Wed 18 May
The windlass that failed the check on our last trip is now with the scrap metal dealers as it’s proper bust! There’s no chance for getting it repaired, so the holes have now been filled with sealant.
We’ve loaded the boat with all our stuff for the trip (in 2 journeys from home) and today everything is now ready to go. Our friends D & A invited us along for lunch, only to find that we were gate-crashing E’s birthday with M & H as well. Many thanks for the lovely lunch and for keeping our car safe. I’m sure the swallows will be nice to us in the barn!
Back on board after lunch, we now think everything is in the right place, but time will tell to depart Cargreen around 10.
Thu 19 May
Clearly, we’ve got soft, ‘cos it was cold last night and we were wearing loadsa bedclothes! We managed to get everything done and ready to depart for 09:30 (perhaps 30 mins early!)
The forecast was W 3-4 occasionally 5 and showers; well the showers was correct but the wind never got above F3 and most of the way it was F2 or less! At least the sea was smooth to slight. Everything worked until we got to Fowey when we decided to moor alongside the upper pontoon. Once we were settled, the mooring officers advised us that a Salcombe group had booked the pontoon but the previous shift who watched us come alongside but did nothing. We moved up-river to the Gridiron pontoon, which is even quieter, especially when the forecast F5 – F6 arrive in the next day or so, which it didn’t!
Next to us was Valerie, a Rival 32. We invited N & S for tea and later joined them for some wine after dinner. We had most enjoyable conversations.
Fri 21 May
The wind was due to be SW veering SE Force 3-4 occasionally 5. We took the opportunity to sail to Falmouth, actually in company with Valerie, leaving around 09:30. The Boss nipped ashore for a quick bit of shopping (milk & bread) before an enjoyable sail full and bye (just off being closed-hauled). At times, our speed through the water exceeded 6 knots, not bad for a 34ft yacht. The new sails are brilliant! We decided to go close to Dodman Point as the sea was not as bad as we thought and got to the Falmouth Yacht Haven in just under 4½ hours. We’re tied up alongside next to some sail training yachts for sea cadets.
Looking forward to fish and chips and the UK’s best fish and chip shop – Harbour Lights, a shower and a good walk, but not necessarily in that order!