Currently in the visitor’s haven in Falmouth for a couple of nights so Rob and I can attend a weather course which Simon Rowell (www.rowellyachtingservices.com) is giving for just the two of us, concentrating on the weather we will encounter during our travels. After a very peaceful night anchored in Channal’s Creek we lifted the anchor yesterday morning and with the amount of mud on it, no wonder we didn’t move! It was a F6 so using just the genoa we were able speed down the estuary in sunshine to Falmouth. The visitor’s haven was full and it seemed Beyzano was a bit too big to get into the inner part of the marina anyway. Fortunately another yacht left the outer pontoon just as we arrived, so we were able to raft up alongside a 42 footer, very carefully in the strong wind. The pilot boat moors up behind us with the fuel berth beyond that.

Falmouth from Visitor's Haven

The cost for the night was 35 pounds plus 5 pounds for an electricity card but the sockets were all full yesterday. You can also get a 1 pound card which would be better as we will be leaving about 3 pounds still on ours! Hopefully we can connect today or the generator will need to be run instead. The showers are really spacious and clean but there aren’t any hairdryers. The security is good as there is a pin code to access the pontoons and normally a card for the shower block.

After a wander around town, pasties and coffee for lunch and a stock up in Trago Mills for fishing tackle, I did the washing. There are 2 washing machines and 2 good sized driers, 4 pounds for the wash and it took 3 pounds to get the load dry. The town has a Tesco Express, Rich Stein fish & chips and a Pizza Express in view of the visitor’s haven plus an M&S Food in town. There is a larger Tesco a short walk away too.

We had our new neighbours over for drinks and picked their brains following their return from 5 years in the Caribbean. Then it was off to the Harbour Lights Restaurant for the most delicious cod and chips I’ve had in a long while, overlooking the sea.

Today Rob and I took the St Mawes ferry over at lunchtime for our course whilst Paul and Alex went shopping in the hope we can head for Spain tomorrow afternoon or Friday. We have the second session tomorrow morning and are hoping it will help us make a better decision on when to go.

Moored Astern of the Pilot Boat

The ferry to St Mawes cost 8 pounds return. The town is really pretty, with cafes and small tourist shops and there are white mooring buoys in the bay which visitors can use.

St Mawes

Looking at the forecast, a reasonable weather window appears to be in place so we will head off for Spain tomorrow afternoon after topping up the fuel tanks and stowing everything securely on the boat. We expect to arrive early on Monday morning – just hope the weather remains kind to us.

Thursday 30 June – just completed our course this morning and feel much happier with our knowledge level, thanks to Simon. Have also tested the weatherfax so are able to obtain charts during the crossing. We managed to connect to the power, so have charged everything up, filled our push button thermos with hot water for the trip and the boat is now ready for sea. For all of us it is our first Biscay crossing and longest passage but we feel ready and excited rather than scared – so far so good!

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