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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.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Half-term cruising

After a very wet most-of-October, we have been very lucky to have bright sunshine for a half-term mini-cruise with a new crew aboard. Martha, Henry and Jasper joined us for a few days and we had a perfect start with a lovely gentle sail around to Salcombe yesterday.  Martha took a great photo as we rounded Start Point.

We had a couple of visits from porpoises as we sailed and we finished the 17nm passage with a little race against one of the Royal Navy's training yachts (we won!).

Today has been bright and sunny so, after a shore trip in the dinghy (for Cornish pasties, brought back to Maunie for lunch) the crew decided that the clear blue water was just far too good to miss. Swimming at the end of October, eh? 

We had to say no to a visit to the Salcombe Distillery 
The Captain says the water will be really warm!

Can't have been that cold - Martha and Jasper go back for more

The tide is about to turn in our favour so we'll set off for the River Yealm - probably motoring all the way (but only for about 3 hours) as there's not much wind at all.

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