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Scilly Winds - July 2018

Updated: 04-07-2018

Report from Stephen Worner aboard "Ventis Secundis" (Delphia 40)

(Photos Steve Worner)

The Motley crew of Steve, Ruth, Lis, Caroline, Nigel & Roger had been getting withdrawl symptoms, having not had our Scilly fix for 3 years so we booked "Ventis Secundis" (Delphia 40) for our Summer week. "Ventis Secundis" was not out during the previous week so we were able to start handover early afternoon after collecting the obligatory supplies of Cornish Pasties and Ruth having done the main catering. The perfect scenario was to leave as early as possible and sail through the night to Scilly, arriving by lunch hour on Saturday and, hopefully joining in the walk from Tresco to Bryher due to the very low Spring tides. This was not to be as there were strong winds on the nose and a rough sea state West of the Lizard so we beat our way to Fowey, arriving too late for a pint.

Leaving Salcombe Leaving Salcombe

The next intention was an early start from Fowey to catch the tide around the Lizard but Saturday dawned with another adverse forecast so we took our time in departing and beat down to Falmouth for an overnight at Port Pendennis Marina and meal in the Chain Locker.

Sunday dawned and with no improvement in the forecast we decided to cut our losses and forget Scilly for 2018 (it gives us an excuse to go there next year) and head East. So we departed Falmouth and turned left with a decision to be made somewhere near the Eddiston Lighthouse – this turned out to be to go to the Yealm where Caroline produced a great pasta dish for our meal.

Monday and an early start to catch the East going tide around Start Point & Berry Head and into Brixham with a brief spotting of a dolphin(they were noticeable by their absence all week). A quick shower and head ashore where we were lucky enough to get a table in front of the television to watch England win in Russia and be served our evening meal. Tuesday and a visit planned to Dartmouth – unfortunately the tide was definitely against us

Skipper and Berry Head Skipper and Berry Head
but we decided to go anyway as its only 15 miles and we had all day but after tacking back and forth (and seeing the same piece of sea on at least 3 occasions we put the engine on and motored into Dartmouth where Dart Haven Marina apologetically put us on the visitors pontoon as we had too big a beam for any berths available to us (I’m sure they were talking about the boat and not any of the crew).

RNLI Buoy Special Mooring Buoy

A leisurely afternoon was spent wandering around and train spotting before an enjoyable meal in the Ship on their Pie & Curry night. Wednesday & another short hop, this time to Salcombe where the Harbour Master was happy to let us spend a little more time than usual on the Town pontoon whilst we had a meal at the Victoria Inn before then allocating us to the RNLI buoy and even putting our lines on it. 10 out of 10 for service and helpfulness!

Salcombe night Salcombe at night

During the night the wind shifted to the North with clearer skies but colder and a trip just off the wind to the Yealm, after a late lunch we prepared to inflate the dinghy but first checked the outboard which was completely dead so we cancelled our booking at the Ship, slipped the mooring & returned to QAB via the fuel berth followed by showers and a good meal at the Marina Bistro with a few beers and the obligatory football.

Friday morning saw a clean down and fried breakfast at the marina café ( for some) anda slow drag back up the M5 to Bristol. Not the trip we planned but planty of ports visited and enjoyed – roll on 2019!