Saturday, July 18, 2020

Stage 3, St Mawes to St Ives

Well, as often happens plans change. A lovely day on Sunday but little wind early and as things turned out little all day despite a forecast of "variable [force] 3 or less, occasionally [force] 4". I decided I might as well leave early and risk the tides at the Lizard, at least we were close to neaps and in the back of mind was the possibility of a stop for lunch in one of the little bays along the Lizard peninsular.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" off Pendennis
Passing Pendennis Point on the west side of the Fal.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" off St Anthony Head
And St Anthony Head on the east side.
After clearing St Anthony Head what little wind there was disappeared so I motored on, and on. Getting close to the Lizard and past the half dozen ships anchored there “for orders” I got to thinking and did some calculations, they showed that if I motored on across Mounts Bay I would arrive at the Runnel stone, south east of Lands End at about 17:00 almost the perfect time to get around Land’s end and that would enable me to get to St Ives, a good setting off point for the north and it would enable me to get quite a long way north before the forecast south westerly wind went to northwest or even north. So I pressed on.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" off Lands End

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" off Lands End

The Long Ships light with Lands end behind
The Long Ships light with Land's End behind.

 By cutting a few corners in the calm conditions I arrived for the rounding a bit earlier than ideal, slack water almost to Cape Cornwall rather than a helping tide, the rounding often quite challenging was straightforward and I final got to sail for a while with the big symmetrical spinnaker. I arrived off St Ives at 20:00, 60 miles on the clock.

Achilles 9 metre "Sancerre" off St Ives
St Ives
Slide show all of my pictures from St Mawes to St Ives. Page through by clicking the arrows or click in the centre of the pic to view from Flickr in a new window or full screen:

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