Saturday 15th August
With a forecast of rain all day on Sunday Vicki and I decided to head home this afternoon to avoid getting wet tomorrow.
The weather turned good again and once out I was soon unzipping the sides of the cockpit encloser as the day warmed up. A lazy brunch in the cockpit and getting ready to leave slowly. We decided to leave the encloser frame up and see how it would be, if it was in the way when sailing?
I lifted and stowed the anchor at 1415hrs and Vicki motored Elektra slowly out of the Precuil River while I pulled up her mainsail, once out in St Mawes harbour we set all the sail for the first tack over towards Pendennis Castle, lots of traffic to avoid as we were on a port tack. Tacking and heading SE we might have been able to sail west of Black Rock but avoiding a yacht race coming into the Carrick Roads made this imposible. Once past Black Rock we could close up on the wind and head more SSE. It was a little lumpy, although still making 4kts SOG we decided to tack back towards Swanpool Beach for a smother sail. Almost over to Swanpool a racing J class yacht came in close and took our wind. So we tacked again, this time we were able to head S for a while before the wind moved and we were heading SSE again, then another shift and we could head south again. On nearing the Helford River entrance we could then head SW towards Gillan, we sailed on in past the Nare Point towards Gillan, when it looked like we would have to tack again, I started the engine and stowed the sails, motoring into Gillan and picking up the mooring at 1630hrs having logged 9nm.