I read it somewhere “You have to plan, not to plan”. Newlyn, here we come and not the Silly’s :->You can’t plan to far ahead when you are sailing.
The date was the 16th August, almost 3 weeks after leaving Maryport. On schedule!!
Our priority is to cross the Bay of Biscay before stormy weather sets in. We can only hope!
Delayed by a satellite SIM card, ordered in Milford Haven. We waited 5 days for it in Padstow.
Padstow town is busy with holiday makers. We did a little sightseeing, walking and relaxing on the beaches, which were stunning and quiet, but needed to get moving to keep us on schedule.
We left Padstow in the dark at about midnight, an hour after high tide, heading for Newlyn via Land’s End. We were expecting 12-22 knots of wind. We exited Padstow channel, it was pitch black, high swell and very choppy. This is the time when you really have to trust your Navigation system.
The start of our South bound sail, took us between the mainland and Gulland Rock. The wind and waves were pushing us towards a light on the mainland in the dark. All quite scary. Ocean Strider looked after us all the way. We had 15-22 knots of wind all the way to Land’s End the sail to Newlyn was awesome. We were making 4.5-7 knots over ground.
We rounded Land’s End 3 hours ahead of schedule. It would have been even better but the wind disappeared for an hour or so at Land’s End. We arrived at Newlyn 2 hours before expected, 1.15pm which made a nice change.
Newlyn is a fairly large and busy fishing harbour East of Land’s End. It has very a few visitors’ moorings and limited amenities but good and welcome all the same. The RNLI seamed to be very active there.
We walked to Newlyn town by the bay in the evening, a few boats were anchored. We will be anchoring a lot more, but for the trip down South our plan is to visit marinas. We haven’t the time to wait for the solar or wind generator, to charge the batteries.
Newlyn town is traditional Cornish fishing town, there was something about it that I really liked. It would have been good to really explore the place. We stopped in a local pub for a pint, which was the first time in ages and probably the last time for a few years.
Ocean Strider is a 1979 Cobra 1050 bilge keel. It says in the brochure she is an Ocean traveler and so far we cant fault her.
Next stop Brest/France!! Already here, will try to get the blog finished tomorrow.