Nine friends in the TBA met in Dartmouth on Fri 30th June with no planned destination, so a planning meeting was held and the group decided to head west and depending on sea & wind conditions to see where we would get to.
Five boats left on the Saturday lunchtime to sail to Salcombe, leaving Steve in Samba to catch us up on Sunday as he was playing in the Samba band Sat eve.
Salcombe harbour staff as usual were very accommodating and got us all moored together.
Sunday morning we left for the river Yealm.
Steve caught up with us and managed to moor up at 10.15pm and looked fairly shattered.
Now for the unfortunate news with Jonathan experiencing serious boat problems he had to return to Dartmouth. Four boats left for Fowey Monday morning leaving Chris & Veronica who were staying in the Yealm for a couple of days before having to return home for appointments.
Every evening we would all meet up to discuss what out plans , timings and arrangements would be for the next day.
The sailing crews were overwhelmed when a large pod of Dolphins swam in front and around their boats.
Arriving in Fowey the evening was spent having a party and finalising our plans for going onto Falmouth. The sea conditions were good but the wind variable for those sailing.
Arriving in Falmouth our first stop was Falmouth Haven Marina for some well deserved showers as the day had been very hot.
We all went to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club for our evening meal which ended up a really good days cruising. Keith suggested going next day up river to a very quiet pontoon just off Tregothnan Deer Park. On waking up the following morning we discovered the magical beauty of such a tranquil location with the sun yes again up and bright to eat breakfast by.
Later that day (Wednesday) we sailed to St Mawes anchoring just off the harbour. An afternoon walk to St Anthony Lighthouse and gun battery guarding the harbour. Also visiting a wonderful bird hide looking over the nearby cliffs. The walk allowed us to stretch our legs. The Cornish Pasties we ate along the way were something to die for.
Friday we set off to return directly to the Yealm, some 40 miles. Unfortunately the wind was light and sea smooth so for the sailors it was a long old haul. It was the turn of Pip & Julie this time to see dolphins around their boat.
We all went to the Yealm Yacht Club and enjoyed a fantastic tasty meal ant a very good price. (We all recommend this location for a meal if you are ever in the Yealm)
Friday Tonique Two left at 9am to return direct to Dartmouth as they had a granddaughters birthday on the Sunday. The others sailed on to Salcombe as the wind was quiet light. Again the three boats all moored together on a buoy.
Saturday they left for home with the wind extremely light making the journey a bit slow.
The weather for the week was dry, very hot especially at night with clear visibility and idea sea conditions.
It was a probably the best cruise so far with a some great sailors making it a most relaxing friendly trip.
Photos from the trip will be on the web site ‘Gallery’ very soon, but please be patient as many are still to be received from other crews on the cruise.
St Anthony Lighthouse
Yealm Yacht Club Meal