Sailing around Britain – delayed by bad weather

Date posted: 7 April 2014

Bit of a false start to sailing around Britain We did get on board on Saturday, but in the fog…what would have been the point and as poorer weather was due in on the Sunday/Monday we decided to delay our start.

This didn’t mean that I got to lay about relaxing! Thankfully the rain didn’t come in until later Saturday afternoon, so most of the work was completed in the dry. We moved the boat from the buoy over to Fowey Albert pontoon, but the water hadn’t been declared fit to drink yet ( apparently the water needs an annual inspection on a pontoon).

So we moved onto the RNLI pontoon and filled up there, cleaned the tanks and scrubbed the decks! We had davits fitted this winter at Tom’s boat yard in Polruan. These were carefully measured on the stern and fitted, what we  hadn’t really given any consideration to was the fact that our stern is bowed and not flat. So when the davits were fitted, we also fitted our new rings to the tender using the same measurements. But with the bow on the stern, this meant the end of the davits were ten inches wider than we had anticipated, meaning our rings are in the wrong place. So we have ordered new rings and will collect those from our son in Poole on route. Hey ho! lesson learnt!

We then moved the boat further up the river to Grid Iron. Were we spent a pleasant Sunday altering the straps for the davit that I had carefully sewn by machine. Dashing out between showers to try them, by the end of the day our tender was strung up to Sean’s satisfaction.

Today we are back home in Looe for a few hours as we had water pouring from our flat into the flat below! You see just as well we hadn’t ‘gone for it’.

We will be heading back on the five o’clock bus for dinner back on the boat this evening and an early night all ready for our escape tomorrow. The weather forecast  states its  gusts up to 28 mph, wind W/NW perfect, moderate seas, sounds like a good day to try out the new sails. We are going to make our first sail of the season an easy one, we are only heading to Kingsand, where we plan to anchor for the night, so much for the start of our adventure sailing around Britain.

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