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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Monday, 27 May 2019

The end of the cruise

Well, that was a really excellent 3 week cruise - we covered 782nm and discovered some excellent new anchorages as well as re-visiting old haunts. Here is a final selection of photos from Scilly to Dartmouth:

The view of Porthcressa from the east - in the foreground are some great allotments shielded from the wind by high hedges

Impressive rock formations at the SE point of St Mary's

Our hike around the SE coast of St Mary's took us past the final resting place of PM Harold Wilson....

…. and past the end of the airport runway

When the siren sounds, walkers must give way to incoming planes!

Having visited the southernmost Australian vineyard (on Bruny Island, Tasmania), it only seemed right to stop at the southernmost British vineyard
The downside of all this lovely sunny weather in Scilly was, of course, a distinct lack of wind so we left the islands at 05.30 in glassy conditions:

A larger-than average sea mammal - we had a whale take an interest in us

Unfortunately, we only managed to catch this very brief video clip:

Calm conditions allowed us to pass close to Lizard Point (normally you'd keep well clear)

RNLI action as we approached Falmouth
 We anchored off St Mawes, next to sister-ship Quahog, and had a misty start to the following morning:

 Whilst in St Mawes we took the opportunity to visit the beautifully-maintained 16th century castle:

So Maunie is now back on her mooring and the next excitement for us is to haul her out at Baltic Wharf in Totnes in about 3 weeks' time for some serious TLC. Hard work and probably not much fun for us, but she deserves it.

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