We’re off towards Dartmouth via R. Yealm

There have been lots of family stuff, visits etc and by Mon 20 May, we’re now ready to set off for a month or so in the Channel Is and France. Loading day was Mon; Tue saw us back on the boat to set off on Wed.

Mon 20 May – Wed 22 May

Whenever we go away, we always seem to take loadsa stuff. The Skipper made two journeys to load up with clothes, walking gear and stuff. On Tue afternoon, we took mostly food and the few things that we had forgotten the previous day and then we packed it away in places that we would forget; the Skipper would the Boss doesn’t! On Wed morning, the tide was ebbing and it took us down river at a reasonable speed to Mayflower marina to fill up with some fuel, but mostly water which was empty. After a mug of tea we set out into Plymouth Sound, where we managed to sail for about 2 hours – a first this season. We finished the day on a visitor’s mooring in the R. Yealm.

Thu 23 May

After a few exchanges of texts with J & E, they came across from Cawsand and joined us for an hour or so before they went back home. It was great seeing them after quite some time.

We did a bit of tidying and cleaning, and went for a walk from the ferry steps on the Wembury side to Clitters Wood. The Yealm is always a pleasant spot.

R. Yealm looking South from Clitters Wood

Cuchulainn on a visitors mooring inthe R. Yealm

Fri 24 May

Time and tide wait for no sailors, we were therefore up in good time to catch the tide around Start Point towards Dartmouth with a forecast of W or NW 3-4 occasionally 5. My usual rant: what did we get 1 – 2 – 3 W or SW, later it became all over the place. We mostly motor-sailed with an hour or so of engine-less sailing.

We pre-booked a berth at Darthaven marina in a good place to escape on Sun when we head off towards Guernsey.

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