Monthly Archives: June 2018

A Lazy Sail (or motor)

As retirees, we seem to be too busy to do much, however, in between everything else, we decided to go for a lazy sail, planning to anchor in Whitsand Bay under Rame Head. The forecast was a drifting wind from the East with sea breezes on top.

The Boss cooked one of her signature dishes – Quiche for our supper the day before and with mininal stuff, we got to the boat on Sat morning at half neap flood tide knowing we would have to motor against the current to get to the Sound. The Skipper raised the main on the mooring – sea breezes had come early, or rather we were late! We motor-sailed down the Tamar with the main helping most of the time. We unfurled the genoa and turned the motor off just by Drakes’s Island and sailed off towards the Eastern Entrance for a lazy sail to end up in Whitsand Bay.

By the time we were heading West towards our anchorage, the wind had veered from South and we were sailing on a fine reach making a good speed, to the South West where we were close-hauled, hard on the wind and not able to get around Penlee Point and Rame Head without several tacks. Technical Stuff Alert! The corolis effect causes sea breezes to veer (and plenty of other things as well!).  Consequently, our mainly southerly wind became SW. P.S. Corolis is the effect created by the earth spinning. Now, you really wanted to know that!

The upshot was we were not going to anchor in Whitsand which is open to the SW but in Cawsand Bay on the other side of the peninsular. We planned to meet G & B, but they were delayed helping out some other friends P & M who had engine problems and later problems with their genoa furling gear. We joined the 50 or so other boats in Cawsand for a late lunch, then tea and then a rowdy drinks do on our boat with G & B and P & M. There is a photo! But not here!

The evening ended with this:

The Sunset over Kingsand and Cawsand

As this was planned as a lazy weekend sail, we got up late, read the Saturday newspaper, had coffee, read some more. The Skipper rowed across to P & M’s boat becasue they were trying to sort out the furling gear; what they couldn’t see from the deck, I could see from our boat through binoculars was that the genoa halyard was twisting around the forestay as there was no guide to offset the feed of the halyard. That was the only exercise for the day!

After a lazy lunch, we set off after the other two boats had left; we tried the genoa but we were making more speed with the tide than with the wind! So we motored back to our mooring. We had a great time, unusually for us, doing very little in lovely weather with great friends. We hope to be away for a few more days later this week…..


A Favourite Port Re-visited

The Boss has proved that she is considerably better, on Fri 8 Jun, we loaded up for a short trip to Fowey. Our timing was such that we were sailing against the tide most of the time! It was neaps, so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

The wind generator has paid off because the batteries were fully charged when we got on board, unlike last year when the batteries, which were on their last legs, would be almost flat! We sailed downwind most of the way to Fowey from Plymouth Sound until the wind started to drop in the late afternoon about an hour before we arrived. The Fowey mooring buoys normally have a large ring on the top to thread the mooring line through; some now have a small shackle on the top that is far too small for a standard mooring threader. In the end, the Skipper had to lie on the deck and thread a thin line through. We couldn’t do that on our last boat with 1.5m freeboard at the bow! The mooring officer apologised but it appears that the thicker gauge of chain doesn’t work with the old mooring hoops, so customers of Fowey will have to put up with this until the Fowey Harbour Authority rethinks their “money saving” policy.

Moored in Pont Pill

The debate for the evening meal lasted all of 30 seconds; we went to The Ship and, as usual, the food was excellent.

Fowey from the Town Quay; we are moored in the middle of the pic

R & M weren’t in Fowey this time, so we went for a walk instead of sailing back to Newton Ferrers. We discovered later that it wasn’t busy as we thought and T & M from Avocet were in Cellar Bay playing with their new toy – a paddleboard!

View from above Fowey, looking East

On Sunday, we were up and away by 9 to sail back home. We were close-hauled all the way and only had to tack twice to get around Rame Head and we sailed up the river as far as the Ferries when the wind started to die again. Saltash were obviously having fun with their town regatta and we had to manouvre through the dinghies, rowing boats and other craft.


A Very Short Update

For the other reader of our blog:

The Boss is now much better, however, torn muscle(s) take a long time to heal! We were on the boat on Sun 3 Jun to remove stuff that we are beginning to need. The Skipper will be off for sail very soon, either solo or with friend(s).