Saturday 21st April

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The plan had been to stay anchored the Fal River and sail home on Sunday forecast for had changed and it looked like we would have to beat home as will, so we decided to sail back and anchor in Helford River today.

We lifted our anchor at 1250hrs and motored down the Fal River to Turnaware Pt before setting sail, I left the reef in the main to start with but soon shook it out, in a easterly 3 gusting 4 at times we had a great sail south down the Carrick Roads and out into Falmouth Bay where the wind died away. A mile south of Pendennis Pt I started the engine and we motored across the bay on a mill pond, there was a bit of wind in the Helford River but not enough to sail, so we motored on up the river.

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We had decided to anchor in Penarven Cove west of Helford Pt, I knew it would be shallow but I didn’t expect us to go aground! This was 1hr before LW, so we were stuck for the next 2hrs, the joy of bilge keels meant we didn’t have to worry about falling over. I dropped the anchor for when we float again and Vicki put on the kettle and we had a hot choc drink before going to sleep in the sun. 3hrs later after floating again we motored Elektra deeper into the cove and dropped anchor for the night.

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