China Girl, UK Circumnavigation - Year 1

Vessel Name: China Girl
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Hailing Port: Ipswich
Crew: Ann and Steve Crome
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19 July 2019 | Ilfracombe
17 July 2019 | Clovelly
11 July 2019 | Padstow harbour.
09 July 2019 | Tean Sound, Scillies.
05 July 2019 | St Michael's Mount
01 July 2019 | Tresco
26 June 2019 | Penzance
26 June 2019 | Penzance
24 June 2019 | Mevagissy.
24 June 2019 | Mevagissy.
22 June 2019 | St Mawes
21 June 2019 | Fowey china clay export quay.
19 June 2019 | Looe
18 June 2019 | Newton Ferrers
13 June 2019 | Sandy
09 June 2019
05 June 2019 | Dittesham
04 June 2019 | Dartmouth
02 June 2019 | Torquay
02 June 2019 | Exmouth
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19 July 2019 | Ilfracombe

Lundy, crab pots and rolls harbours

We had a potter around Lundy Island Wed and yesterday. Good meal in the pub. Not a lot to do there unless you like country walks and bird spotting.

17 July 2019 | Clovelly

Clovelly

We escaped the busker in Padstow to head for Clovelly. He was a very good guitarist, but played from 7 till 10 PM every evening (6) and always the same dozen or so tunes. Got a bit boring.....

11 July 2019 | Padstow harbour.

Testing the engine

15.5 h overnight trip from St Martin's to Padstow, on the motor all the way in < 5 kts of wind. Longest motoring trip we have ever done. Had to travel overnight to reach Padstow at the right state of the tide. It was only truly dark from about 2300 to 0430, so not long really

09 July 2019 | Tean Sound, Scillies.

Back to the Scillies

St Michael's Mount is shut on Saturdays, how weird is that. So We abandoned the visit, but it was a great place to anchor. We decided we had not seen enough of the beautiful Scilly Islands and have come back. Saturday night in Porth Cressa, Sunday in The Pool off Bryher (keeping clear of the cable!) [...]

05 July 2019 | St Michael's Mount

Cables!!!

Time in the Scillies was a bit mixed. Two lovely nights in New Grimsby Sound and a great trip to the gardens followed by a night in St Mary's on the buoy between the lifeboat and the medical rescue boat, felt very safe. Wednesday we went, supposedly briefly, to a bay between St Agnes and Gugh for a quick [...]

01 July 2019 | Tresco

Visitor for the Scillies

Steve Arnold joined us yesterday for our trip to the Scillies. Mostly had to motor across as the modest head wind could not overcome the tide. 8.5h trip to New Grimsby Sound in the end. Joined by some dolphins which swam alongside for a couple of minutes. Got photos but need wifi to upload the camera [...]

Lundy, crab pots and rolls harbours

19 July 2019 | Ilfracombe
Ann and Steve Crome
We had a potter around Lundy Island Wed and yesterday. Good meal in the pub. Not a lot to do there unless you like country walks and bird spotting.

Needed to leave 0600 this morning to catch the tide to Ilfracombe. Anchor came up with a crab pot hanging off it. Seems we had spent two nights attached to the line of an old pot on the seabed with its float gone. Good job the old rope held, and that it was long enough to allow up to bring it to the surface to cut it free.

4.5 h trip to Ilfacombe in the worst rain we have had so far by a long way. Arrived about 1030 hoping to go ashore for a look round. But torrential rain continued until c1700. Also the anchorage is not that sheltered from the swell and we decided getting in and out of the dinghy was too dangerous. So no mooch round and dinner on board (chicken curry).

I have an idea for a new TV programme. You get 4 famous chefs to compete to make a meal on two rings and a small oven in a galley that is rocking through 10 degrees or so. The bleep machine may get worn out.

Tides say departure for Cardiff has to be at 0130. You don't argue with the tide gods in the Bristol Channel.

Photo shows a dank and dismal Ilfracombe from the boat.

