Monday, June 6, 2016

Salcombe to Fowey

We enjoyed one last day in Salcombe, had a lovely walk around town and went for a drink at the Salcombe Yacht Club, which was established in 1867 and sits high up above the river with a commanding view. We watched sailing on the river which was mostly just drifting in the tide, but a great spectator sport. In the afternoon we went on the tide up to the village of Kingsbridge in the dinghy where there was a food and wine festival on. The sun was out and everyone was drinking, eating and dancing - a really great afternoon but the harbour dries so we had to make a run for it before the tide turned, but enjoyed our food drifting down the river.

Andrew at Salcombe Yacht Club
Pretty harbour at Kingsbridge
One of the food trucks at the Kingsbridge Food & Music Fesival
Music at Kingsbridge Festival
Next day we slipped our mooring fairly early and headed out into a bit of a murky day for the 30 mile trip to Fowey. The day improved and the wind was only about 5 knots so it was the perfect opportunity to test our our asymmetric spinnaker. This was bought second hand from friends in Australia who had a similar size boat so we were pretty interested to see if it would fit okay.....

Leaving Salcombe 
And it's up!
Cheesy but fun!
Lunch by spinnaker - this is the life!
Sailing close to the cornish coast
Looking good!
We ended up leaving it up for most of the afternoon and experimented with different wind directions. It was so easy to get up and down - why have we not had one of these before?? We relaxed with it and enjoyed a leisurely lunch as gently drifted down the cornish coast passed villages like Polperro and Looe tucked into the cliff face - just brilliant!


Fowey was a place we had visited about 12 years ago and sailed out of with our good friends Graham and Bea on route to Cork, it hadn't changed a bit. The harbour is just beautiful and packed with boats. We were too big to fit on the moorings that were left so the harbour master found us a spot on a floating dock, apart from being along way down it was great as we didn't need to worry about they buoy rubbing on the hull in the tide.

Entering Fowey Harbour

We had a lovely evening in the sunshine and then the next day went for a long hike around the harbour, taking two ferries at either end of the harbour to make a circuit. With a pub near the end and a serve of local mussels and Cornish beer it proved to be a great walk (fowey-hall-walk
View from our back deck 

Pont Pill - half way on Hall Walk
Sign on quay at Pont Pill
View of Fowey Harbour from Hall Walk

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