Falmouth, seaward and onward, we headed out into the relatively smooth waters, east towards Dartmouth. Beautiful farmland laying like a patchwork atop the coastlines dramatic cliffs. Sailing in close in the rare sunshine we were able to appreciate this beautiful Cornwall coast. Pirate lairs and dark history now basking in benign beauty.
|Coastline east of Falmouth.|
A mere 36nm, and we managed to make it last all day. A detour into Fowey rewarded with the water view of this small, pretty port town. Nestled on a narrow and crowded waterway bristling with the inevitable castles.
Weather turned a bit rough overnight and when we pulled out at zero dark hundred the sea level cloud had shrouded the coast in grey mush. We ploughed on east to Dartmouth, a further 33 miles.
Arrival well before dark enabled us to get anchored and dingy ashore to have a quick look around before the arrival of Pam and Jon Choate ex "Tweed", sailing friends from years together in Queensland and Asia. The harbor master charges twelve pound per day to anchor here because the river bed is owned by Prince Charles!!!.
Pam and Jon arrived on Saturday morning so we sat round on Taipan and reminisced over victuals. Sunday was raining cats and dogs but we braved the weather, moved the car across the river and had a brief explore. In the afternoon we had a good look round this neat little village of Dart. Took a drive out to the Agatha Christy mansion "Greenhills" although we didn't go in, and generally enjoyed a little touring including Brixham and the replica ship Golden Hind which Sir Francis Drake used to circumnavigate the globe between 1577-80.
|Replica of Drakes Golden Hind. Brixham.|
Next stop Poole to get on with some of the repairs which have been waiting in the wings.
The 8 month old vane pump on the Spectra Watermaker has failed. This will have to be returned to the US before they will replace it with a new one under warranty. Spectra has always been one of our top 10 companies for service but since it was sold it has plummeted to the bottom of the list.
|Jon, Pam, David and Kris. in front of a Medieval house believed to have been built around 1380.|
We will leave Dartmouth and stop over in Weymouth before making Poole on Wednesday.
More Photos from the UK South Coast.