Strong easterly winds set in over the weekend and are likely to be around until Thursday, then some models are showing a strong possibility of gale force southerly winds arriving on Sunday or Monday. It looks as if I will have to make a dash to the mainland on Friday, possibly in fairly rough seas, so that if there is no berth available at Newlyn I'll have time on Saturday to get round The Lizard to find shelter in the Fal.
In the meantime I will stay on the mooring in the Pool at least through Tuesday as the wind is currently east force 5 - 6, then if the wind has moderated, I may move to an anchorage but they are somewhat limited in easterlies and most are popular so space could be a problem. Meanwhile the moorings here are getting very crowded with a mix of English and French boats, mostly quite large.
The showers on the pier were closed but I found one attached to the tourist information office at Porth Cressa close by the laundrette (not self-service) where I had a load washed and dried, they don't do ironing, I can cope with wrinkled but clean shirts.
|St Mary's Pool from the north.|
|Porthloo anchorage from Porthloo.|
|The Scilloian III arriving from the mainland passing very close to |
|Sunset from the Porthloo anchorage, a men's gig crew out practicing.|
|Lady's crews doing it for real, racing from just off Tresco to|
the Harbour as St Mary's. It made me feel exhausted just to
watch. More pics in the slide show.