Wednesday, April 24, 2024

2024 April 24th Day 26, To Newlyn Gwavas Lake and Harbour

 A 07:30 start to round the Lizard at slack tide and for favourable tide from there on. It started off quite warm with little wind but it clouded over as I reached to Manacles under engine. The wind stayed very light until 20 minutes short of Newlyn so I motored all the way, naturally the wind headwind went from 4 knots to about 7 as I went through the Lizard over-falls, with 6 knots of boat speed and 2 knots of tide, rather more than I expected even on a spring tide, there was 15 knots of cold wind over the deck and I went from shirt sleeves when I left to a fleece and a down gilets.

I had hoped to spend a night at Mullion Cove but the wind was blowing straight in and could go to Force 5 so decided against it, a shame as, along with Chapman's Pool (St Alban's Head), its one of the few recognised anchorages along this coast that I have not been too. So in the end I anchored in Gwavas Lake, close by Newlyn harbour in a gap between loads of pot buoys and at low water the clear water allowed me to plant the anchor in clean sand, missing the patches of weed.

40 pot buoys in Gwavas Lake, more to seaward.

My plan to go into the harbour on Friday remains intact although I really could do with a shower so I might change my mind in the morning.

More pics later

33 nautical miles in 7.5 hours.

Update: it’s now Sunday the 28th and I and 3 other boats, all but one single handed, might get away on Tuesday.

I didn't click here for 2 steps forward and 1 back - to the Fal

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