All of the available forecasts and models showed strong winds on Saturday from the south and perhaps stronger on Monday, Newlyn would likely be uncomfortable and possibly the pontoon would be full even arriving early, so it would be necessary to raft onto a fishing boat in the commercial part of the harbour which might move out at any time and be even more uncomfortable, so I decided to head directly to the Fal. I wanted to be well upriver before the gales arrived, but St Mawes was a possibility for a night before moving upriver and might give a chance for some resupply.
So, I had an early night and set the alarm for 03:30 for an early start with good tides probably to well east of Lands End and an outside chance of a good tide past the Lizard. As often happens I woke before the alarm, in this case not long after 02:00 but the wind was favourable and likely to run out at lunch time, so I got up and weighed at 02:45.
A clear sky but a very dark night with no moon but I made it out safely and was soon sailing in a F4 from the NNE and making 4 - 5.5 knots and I was almost at the Wolf Rock before the wind died at 0730 rather earlier than forecast the previous evening. On went the engine and apart from an hour or so north of the Manacles it stayed on.
Dolphins at 5.5 knots east of Wolf Rock.
|Passing the Lizard, quite close in as the tide was almost slack|
but favourable and the wind light or non-existent.
|A small super yacht (by some standards!) on a buoy off St Just in|
|And a nice gaff cutter nearby, much prettier to my eyes.|
|The Fal river goes east just south|
of the red position marker.
|Safe on the pontoon. The Fal river goes east behind the headland|
right of Sancerre's mast. Before the wind returned the silence
was complete and rather eery.
|The direct route (blue) and track (red)|