At last! We have set off on our sailing trip for 2016, about 4 months late. The delay started with the extended time upgrading the deck; then came waiting for an operation, which did happen and now the Skipper is much better but still unfit; family events got in the way. Finally, after both of us getting over the nasty cough virus that’s been doing the rounds, we set off on Tue 9 Aug towards Fowey.
We motored-sailed down the river from Cargreen to the Bridge by Drake’s Island and sailed, close-hauled most of the way to Fowey but motored for the last hour.
We have now convinced ourselves that we really do need new sails because the current suit are really stretched meaning that we could not get them flat enough in the 15 – 22 knots of wind. (A purchase for this winter.)
Fowey is probably our favourite port, so we stayed here for 4 nights (now over half-way to getting our 7th night free on our loyalty card!) As we are both unfit after several months of inactivity, we went on fairly gentle walks, first to Gribben Head and then to Lantic Bay on the 2nd day.
On Sat 13 Aug, we set off fairly early towards Falmouth, hoping to sail some of the way in more gentle breezes. Instead we got wet from drizzle and some rain, motor-sailing in the head-winds until after lunch, when the sun came out and the wind veered and we had a great sail that suited our baggy sails! Plenty of boats, including a fleet of Falmouth classic boats under full sail came past on their way to Fowey Regatta. We’ve escaped the madness!
We moored up the River Fal on a pontoon up from King Harry’s ferry and all is very quiet, in bright sunshine and supper on deck.The Smugglers Inn has closed and appears to be a private house.
The following morning we motored up the river to Malpas and back down to anchor off Trellisick House at the North end of the harbour. The house is now partially open and the gardens are as good as ever. The hydrangeas were lovely, however, not surprisingly we missed the rhododendrons!
On Monday morning, the winds were forecast to increase to Easterly F5-6, so we sort-of sailed down to Falmouth Yacht Haven for a few days. We were on the inside and only pitched during the gusts or when boats went past, so at night it was quiet. After 3 days, we’re still here!