We were stuck in Falmouth Haven for a week, sitting out the storms, along with loadsa other people. The Berthing master was juggling boats to get them all in! Despite the winds of SW Force 6, 7, 8, we were very sheltered and enjoyed our time. There were 3 other boats from Cargreen doing the same as us!
We walked around the coast to Pendennis, along the bathing beach to Swanpool and back through the town. The beach was almost deserted in the F6 – 7 winds but at least it was dry. The last time we were stuck here about 20 years ago in our Westerly Centaur, we went on the bus to Truro, so we did the same this time and visited the cathedral and listened to a lunchtime organ recital; the Boss went shopping in M & S (!); we had lunch in a lovely café and enjoyed the day out with the circuitous bus ride around the countryside via the new Falmouth (Exeter) University campus.
One afternoon was spent watching the new Swallows and Amazons film. The Boss watched ALL the credits ‘cos she knew most of the locations! The Maritime museum was holding a special exhibition on the Vikings was very interesting, even mentioned Lydford. However, it was full of kids, doing what kids do!
After the wind and seas had diminished, we set off towards Fowey, sailing all the way downwind despite the rolly swell; we had to gybe several times but managed to sail most of the way. Whilst in Fowey, we walked part of the Saints Way and had our 1st cream tea of the trip at the Garden House, probably the best cream teas in Fowey.
We thought we could sail to Salcombe next but the tides would be very much against us near Bolt Head, unless we got us very early, we don’t do that! So we sailed to Newton Ferrers for a couple of nights before catching the morning tide back to Cargreen. This was the best sail of the trip averaging over 5.5 knots on a beam or broad reach (fastest point of sailing) all the way. A small school of dolphins joined us for a few minutes; we think they were Bottlenose Dolphins. We also saw a different dolphin, much darker grey with a different dorsal fin; it might have been a Porpoise.
During this trip, the battery runs down very quickly, presumably with the fridge, however the Skipper discovered in this foam filled boat, there is virtually no insulation on one side of the fridge – another winter job is to install 2in plus of insulation. Last year in France, we connected to mains power in every marina, as it is part of the deal over there, unlike the UK.
We walked to Wembury to get some bread before the Skipper ran out!
A motor in the morning back to Cargreen and off-load all our stuff