onboard. Full specifications follow:

 Type: Kingfisher K50 (GRP semi-displacement hull)

 Dimensions: 15m (50ft) length,  5m (16'6ft) beam [1m draft]

 Propulsion: 2 x 135hp Perkins Sabre diesel engines
Navigation Equipment
Garmin 12" combined radar/plotter
Garmin 10" Chart Plotter
Furuno Eco Sounder
icom Gmdss VHF Radio
Safety Equipment 
14 man Solas Liferaft
5 x Float free rafts able to take up to 96 People 
3 x Afff Fire Extinguishers
1 x CO2 Fire Extinguisher
6 x Parachute Rockets
2 x Hand Held Flares
2 x Orange Smoke Flares

Arctic Skua - Joe Pender
Great Skua - Joe Pender

Long-tailed Skua - Joe Pender
Pomarine Skua - Joe Pender