I came up with yet another cunning plan which for once worked, by leaving quite early I would get a few hours fair tide up to Dodman point and arrive at Fowey around mid day by which time boats going east would be long gone and boats going west should be on their way on the west going tide, so there was a reasonable expectation of getting a mooring. And if the forecast improved I could make a last minute adjustment to the plan and anchor off of Polkerris near Par Sands.
The forecast did not get better on Saturday morning suggesting F4 - 6 cyclonic (that is changing in direction) and occasionally F7 in the west (probably west of Lands end but possibly further east) so I went with plan A.
I was a little late in leaving at 06:45 but there was little or no wind so it did not make much odds and I sailed in very light winds, with the cruising chute for much of the time, until the tide turned off Dodman a little after 10 and I started going backwards, so I put the engine on to get past and onto Fowey from which at least a dozen boats were leaving, a good indication I would get a mooring. Typically a light (later moderate) sailing breeze came up as I reached Cannis Rock buoy, just where I would normally be thinking of taking down a spinnaker to enter harbour.
|The Day Mark on Gribben Head approaching Fowey.|
|Fowey before the moorings were taken interrupting the view.|