First there was a bit of engine maintenance
|Click on this picture for video|
The following day, moored a little upriver from Fowey was glorious sunshine, so mrs grumpy was restored to mrs happy!
I get to do the rowing because I love rowing. We rowed/drifted upriver a bit further and had a lovely walk along the riverbank in Golant, upriver from Fowey
Then, refreshed and restored we set of for Falmouth. The winds were very light and coming from behind the boat, so we had the two sails out, one on each side, which is called a goosewing. One of my favourite, and one of the few self explanatory, nautical terms I know.
Below is a very similar video with me at the helm, smiling! (and note the calibrated log at the end showing 6 knots)
The wind gradually picked up and we had a great sail, particularly because it's about the first time I haven't felt at all sea sick or stressed. Here's St Antony's Head lighthouse at the entrance to Falmouth.
We then spent a week in wet and windy Falmouth. We went ashore a few times (more rowing opportunities for me), walked here and there, ate lunch in cafes, visited the maritime museum, admired the J class yachts and met up with two lots of friends who also happened to be down there.
Some days we stayed on the boat and read books, watched boats going in and out and did jobs such as rope splicing
Oh yes, and we did a bit of sailing (not much) and took some friends on a trip upriver, part motoring, part sailing. It would be nice to think we did a lot of this..(home made elderflower champagne of course)
But unfortunately there weren't many evenings it was warm enough to sit outside, it's only June after all!
We had a few lovely sunsets
A very foggy last day. (this is the same view as the sunset one)
|This is us setting off, taken by friends from the shore|
The owl and the Pussy cat finally set to sea.