Tuesday, August 16, 2022

2022 Celtic Circuit, Days 4 & 5 Hope Cove to Polkerris.

A relatively late start at 06:45 in lovely weather, albeit a bit hot when the wind was light. Again the wind had east in it so some nice down wind sailing.


Out of peak season I would have gone into Fowey but the valley is a sun trap, often sheltered from any wind, boats will be rafted on the closely packed buoys and the town chock full of tourists so close to a hot hell on earth, much better in an off shore wind is Polkerris, just around the corner past Gribben Head and east of Par Sands.

Gribben Head with its day mark (left), the entrance to Fowey
(centre) and Polruan (right of the entrance).
This annoys me, off Fowey there was a small pod of Dolphins,
the guidance says that when close to dolphins, whales etc. you
should, providing its safe, make no changes in course or speed.
This sports fisherman and later a motor cruiser were chasing them
not surprisingly they made off under water, so it was self-defeating.
A good anchorage in the right conditions and there is space 
for dozens, even 100s of boats. Overnight there was a dozen
and with a cooling breeze it was a pleasant evening albeit
with no shower or ice cream.
No shower, so I went ashore for a swim, there are several secluded
small beaches and its easier than swimming from the boat and
having to clime back aboard - also without shoes toes can
get crushed against the hull when using the emergency ladders.
There were a number of "Compass" jelly fish around, there sting
is reported to be mild and another swimmer said they don't hurt
but, especially as I am allergic to a lot of insect bites, I decided
not to push it and stayed in a small area where I could not see any.

33 miles in 9 hours.

2022 Summer Polkerris

I had intended to move straight on to St Mawes to meet up with a fellow Jester Sailor and one or two old sailing friends. Unfortunately  I got out of the bunk a bit two quickly and suffered an attack of  benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)  (where certain head movements trigger vertigo) only my 4th or 5th episode in a dozen years, fortunately I was at anchor in a safe place and not at sea, so I stayed for an extra day to recover.

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