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    • Day 4


      June 3, 2022 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Just waiting at the ferry crossing to hitch a ride across Helford river, but it doesn't run until 9:30 am, it's the first of three ferries on route today. Got talking to a charming old chap called Trevor Lee who was sat by the crossing too, turns out he is waiting for the signal to start his section of a relay run across the south west coast path! He said 60 runners are trying to break the record and run the whole path nonstop in 5 days, and his section starts in about ten minutes. He also records a podcast while running and wrote a book about his experience of running 44 miles aged 60, pretty coolRead more

      Traveler  just read this out to mum. she said 'what' old chap. 60 .same age as her 😀


      Traveler  don't worry I'm sure he was 60 and a half


      Traveler  👵

    • Day 17

      Helford River

      June 13, 2017 in England ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      As the early hours caught up with me I found I was having the odd brief sleep between the alarms. There was no traffic even though I was near the major port of Plymouth.

      The wind at last had eased and the seas calmed by 04.00 and I was able to increase speed as well as taking out the reefs at dawn.
      I kept Eddystone well to starboard and set a course for Falmouth reaching the harbour mouth at 10.00.
      I dropped the main and motored up to the fuel berth on the visitors yacht haven where I was assisted in tieing up by the friendly fuel attendant. .

      I began filling the tank and was almost full when Chris & Eddie arrived.
      With their help I moved Eureka around the corner to another pontoon which had just been vacated by a Fisher 34, flying a very large and I mean large Irish ensign.

      We went to a café to catch up on news and where I had breakfast.
      Strangely I was still feeling bright but expected that I'd be having a very early night.

      Maeve was flying into Newquay and driving to Falmouth the following day but seeing that Chris & Eddie had spent the last few days in Falmouth and had seen it all we decided to overnight in the Helford River just a short distance south and return to collect Maeve tomorrow.

      The three of us did some provisioning before departing Falmouth.
      We hoisted full sail just outside the harbour and had a lovely gentle sail in light winds to Helford with Chris on the helm as i took a back seat.
      We sailed in under main, down the fairway and the crew on one of the moored yachts shouted "Nice to see it being done proper".
      We were still grinning when we picked up a visitor mooring.

      We stowed the sails and tidied the boat before blowing up the dinghy and going ashore.
      The pontoon we tied the dinghy to was private and had an honesty box for payment. Very Cornish.
      We walked the short distance to Helford village and had a lovely meal in the 'Shipwright Arms' before returning to Eureka where I headed to bed at 22.30 much later than expected.
      We walked up
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    • Day 19

      Trebah Gardens

      June 15, 2017 in England ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Today we visited Trebah Gardens on the north side of the river.

      We got the water taxi to collect us from Eureka and headed on the short walk to the gardens. It was very hot so we were delighted when we got to the shades of the trees in the gardens.

      Chris had been there before as her niece had got married there.
      It turned out that the house and the gardens originally belonged to the car designer Donald Healy of the 'Austin Healy' fame.

      It was lovely and peaceful walking in the gardens and when we finished, we decided to have an early dinner ashore but discovered that they were not serving until 17.00 which was too late to get the taxi back to Eureka.
      Instead we got the taxi to being me back to Eureka where I got the dinghy and brought it ashore and the rest got dropped off on the south shore and we had dinner in the Shipwright.
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    • Day 39

      Off to the Helford River

      May 31, 2021 in England ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Very excited today as we have been told so much about this place and it was always in our mind where we wait for good weather before starting our final leg to cross to the Scillies.
      Definitely not disappointed on arrival but interesting sail as very choppy easterly winds . Lovely setting for our first evening watching the sun go down......I even burnt my knees!Read more

    • Day 40

      Water exploration

      June 1, 2021 in England ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      After a slow snakey paddle to the yacht club to check out the depth of water on the pontoon, we need a drink. Basic error...we forgot to put the fins in the bottom of the csnoe so had no steerage against the tide and wind!
      We take a little walk through Helford Village,, calm down,grab a coffee(?) and head back to Fino happy we can get Fino alongside tomorrow to top up our living water 💧
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      Traveler  Did you do a secondary port calculation 😜


      Traveler  What are they🤣🤣


      Traveler  Lohnt sich der Rundgang, der häufig in Reiseführern geschildert wird, also vom Ort zum Creek? Habe den eigentlich für den Juli in unserem Urlaub geplant.

    • Day 40

      Port Navis

      June 1, 2021 in England ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Another day another creek.
      With fins attached we head up river to explore Port Navis. Busy stretch of water with lots of families enjoying canoes and the beach. Yet again more stunning properties, a few fish 🐟 and beautiful bay to enjoy our snack.Read more

    • Day 53

      Off to the Helford River

      June 14, 2021 in England ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Time to go and find showers and a washing machine!
      Lovely trip back down the river and settled in after taking on water at the yacht club - rather nerve racking as the tide was on the way out and the pontoon level dropped below 2m!
      Eric starts his engine checks so I head of to find showers and a washing machine! 3 hours later I finally get back after getting stranded on the low tide at the yacht club-good news i got the washing done, bad news showers closed!
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      Traveler  Looks like Eric's printing 😎


      Traveler  PS Hope you remember what a tennis racquet looks like 🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾


      Traveler  Lovely as this is ,really looking forward to doing some exercise! See you on court soon.....hopefully Mon 12th if room for me.🤞🎾

    • Day 18

      Brief return to Falmouth

      June 14, 2017 in England ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      After a long breakfast in the morning sun we got ready to leave Helford to pick up Maeve in Falmouth.
      We hoisted sail outside and had a broad reach north towards Falmouth.
      Unfortunally the winds were so light that we had give up after an hour and turn on the engine to motor the rest of the way.

      We tied up again at the visitors yacht haven where they only charged me GB£3 instead of the GB£11 that it should have been.
      When I explained that we were only going to be collecting someone they asked what was the length of our tender and charged us for that and not for Eureka's length.

      When Maeve arrived we went to have something to eat while Chris & Eddie went to get provisions and we met back at the boat at 16.00 and set sail for Helford with stronger winds on the way back and we again sailed up into the river.
      Most of the visitor moorings were full but strangely the one we had left this morning was still free, we took it!

      Later once Maeve had settled in, we went ashore to the Helford Sailing Club where we had showers and followed it with dinner and had a lovely view of the river as we dined.
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