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Summer 2014 Part III – Ships!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11, 2016 by maidofmettle

It was a pretty grim morning when I headed over towards Falmouth for the start of the festival.

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This was my first glimpse of the assembled ships.

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I headed up the Penryn River to Greenbank first, but found there wasn’t enough water there to anchor in on spring tides (another bit of knowledge tucked away), and went back nearer to Falmouth itself to enjoy the rain for the rest of the day.

Happily the next morning was much better for a row around to have a good nose before everything got busier at the weekend. There was also a bonus of meeting up with friends on moorings and in the anchorage en route.


It also gave access to some interesting views.. this is a Polish sail training ship, the largest vessel there.


Later on I went for a quick blast out round Black Rock before picking up a different mooring – very boisterous sailing with only the one foresail up and all three reefs in the mainsail. Good fun for a short while ūüôā


I also made the trek up the hill to my favourite CD shop – this is the view back over the harbour from nearby.


and this is the Fishermen’s Friends performing in the evening.


I couldn’t resist a row around the ships in the dark – although I did pay for some exciting photo opportunities by getting utterly drenched in a brief shower not long after this!


I’d been talking with my friends Rupert and Susie about meeting up when they sailed down to see the Tall Ships, but they were currently beset by south-westerlies having had various earlier delays. So after a chat in the evening they did the next best thing and came down on the train to meet me in Falmouth. Here they are as we started exploring the ships..

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and here are some views across the now very busy harbour.

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The anchorage was busier than ever – happily although the wind was strong there didn’t seem to be any issues with boats dragging their anchors.

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The firework display that evening was pretty impressive ūüôā especially over water, though a boat isn’t the best platform for taking photographs in the dark…

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The next morning we started off early while things were peaceful, except for a rather beautiful little liner turning round.. IMGP3286

and headed round to anchor up in a good viewing spot just east of the docks – not only a good position, but even better a chance to catch up with Nick Skeates on Wylo II. I’ve now met Nick in Penryn, Las Palmas, St Mawes, Percuil, Falmouth and up the Fal and always immensely enjoyed his enthusiasm, expertise and treasure trove of yarns.

Gradually more and more boats started to trickle out of Falmouth..


..and several more joined our little steel boat anchorage section. Nick’s Wylo II is on the left of the picture and the two boats anchored in the right of the picture are sister ships, all built to Nick’s design.


Another metal boat – but rather bigger! (the Polish sail training ship again)


Though for looks my favourite is probably the lugger Greyhound in the centre here, with various other smacks and working boats under sail in the background.

(Greyhound was actually built very recently in Cornwall and offers day sailing, longer term crewing and shipping of cargo – see )


We had a cup of tea with Nick while waiting for the chaos in Carrick Roads to clear more as well, and then got under way to follow the fleet up-channel.


Since several classes of ships were still jollying around for the start of the race we were catching up for a while and got quite a decent view through binoculars, though as the racing started they began to pull away.


Happily the clouds followed them, leaving a beautiful afternoon for sailing, with towering white sails gleaming on the horizon to look at.


We could still see stern lights glinting on the horizon in the dusk as we tacked in to anchor off Gorran Haven.

The next day dawn didn’t really break until the evening – the view was still like this as we entered Plymouth Sound..

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but later that evening we had a beautiful walk up to the heights above Cawsand and Kingsand.

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The next morning was rather clearer!

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Clear and calm – the perfect occasion for an early morning swim.

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I took advantage of the calm conditions and extra hands and eyes to sort out a problem with the outboard engine’s tilt mechanism, and when a light breeze came up we tacked northwards..

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although somehow by the time we reached the Narrows it had swung round and let us sail straight up – a perfect ending to the holiday!

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 by maidofmettle

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Posted in Uncategorized on August 8, 2011 by maidofmettle

I’ve been meaning to share these before the last couple of passages, but as this is easily the longest it’s certainly better late than never. They’re actually on the next entry which needs the following password –

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Leaving the Guadiana

Posted in Photographs, Uncategorized with tags on July 16, 2010 by maidofmettle

Tomorrow we hope to leave the river!

Yes, I know we’ve been here a while but I think we all agree that it is a really nice place so that’s ok.

Next ‘plan’ (obviously there’s no such thing as a plan with boats) leave the river, turn right, go along the Portugese coast for a few days before embarking on our longest passage yet…

Heading back out

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2010 by maidofmettle

It is with some trepidation and a few heebie jeebies (especially on my part) that we will be heading back out to Portugal tomorrow.¬† I have enjoyed being in England, especially being able to catch up with my friends and family so it will be very hard going back.¬† Sailing is hard work mentally as well as physically as you are never sure what is going to happen next.¬† I am¬†more than a¬†little worried about the sea state and the prospect of more sea sickness¬†given that our previous sail was quite rough but am assured that¬†the waves were only that steep because we were fairly near the coast where it gets shallow suddenly.¬† That, and the fact we left when the wind was probably a tad too windy for us.¬† I suppose it is only by giving it another go (and in a better forecast) that we get to find out for ourselves what it’s really like.¬†

 However, despite the worries we look set to try and have some more adventures in the Canaries and maybe even Madeira so that will hopefully be fun and most likely challenging.  Anyway, if it all gets a bit much it will be easy enough to fly home again.


Posted in Uncategorized on March 28, 2009 by maidofmettle

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