Nevil.NW 4, light overcast, partially clearing in the afternoon.
Start / Finish Time: 09:36 / 13:25
Daily time / distance: 13.6 NM / 3hrs 41 mins
Crew: Nevil, Rachel, Robert & Luke. Larry
We had decided that we wanted to be back at Falmouth Marina in the early afternoon, say 3pm, in order to be cleared up and able to pick up our hire car before the Hertz office shut at 1730. Larry also wanted to take advantage of the best wind we had had for the week and do some MOB / handling under sail as we left Helford and made our way across the bay to Falmouth. I had several practices at the manoeuvre and was getting the hang of it but still need to do some more practice before I can think about Yachtmaster Coastal. Larry's recommendation would be to do a prep week and then the exam and I should be more than ready.
We sailed in past Black Rock and eventually stowed sails just outside Trefussis Point before motoring in to pick up a mooring buoy temporarily for lunch. Just as we were finishing and contemplating a cup of tea / coffee Larry got a telephone call from Nick asking us to make it back to the pontoon in time to get over the sill since he was short of berths and we would have to go in the inner area. We rushed to get there and it was a horrible downwind approach to the pontoon in a very narrow alleyway which was not helped by multiple shouted directions from Larry on board and Nick on shore. We made it but it wasn't the prettiest manoeuvre we had done. Thinking about it after we should have had a bow spring ready and used a little forward thrust with so starboard rudder to keep the stern to the pontoon - we'll know next time!
We cleared the boat, handed in a defects list and were ready to go in less than an hour and by just gone 1430 Larry had dropped me at Hertz, Truro. This time we had hired an estate car so we had plenty of space for the trip back home. All in all, everybody agreed that they had learned a lot, enjoyed the stay in the Scillies and some had enjoyed the sailing more than others.
168.5 NM logged in the week.