Great sail,  One reach

Broken Clouds, 16°C

Manaccan

Great sail, One Reach

Had a lovely lazy morning, long lie and massive bacon buttie for breakfast. We didn’t need to leave Fowey until about 2. We actually left after lunch, and motored up the river to see the china clay pontoons, Lovely to explore the shallow river in a bilge keel yacht: Saffron has a draught of 1.2m. We ran aground eventually and turned around and sailed back out the entrance of the harbour. Lovely sun, and great views and a great sail all the way over the Helford River. We arrived about 6pm after s really great sail – even sailing much of the way up to the mooring buoys there. We were joined by a small pod of dolphins for 5 mins, which was lovely. On the passage we ditched the beef for that evenings’ dinner, which was starting to smell pretty bad and I couldn’t stand any more. Sorry sea-life and sorry for not following the sea pollution rules.

Instead, of our beef chilli, we made a vegetable one, with a sauce thickened by gravy pots we used for the sausages. It worked out really well, so well in fact that we had it for breakfast today, baked with egg: Huevos Miguel. Breakfast was followed by another lazy morning, we inflated the tender and went across to the Helford Shop, for a few bits and pieces (including some chocolate for Michael and more of their delicious saffron buns).

We took the tender out to explore the creeks where no mooring is allowed, but we left a bit too early after low tide, and couldn’t get up Frenchman’s Creek. It was also a bit choppy with wind over the flood tide, so we only pootled about like this for an hour, and had a quick look from the water at the town on the other side of the river, where there is also a good looking pub.

I had a lovely, if brief, swim, but the temperature was already dropping by 4pm and it felt rather chilly out the water. The tide was also quite strong and I had to swim rather hard to get back to the boat at the end.

We changed out minds about going out again, and are planning dinner in the Helford Pub, with lashings of beer and using the water taxi, rather than messing about with lifejackets.

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