After a few days in Padstow, which I spent enjoying the beautiful countryside (see photo album, link bottom right), I was joined by my friend Nick. Such luxury to have crew!
We filled up with water at high tide on Sunday night. Doing it at night meant we didn't have to negotiate the holiday making children crabbing on the quay when running the hose.
Monday morning we set off when the tide allowed. Out in Padstow Bay we found a nice breeze from the north east, and once round Trevose Head (see picture above) we set sail goose winged, with a preventer to keep the boom out and avoid a sudden gybe in the rolling swell. We made good progress down the coast as far as Cape Cornwall, where the wind died and the tide turned. For a while we motor sailed under main, but soon found the rolling motion of the swell simply made the sail slam even when sheeted in, so we dropped the main as well and motored.
As we rounded the Longships Rocks, we began to see other yachts coming up from the west, most likely from the Scillies. Opinions seemed to differ as to how close to Gwennap Head one could go: I kept us south of the Runnel Stone south cardinal buoy just to be safe. As daylight faded, we were motoring hard against a freshening wind and tide up into Penzance Bay.
We opted to pick up a buoy outside Penzance, to avoid being trapped in until high water the following day which would have made for a poor departure time for heading further east. The buoy proved very hard to first find, and then pick up. There was no pick up line on the buoy, and the loop on top was small, making it hard to pass a line through. Eventually, we lassoed the buoy, and were able to get close enough to reach down and pass a line through - but it took an hour in the dark!
Eventually at midnight we were able to get to bed.
Log of this passage