The trip around the lizard was in blustery conditions with the wind varying between F4 and F6 but mainly F5, with the tide against the wind I was sure to give Lizard Point a wide berth. With the wind in the NE there was a reasonable chance of going direct to The Isles of Scilly arriving in day light but that was not to be as the wind backed to the east making it a slower (and uncomfortable) dead run and the forecast suggested the wind would drop substantially. As I did not want to arrive in the dark I headed into Mounts Bay to spend the night.
Newlyn it not good in an easterly and anchoring off potentially very uncomfortable, even untenable. That leaves anchoring off Mousehole behind the island or, my preference behind St Michael's Mount, the pilot was however somewhat equivocal saying the latter was only suitable in settled conditions, so I rang up a sailing contact who sails from the Fal and Helford, he in turn contacted a friend who has sailed the waters for 60 years and in his early years fished them professionally, his recommendation was emphatically for St Michael's Mount so there I went to spend a peaceful night.
|Approaching St Michael's Mount|
|From the anchorage.|
|Marazion from the anchorage.|
|Gannets find a shoal of fish.|
|Almost there and clearing the strong tide so calmer water, Peninnis Head,|
the southern tip of St Mary's guarding the passage south of the Island.
|The seas quickly moderated in the channel, here entering the inshore |
passage a couple of hundred yards wide just past Port Cressa
|And to Port.|
|I was lucky with the timing as the Scillonian had already left|
the harbour and I was clear of the channel before she got there.
|Try and spot Sancerre.|