For some reason, our diary was empty this weekend AND the weather was fair AND the tide was favourable, so we went for a sail planning to stay overnight somewhere.
We set off downstream around 10:30, having loaded the minimum possible in the way of clothes and food. As the wind was almost non-existant at Cargreen we didn’t even hoist the sails until we got down to Plymouth Sound where the wind got up to SE 8 – 12 knots. This was enough to sail and we even thought of sailing to Fowey (again) but we thought we would just sail around locally and perhaps end up in the River Yealm. As expected later, the wind dropped and we would have had to motor for some time to get to Fowey. We haven’t done this sort of sailing for years; we’ve always gone somewhere!
We hoped to do some practice man-overboard (MOB) manoeuvres under sail but there wasn’t enough wind! The boat does heave-to quite well which is very useful part of MOB, for sorting out stuff or having a peaceful lunch en-route.
After about 4 hours sailing, well South of Plymouth, we headed towards the R. Yealm and watched at least 20 other boats head in that direction! We gave up sailing when the windspeed dropped under 7 knots and the boat-speed was around 2 knots (at the time = 3 hours to the entrance!) The lower pontoon was very full of, it turned out, a Weir Quay Rally; they’re just up river from us! However, J & J, some very old friends of ours, were on a private mooring, so we came alongside, however, we didn’t stay long ‘cos rafting on private moorings is not permitted. The Skipper messed up our departure by not pulling in the stern to pull the bow out into the tide ‘cos there weren’t any fenders aft, which I should have put there. My fault entirely. Anyway J & J said they would row up-tide to us where the harbour master sent us on another empty private mooring towing our dinghy which was released as it got caught around the mooring buoy during our rapid departure when we were caught by the rapid tide. It was really lovely to see them to catch up on stuff, particularly from one J, as we had seen the other J recently! (Yes, do keep up!)
We had been up early for the last few days so we had a lie-in, just catching J & J as they departed. Eventually, we set off into even less wind but we did manage to sail about 4 miles to Cawsand bay in about 4 hours. We dropped the anchor for the first time in this boat, and, …. it worked quite well, however, the Bruce anchor is very unwieldy, to say the least! the Boss can be very sad sometimes and she counted 45 boats anchored on this Sunday afternoon. One of these was a familiar boat from our sailing club so we had a chat with C & K as they passed. We didn’t spill our tea despite the typical Cawsand roll. It seems to be there all the time. In the Rival when we planned to stay overnight there we gave up because of the roll and went to the marina instead! When we left a couple of hours later, there was enough tide to get to to Cargreen, in time for us to do “Boatwatch” at the Club. Every night for most of the year a Club member is on or very near the water keeping an eye of our moorings as a deterrent. Touch wood, it works even if we don’t sleep much.
On Monday morning, we lazed around until we thought about the tide (again), packed up the boat and got back ashore while there was plenty of water at the causeway.
We enjoyed the slow sail around Plymouth and we plan to do it again, however, not sure when! Next job is doing the new floor in the new dining room and the kitchen.