Wow! What a fantastic day. I took Lucy and my father, Tony, for a five hour sail around Falmouth Bay and the Carrick Roads – mostly under blue skies and bright sunshine. We motored out from Mylor to just beyond Black Rock, where we turned back head to the NW breeze to raise sail. We then headed off on a beam reach in the general direction of Dodman Point eastwards up the coast. We were a little too close to the Roseland Peninsular and needed to get off a little more, so gybed to starboard and set off for Helford instead. The breeze found us nicely, and we set off at about 5kts for some distance before gybing again for the Dodman.
We didn’t really want to go that far, so settled on Gull Rock as a target. The sun shone and the NW F4 kept the speed up. Visibility was fantastic, and it was lovely to be selfish and only have to share it with a couple of fishing boats. Once we’d pretty much reached Gull Rock we tacked to port and set course back to Falmouth. The breeze was a little more forward along the beam this time, so we had a little more heel, but made good speed. Once beyond St Anthony’s Head light we tacked to starboard and cruised back to Mylor via St Mawes, The Governor bouy and St Just pool.