A period of prolonged, settled and sunny weather has meant that the sailing hasn't been great but it has allowed us to explore and enjoy the wonderful Cornish scenery. A couple of days at anchor in Falmouth allowed us to catch up with our Best Man, Simon, plus Kerry and their daughters Belle and Charlie. We also saw a familiar vessel in the docks:
We then moved on, all of about five miles, to the Helford River - another memorably beautiful spot.
|On a visitors' mooring on the Helford River|
|The pretty hamlet of Helford|
|Of course, we had to have a cheeky beer at the Shipwrights Arms|
Our sailing adventures always seem to involve an improbable coincidence so we shouldn't have been surprised when we were hailed by a couple in a dinghy as they passed our mooring. Sally and Mike sailed their boat, Jacaranda, around the world in a very quick two years and we watched them sail off towards Panama when we were in St Lucia. They now have a new boat and a dog, so it was wonderful to catch up with them over a couple of drinks.
We also arranged to meet up with Melaine and Chris, whom we first met in New Zealand several years ago. They live locally, so we had a great pub lunch with them and they came aboard for coffee. It's good to keep these contacts going!
To bring things up to date, today we had a gentle sail back across to Falmouth and up the river to a visitors' pontoon about 2 miles from Truro. It's a magical spot but the river delivers some surprises as you get into the narrow but deep upper sections:
|The King Harry chain ferry|
|A couple of moth-balled car transporter ships moored in the river, waiting for an upturn in international trade|
|The visitors' pontoon, with a lovely wooden pilot cutter moored up|
|Traditional wooden gaffer to the right and a modern fibreglass one to the left|
|A perfectly calm evening|
All good things must come to an end, unfortunately, so we have to start thinking about heading back to Dartmouth. The long-range forecast threatens strong easterlies in a few days, which wouldn't be great for us, so we'll probably start heading east on Sunday to stay ahead of them. We'll be sorry to leave this part of Cornwall, though.