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Peaceful night tied up alongside Ruan Pontoon up the Truro River. All except for the party boat!!
Coffee this morning on board “Tudora”, a beautiful wooden motor cruiser. Wow! Then on up the river for a final sightsee, followed by a part-sail to the entrance. Now having a cracking sail in a 14 kt north-westerly on our way to Fowey.
Peaceful night off Porthpean in a “cyclonic” 3 knots. A bit of a swell developed from the East. Gone by 9 and had short afloat visit to Mevagissey. (Polkerro yesterday). Now past Dodman Point and sailing nicely in a 13 kt easterly (nice) in the sun. G resting nicely😄😄
This is the only way to get G to rest. Go cruising where there is nothing else for her to do but relax. Sorted😄😄 We are near Looe heading West, sailing in 9 knots of wind in sunshine.
Well, the final day (not originally intended) was a difficult one. Decided to sail back to the UK on Sunday because the wind forecast featured a few hours of south-westerly winds, which would be very useful. So, in order to catch the west-going tide, we exited Braye harbour at 02:00 precisely. Motored for five hours, party in the dark, due west against a westerly wind in order to avoid the traffic separation system. Once clear, turned towards Dartmouth and motor-sailed and sailed for the next 8 hours in winds gusting to 20 knots. Hard work.
Within about 10 miles of Dartmouth and receiving 3G, we were able to study the weather forecasts. It turned out that neither Monday, nor Tuesday, would be very good for a passage to Plymouth, whereas now, the wind was least unfavourable and the tide was about to turn west. So, a quick course alteration to port and another 6 hours later, we were on a pontoon at Mayflower. (99 nm in just over 18 hours – epic) An unexpected and sudden end to our second odyssey, which we have both thoroughly enjoyed
Not sure where we might go next year, but we are definitely going somewhere!!!
Below is what turned out to be our ‘last supper’ on board in a ‘foreign’ land. You can see that there is not a lot of point in going out to a restaurant!!!!!!
I’m not sure if anyone has been reading this blog, but, if you have, thank you and I hope you have enjoyed it.
G’s final ‘Take’ will probably be posted tomorrow
Hired bikes today and set off relatively early (for us) to cycle around Alderney. What a great island. Unlike Sark, which was disappointing, there is a coastal path for much of the coastline. Sunny, windy, but warm. A great ride. When we asked about bikes at the hire shop, we were asked if we had reserved any because all the electric bikes were reserved!!! No, thank you very much. We just want ordinary bikes. He then proceeded to show us the best route, pretty much all on tarmac roads, the total length of which was about 8 miles!! Electric bikes??? Ye gods!!
Now for the ‘hard slog”. When we set out in early May, we were experiencing perpetual easterly winds. So, going east in order to begin with the Channel Islands made no sense and we set off for Roscoff which was pretty much due south from Plymouth. Now, we have nearly completed our trip and, tomorrow, we need to sail almost due west back to Plymouth. And the wind?? Perpetual westerlies. It’s going to be a hard slog. At the moment, the wind is about 15 knots from the west. We will be leaving here at about 02:00 to catch the first of the favourable tide. Oh, we have to avoid a traffic separation system as well. Hey Ho!!!
Absolutely loved the quietness of Beaucette marina. Even stayed an extra night. The day after arrival saw us catching the bus (£1 each) into St Peter Port and, amongst other things, looking at the marina and agreeing that we were pleased not to have stopped there. Finished up with a bus trip around the island (£1 each). Day 2 saw us hiring bikes and cycling the 23 miles all the way around. The north part of the island has lots of cycle tracks, but not the south. Day 3 saw us doing the laundry, having a longish walk, until it rained, and, finally, eating at the ‘gold medal’ restaurant at the marina. Fantastic seafood = heaven!!
Yesterday, we sailed over to Sark, picked up a mooring in Havre Gosselin, rowed ashore in the dinghy and explored the island, in the rain. We got pretty wet. Obviously, once we got back to the boat it stopped raining!!! Still, we had time for G to see the famous La Coupée. Back on board, a swell developed which became uncomfortable. So, a quick decision and we motor/sailed around the island and dropped our hook in Dixcart Bay. It proved to be no better and we had an uncomfortable night rolling in the swell.
Next morning, brilliant sunshine and we made an early start for Alderney. Great Sail. We sailed through the Swinge with a very favourable tide (5 knots??) and following wind (12 knots). Even so, the chart warns of “dangerous overfalls” and it wasn’t joking. Big standing waves, which could have proved to be very unpleasant!
Now safely moored in Braye Harbour and G is catching up on her sleep, whilst I try to pick the wheat from the chaff amongst the Brexit news items.
Waiting on the mooring for the tide to rise and cover the cill, which one can’t see from the mooring, when out pops the harbourmaster in a rib to ask how long we’re staying and tell us that will come back at the appropriate time and lead us to our berth.
Soon we are tied up to the widest and longest finger that we can recall, which makes tying up so very easy.
This marina is sooooo quiet and remote and exactly what we wanted.
Fact: the most helpful two marina masters, by a distance, have been at Saint Quay (an Australian) and at Beaucette (an Irishman). Must tell us something.
Today, we took the bus into St Peter Port (£1 each)and saw the marina. Yuk. Very pleased to be were we are.