Clovelly

17 July 2019 | Clovelly
Ann and Steve Crome
We escaped the busker in Padstow to head for Clovelly. He was a very good guitarist, but played from 7 till 10 PM every evening (6) and always the same dozen or so tunes. Got a bit boring.....

Arrived in Clovelly yesterday evening after another long motor. Did get an hour's sail in the middle this time when the wind briefly reached 10kts.

All change though, low coming in, forecast shows a lot of wind from this afternoon to Saturday.

Quick look around in Clovelly this morning, then to Lundy fir tonight.

Pictures show Clovelly from the boat.

Testing the engine

11 July 2019 | Padstow harbour.
Ann and Steve Crome
15.5 h overnight trip from St Martin's to Padstow, on the motor all the way in < 5 kts of wind. Longest motoring trip we have ever done. Had to travel overnight to reach Padstow at the right state of the tide. It was only truly dark from about 2300 to 0430, so not long really

Now in Padstow inner harbour getting seagull ***t all over the boat. Will need a good wash before we leave. Electrician came and fixed the winch. Wiring problem, easy when you know how.

Prideaux Place, the local manor house, made an interesting trip this morning. Wadebridge tomorrow for a day trip. Here till Sunday.

Photo shows a porpoise alongside the yacht during our first trip to the Scillies. Not a dolphin apparently, they are bigger.

Back to the Scillies

09 July 2019 | Tean Sound, Scillies.
Ann and Steve Crome
St Michael's Mount is shut on Saturdays, how weird is that. So We abandoned the visit, but it was a great place to anchor. We decided we had not seen enough of the beautiful Scilly Islands and have come back. Saturday night in Porth Cressa, Sunday in The Pool off Bryher (keeping clear of the cable!) and Monday in New Grimsby sound. Now we are in Tean Sound for a lunch stop. Tonight we go to Padstow. 70 miles, 14 hours, so the only way to leave and arrive in daylight and get the tides right is to go overnight. We leave about 2030.

Photo shows red squirrels in Tresco Abbey gardens.

Cables!!!

05 July 2019 | St Michael's Mount
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny and hot but windy.
Time in the Scillies was a bit mixed. Two lovely nights in New Grimsby Sound and a great trip to the gardens followed by a night in St Mary's on the buoy between the lifeboat and the medical rescue boat, felt very safe. Wednesday we went, supposedly briefly, to a bay between St Agnes and Gugh for a quick lunch stop. All ok until we tried to raise the anchor which would not come up. We were stuck. Turns out it was trapped under cable on the sea bed. Tried every technique we have read about to free it but no good. Several phone calls later we had tracked down a diver who could not come until the next day. Eventually while waiting for the dive boat on Thursday morning we got it free, just as the divers arrived. Technique is, haul the trapped anchor chain in until it has lifted the cable off the seabed. Slip something under the cable, we used the dinghy anchor, let the main anchor down and recover, recover the dinghy anchor. Sounds easy? Oh no it isn't.

Freed we returned to Penzance to drop off Steve A. Had to motor all the way. Sorry about the lack of sailing Steve and thanks for your help with the cable solution (and the outboard motor)

Now a winch has seized up. .

Now anchored off St Michael's Mount in the sunshine. Going to do the tour tomorrow. Also try to fix the winch.

Photo shows Dt Michael's Mount from the yacht.

Visitor for the Scillies

01 July 2019 | Tresco
Ann and Steve Crome | Sunny but wind cold.
Steve Arnold joined us yesterday for our trip to the Scillies. Mostly had to motor across as the modest head wind could not overcome the tide. 8.5h trip to New Grimsby Sound in the end. Joined by some dolphins which swam alongside for a couple of minutes. Got photos but need wifi to upload the camera to the web.

Writing this sitting in the Abbey Gardens in Tresco. The plants are amazingly different. Have seen a couple of red squirrels

Photo shows a French baroque which came into the wet dock in Penzance. Was about 30m long and the skipper put it in a berth about 32m long. Some skill.
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Seen on 1st trip from Penzance to Scillies
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A few photos of the collection of ships made out of matchsticks
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