Gillan to Polkerris or not!

Saturday 29th September

With the chance of a few more days away sailing we had planed an early get away on Saturday hoping to get to Polkerris, next day to Polperro and the next to Looe, but plans are one think and quite often don’t work out!


Elektra had been put on a mooring in Carne Creek by our boatyard because of the forecasted east wind and we went out and stayed aboard on the Friday night, it blew quite hard in the night and by morning it had seemed to of eased. Casting off before breakfast at 0830hrs we motored out of Carne Creek and out though Gillan Harbour into a lumpy sea before setting a reefed main and a reefed genoa and heading across the bay towards Falmouth. With the 4-5ft easterly swell and the wind blowing east F4 gusting 5 was making for a wild and quick passage but we couldn’t even make for the Carrick Roads, we had to tack under Pendennis Castle, now heading southeast towards a ship with pilot boat making ready to leave, so we had to tack again to keep clear. Now heading for St Mawes we decided to stop for something to eat, dropping anchor in Place Manor at 1020hrs having logged 7.5nm.


I had been in contact with another Sadler 29 owner Iain Bones who had left The Precuil River earlier and was now off Gull Rock saying the sea had eased. At 1200hrs we lifted the anchor and  headed out for another try, it was great sailing but we were not making much headway against the wind and the tide which had now turned, so after an hour and half of beating we turned and headed back to Falmouth again. it was great to reach back in after slogging into the easterly swell. We turned and motored Elektra up into our favourite anchorage in the Precuil River for the night having logged 16nm.


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