We got hammered yesterday. No not drink (we wish) but a full gale at anchor off Falmouth town quay. What else should we have expected - when we arrived back in the UK into Falmouth last year, having sailed back from Les Sables D' Olonne, it was also blowing boots. The anchorage was full with everybody else trying to hide from the blow so we had to spend about 7 hours at the ready in case we dragged anchor or others dragged into us. By 10pm it eased off which meant at least we got get some sleep without having to stand watch.
We left Plymouth Yacht Haven marina 10 days ago. Didn't go far, just up the River Lyhner to catch our breath for a few days and try and find stuff that we have piled board. We then moved to Cawsand and anchored for a night before sailing to Fowey. A strange feeling looking back at Rame Head, not knowing when we will next see that headland or Plymouth. Rain and mist made for a damp passage but we did sail most of it although the wind was from the west.
Spent 3 days in Fowey. On the second night we moved upriver to Wisemans Reach as a southerly swell made the favoured visitors buoys very uncomfortable and potentially dodgey with the possibility of spreaders hitting on the rock and roll.
A pleasant sail to Famouth was rounded off superbly by a school of porpoises meeting us just off Black Rock at the entrance to Falmouth Harbour. Magic stuff. We had intended to pick up a visitors bouy off the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club but all were taken so we opted to anchor off the Falmouth Yacht Haven. A good choice as it happend as we were able to anchor close into shore which gave us some protection from the southerly gale 2 days later. The big bonus being it's a lot cheaper (and closer to the excellent showers!) than using one of the visitor buoys.
Big decision time now. Do we hang about hoping for a stable high pressure to settle over the UK so that we can visit the Isles of Scilly in decent weather or do do we take advantage of the next cold front passing through and head south? M'mmm, decisions, decisions - time to ponder over a beer.
Falmouth Town Anchorage
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