St Michaels Mount to Falmouth 34.4nm Sailing around Britain 2014

Date posted: 4 September 2014

We all slept very well under the protection of St Michaels Mount, I would now have no hesitation in recommending an anchorage here, especially if there is any east in the wind.

We left our anchorage at 8.45am and moved out from the shelter of St Michaels Mount into Mounts Bay. Here the full realization of how protected we were hit us, we had a moderate to rough, tide against wind sea, and as we glanced back to our anchorage on the protected side of the castle the sea state was flat calm!

Leaving St Michaels Mount

Leaving St Michaels Mount

There was poor visibility today, we were shrouded in sea fog, we could see for about a mile, but that was it, so my images will appear rather murky, which is accurate.

Our first tack into Mounts bay was at 143’ which meant we could use the foresail and by doing so meant we moved a knot faster (every little helps). We kept this tack for 9.4 miles, Marian did the passage planning and decided quite rightly to take us as suggested in the almanac 3nm off the lizard, to avoid the worst of the over falls, and tide against wind sea conditions.

I sat in the bow of the boat, my usual position and caught up with a few emails and a blog entry.

Viv Sullivan working as she goes, thank goodness for our wifi

Viv Sullivan working as she goes, thank goodness for our wifi

We saw a number of dolphins today playing in our bow wave, they seemed to only stay with us for a few minutes at a time, but I managed to catch one on my phone camera, leaping through the water ahead of us.

dolphin

Dolphins playing on the bow

Again crab pots were an issue, in the rough seas, quite frequently we were almost on top of the black buoys (old oil drums) before we saw them. I think there should be a requirement that pots are marked with a designated colour buoy; preferable orange or yellow, and that they should be a reasonable standard size, I don’t think there are many boat users that would disagree.

Unlike us, all those coming in the opposite direction had a cracking sail

Unlike us, all those coming in the opposite direction had a cracking sail

The lizard was glimpsed through the fog, and other than an interesting assortment of boats passing us in the opposite direction, we didn’t see too much else. I called up a local boat out of Falmouth, who was running sea safaris and informed him that we had seen a number of bottle nose dolphins and gave him a general direction, but that was it for six hours.

 

On arrival at Falmouth we called into the fuelling pontoon and topped up, the fuel here was £1.44p per litre. Then moved ourselves onto the pontoon, today feels like we have arrived home, the marina is familiar, as is the town. The cost per night in the marina is £25 per night, with £1 electric cards, the showers are free, the washing is £4.50 a load and an additional £1.50 to dry it.

Coming into Falmouth, where family and friends are due to join us

Coming into Falmouth, where family and friends are due to join us

No sooner had we moored up than we shot off to see our adopted son, he came to us as a foster placement when he was ten, he was only meant to be with us for one night, but actually never left! Smashing to catch up with Shane and his girlfriend Cath, we had a very enjoyable evening with them.

Tomorrow we are going to try our hand at catching some of the mackerel that come into the harbour in their hundreds chasing the whitebait, apparently its about the same time every evening. The locals are stood on the quay pulling the fish out six at a time, it would be lovely to make some mackerel pate.

Simon cooked this evening and we had a beef stew and apricot dish, with carrot and mash potato, broccoli, all of which was delicious.

Tomorrow our friend Mike joins us again for the last leg of the journey home back to Fowey. Our daughter Cassie and her husband Ben are coming aboard with Shane and Cath for dinner. The five months have flown by, now reality kicks back in, gardening, shopping, WORK, Oh my goodness, and what on earth am I going to cook for nine people for dinner tomorrow!!!

 

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