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May Day weekend from Plymouth aboard "Jester" - Dufour 41

Updated: 09-07-2010

Report from Lis Jones:

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Getting ready to 'slip' Getting ready to 'slip'

Friday 30th April - (SW4-5) We arrived at the Marina at 12.30'ish having victualled in Exeter on the journey down. We prepared the boat and slipped the mooring at 15.00hrs. Destination - The river Yealm. The skipper decided to put in 2 reefs when we hoisted the main sail in the Tamar. We sailed through The Bridge, kept the breakwater to starboard and the Mewstone to port and navigated our way safely into the Yealm and moored up on the visitors pontoon. We (or rather the electric pump) inflated the dinghy and then headed for some evening fare at The Ship in Noss Mayo.

Saturday 31st April - (N F4-5). Sea state slight-moderate. We navigated safely out of the Yealm and generally headed out towards the Eddystone lighthouse and then headed for Fowey. We had 1 reef in the main sail and the headsail. It was a little bit 'lumpy' at times but we were all very brave! At the entrance to Fowey we found ourselves in the middle of a dinghy race and at the end of a race from Plymouth! It's a good job we were well versed in our collision regs and had eyes in the backs of our heads! We moored up briefly on the Lifeboat pontoon and rafted up with the racing boats on the visitors' pontoon! We then did what has to be done when in Fowey - Sam's water taxi, The Lugger for supper and Sam's water taxi back to the boat.

Job done! Heading back to Fowey Job done! Heading back to Fowey

Sunday 1st May - (N F5-6 occ 7 veering NE). We left Fowey to sail back to the river Yealm. 1 reef in main and headsail. Beam reach most of the way. "Jester" goes really well and we managed to get a max of 9.5 knots out of her. On our passage back to the Yealm we saw a Submarine which was very spooky! When back in the Yealm we moored up on a RNSA buoy for the night. No trip to the pub - we ate on board, sang sea shanties and shared tales of the sea! Only kidding but we did stay on board.

9.02 knots 9.02 knots!

Monday 2nd May - (N F4). We left the Yealm and headed for Cawsand Bay for elevenses. On the way there were 3 Warships on an exercise so we again had to have eyes in the backs of our heads. We managed 9.7 knts on our way over to Cawsand. We dropped anchor in the bay. Well I would describe it as closer to 'on the beach'. The anchor dragged and we had to move out into deeper water (which I - being of a nervous disposition - thought was a very good idea). I'm sure Mr Worner had been testing the crew! He could see that some of his crew hadn't thought that hearing the sea crashing on the beach had been a good idea! After elevenses we made our way over to Queen Anne's Battery to pick up fuel and we then made our way back to the Mayflower Marina keeping Drakes' Island to port. We moored up, cleaned "Jester", had a farewell coffee in the Marina and headed home.

A very enjoyable weekend-good sailing, good company, ok winds and weather (although a little cold at times).