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HMS Ark Royal's Anchor
Clare
13/07/13, Plymouth

Anchor from the former HMS "Ark Royal"
Do you think this is too big?

This is one of the Ark Royal anchors which was presented to the City of Plymouth and lies between Armada Way and Notte Street.

14/07/13 | Diane Makepeace
I do hope their electric winch was strong! Definitely too big for a Malo. I have enjoyed your blog today having just motored back (12.5 hours) from Dielette. The North Easterly Winds just went on and on and on.... Other half has job interview tomorrow so we had to get back! I will encourage him to write his blog too! We saw some fabulous French coastal towns and villages and have enough cheese to last us for a while.

Malo 38, Cantata II
15/07/13 | Caroline
i have never been to this part of the country,and i am absoultely loving the history and the photos. the weather could not be any better for you both.you look and sound as though you are both having a great time. enjoy,
Smeaton's Tower
Clare
13/07/13, Plymouth Hoe

Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe
This was the third Eddystone Lighthouse and protected sailors from the reef until 1877 when it was dismantled and rebuilt on The Hoe. The base of Smeaton's Tower is still in place on the rocks next to the current Eddystone Lighthouse.

The design was very different from previous lighthouses and Smeaton developed a system of interlocking blocks to create the tower.

The Eddystone Rocks are are approximately 12 miles South South West (SSW) of Plymouth Sound. The reef is submerged at high springs.

End of long weekend to Cornwall
Clare
10/07/13, Plymouth

Return to Plymouth
7 July
Photo: Drake's Island in Plymouth Sound
On Sunday Crazy Diamond needed to come back for that past-time called work and we joined them. There was no wind at all but a flat calm sea so we had to motor sail all the way home which took 6.75 hrs. We had a bit of trouble taking our main sail down. The new sail bag is not helping so we will need to have it looked at by the local riggers Allspars.

Vic helmed Njord perfectly into her home berth and I successfully landed on the pontoon with her lines. Robert and Deborah were there to help us just in case as we have quite a tight berth to come into.

We had a lovely and fun long weekend. The heat wave is continuing and it is 26 degrees C today (Tuesday 9 July), may it continue, it is very Mediterranean.

10/07/13 | Mariadz
Just caught up with your blog. Loving it and it sounds fun. Wish we were going now! Where are you off to next. - Maria x
Helford River Sailing Club
Clare
10/07/13, Helford River

Views from the Helford River Sailing Club
Saturday 6 July
The Sailing Club has fantastic newly refurbished facilities including showers and a laundrette for visiting yachtsmen.

Further up river is the beautiful Frenchmen's Creek which inspired Daphne du Maurier to write one of her famous novels of. Frenchman's Creek was set in the reign of Charles II and is the story of a love affair between a English lady and a French pirate. We will have to come back and visit and take Dennis the Menace (our dinghy) up there as it is too shallow for yachts to go into the creek.

River Helford from Shipwright Arms
Clare
10/07/13, Helford

River Helford
6 July
On Saturday it was the most beautiful day and after a very informative lesson on power consumption from Robert (thank you) we went ashore at the Helford River Sailing Club landing to down load emails in our case, have a cool soft drink at the Riverside Café and a walk to Helford village, which has one shop, no cars and the pub. We then met up with Deborah and Robert, who had ventured further, at the Helford River Sailing Club and had a Betty Stogs (local Cornish beer) and local cider shandy on the veranda.

11/07/13 | prue
This looks like a setting from a Nicholas Sparks novel. Gorgeous.
12/07/13 | sara
this is a favourite part of the world for us and we have been here many times...brings back many happy menories. it sounds a memorable and exciting voyage.
Shipwrights Arms, Helford
Clare
10/07/13, Helford


For supper that evening we treated ourselves to a meal at the local pub, the Shipwrights Arms. It was Caribbean barbecue night with jazz music which was excellent. The pub has changed hands recently and has been well refurbished. We will definitely visit again.

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