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Bizarre reception (again)

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Explain it to me!  It is now Friday, and we are anchored in the River Erme and there is, truly, not a house in sight.  Yet, I am able to do this blog on 4G through my phone.  Yesterday, on a pontoon in Salcombe with houses all around, there was no signal at all.  So, not blog yesterday.

I told them, it’s spelt Karen

Yesterday, G really wanted to go on the steam train to Paignton.  So, as a late birthday present, I took her.  One more year and we would have saved a £1 in a concession to her. Anyway, with all the kids at school, it was all older people.  Acting like kids.  Heads out to windows.  Walking up and down.  Talking loudly.  “Ooo, it’s a tunnel” etc etc.  And that was just G.  Anyway, she enjoyed it and thanked for the late present.

Then, off we set for Salcombe.  A little late for the tide, but I tried, unsuccessfully, not to keep moaning about it.  “If we hadn’t gone etc etc “.  Beautiful day again.  Wind not quite favourable, but ok until Start Point.

Start Point looking brilliant (again)

After Start Point, made decent progress to Prawle Point, but slow afterwards for a couple of miles.  “If we hadn’t gone etc etc”.  No sympathy from G, totally relaxed and unstressed!

Out-of-season in Salcombe, so, fantastic, we were able to moor up against the pontoon off Town Quay.  Brilliant and only £16.50.  After dinner, a walk around town.  Very peaceful night and woke up to a cloudless, windless, morning.  Bliss

With so little wind (and, in any case, on the nose), we motored gently with the tide past Bolts Head & Tail.  Then into the little bay of Burgh Island and motor on into the Erme.

In the River Erme, at anchor, with 4G.  Life doesn’t get better

Any way the wind blows

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This is probably our last sail this year.  Found three ‘spare’ days and, as luck should have it, the weather looks to be very good (for the time of year).  Today, 10 to 16 knots from the west persuaded us to give up our planned Rendezvous with Steve & David off Looe, 15 nm to the wost, and, following a U-turn head east.  We had a cracking sail past Salcombe and around Start Point where the sun made an appearance for the rest of the day.

Start Point in Sunshine and a following wind.  It doesn’t get better.

Despite a foul tide, the wind carried us around to Dartmouth without drama and in very good time.  Fantastic.  Plenty of room at Darthaven Marina where they were on half-price winter rates.  However, with harbour dues, it was still £27.50!

Steam engine at Kingswear.  Right next to the marina.

Caught the ferry in the evening and had a stroll around Dartmouth.  Nearly bought a painting for £10950, but the studio was closed.

Tomorrow, the wind is forecast to veer to the north!  Happy days!

Charlestown (woops) & Back

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Just two days available, but a great trip to a from Charlestown.  No wind and bright sunshine going.  So we were able to hug the coast in a waveless calm.  Rowed ashore to see Charlestown.  Very commercialised with pubs and restaurants galore.  A couple of run-down old boats and pay to go on the inner dockside.  Anyway, it warrants a visit, especially be sea.

Tides out at Charlestown in the outer harbour (Hope the image corrects itself – I can’t)

A very peaceful night at anchor off the harbour and anchor aweigh at about 07.30.  Another  millpond, but overcast.  Motoring at about 4 knots close to the coastline.  Off Looe, 8 knots of wind has filled in from the north-west. Bliss – a bit of sun, no waves to talk of, a gently offshore wind from behind and a gentle sail back towards Plymouth  Oh – and absolutely no traffic or crowds. Hey ho.

Perfect day to end our third long journey

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Sunny all day and, in the main, a good wind on the starboard quarter which gave us some good sailing.  Wind died off for a while and gave us the chance to motor into Gorran Haven and PortMellon – both fabulous looking places – especially to drop anchor in suitable conditions.

Now back in our berth at Mayflower and enjoying our evening on board (the 12th anniversary of our first meeting at the sailing club at Cheddar)

Then, tomorrow, we clean the boat down and off back home.  Can’t wait to see family and friends again – not to mention picking up a golf club, cycling up the gorge and some trips on the Pan.

We achieved our aims of seeing Staffa, travelling the Caledonian Canal and visiting the Orkneys and the Outer Hebrides.  Unfortunately, as is typical in Scotland, poor weather prevented extensive cruises to see South Uist and anchor off Staffa so as to go ashore.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my blog and G’s Take.  France next year.

Close to the Final of This Latest Journey

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Wow!! Dawn just off Newquay.  Note the placid conditions

A great, but long, sail which got us all the way back to St Mawes, where we are now anchored.  The only shocker was the 18 kts on the nose just off the Lizard when the forecast was no more that 8.  Lumpy!!

Our options were St Mawes, Fowey or Plymouth, but decided to ‘cut it short’ and have a nice relaxing final ‘away’ night on board.

Flat calm off St Mawes – first time the entire two months – both in shorts

Horrible, but now brilliant

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Carried on past Fishguard and all looked good, but, by the time we reached Ramsey Sound and the sun had set, it was misty and damp. Yuk. Visibility was so poor that we avoided Jack Sound! Anyway, soon after midnight, we dropped anchor and headed for some shut-eye.

Today had been a beautiful day and we set off at midday for Lands End.

G talking to the dolphins

Great sail, beautiful sunset and a half moon on a cloudless night. Currently dawning and just off Newquay in a light easterly. Cruising at its best. Oh, and lots of dolphins

It’s getting warmer (wore shorts yesterday

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Friday proved to continue with the 20+ kt winds. Caught the train and visited the Titanic Experience (what was Belfast before). Well worth the visit. Lots of history re shipbuilding etc. Silent on cause of catastrophe!!

Woke early on Saturday to little wind. Left asap. Day started well and finished well, but the 10 hours in between were excruciating with 23 kt winds which were not forecast, with waves and rain to match. Forgettable!! At least we were 90 miles further south. Arrived in the dark.

Sunday was windy and ‘on the nose’ so stayed put. Beautiful sunny day. With shorts on, we walked to and scrambled up the nearby ‘peak’ (Copa). Great walk which included a close-up of South Stack.

Monday has been a great day. Left Holyhead at about 06:00 and caught the tide around the two stacks. Sailed, motored & motorsailed in no more than about 10 kts. It’s been sunny. Currently, near Fishguard and, as the tide is about to turn in our favour, have decided to carry on to Dale. It’s getting warmer with lighter winds. Such pleasure. We might keep the boat after all.