The Lads Trip 2018 - Yealm to Falmouth

A leisurely start to the day with the kettle on and lashings of hot tea was followed by a full breakfast before we slipped the mooring, with the tide pushing us off the pontoon and we were off under motor out of the Yealm.

We motored out to the Mew Stone and unfurled the genoa, it was going to be a downwind sailing day and the new main was going to stay in the stackpack.

Much to our delige Aphrodite lifted her skirts and we hit seven knots was this going to be a fast transit west. After an hour we had Rame Head was abeam the wind settled down and we were making way at a steady five knots.

We had decided to go into a marina and had rung ahead advising them that we normally lived on a swing mooring and it would be safer if we had a pontoon with a lot of space!

At about 1700 we turned into Carrick Roads and headed up to the marina, by this time the wind had piped up, running down the valley and the heat was going out of the sun. By 1830 we had safely arrived at the pontoon without to many incidents. Alex jumped ship to spend the night with relatives.

I headed for the showers and attempted to sort out the shore power that I had been using all winter. To my horror I spotted that the insulating cover had been stripped off part of the lead and clearly was unsafe to use, being dog tired that job was going to wait until the morning.

Crew: Sandy Garrity, Alex Bowling

Distance figures: Distance: 43 nm Moving Average: 5 kts Max: 7 kts

Weather: Issued 29 April 2018 04:05 UTC

Sea area: Plymouth Wind: Northeasterly backing northerly later, 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later Sea State: state Slight or moderate Weather: Fair Visibility: Good

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