I’d been in Mylor for a week; Mylor Cruising were running a Yachtmaster shorebased training course, so I’d enrolled early to get this hurdle jumped before the season got too busy. It was great to have just two of us on the course, so we made great progress and had it all wrapped up and passed by Thursday. My brain was totally scrambled, what with tidal streams, courses to steer, heights, ground tracks, anchoring depths and meteorology. I slept late on Friday to recover.
On Saturday the weather promised better than of late, so mid morning I set off for the only sailing action of the week. I motored out to Falmouth, set sail in a southerly F3 to 4 and made best course to windward. This put me just north of Black Rock and onto a course to Rosemullion Head, to which Lucy seemed happy to pretty much sail herself once I’d got the balance right with the mizzen.
Just short of Rosemullion Head and Gatamala Cove we tacked to port for a mile or two, before bearing away back towards St Anthony’s Head and St Mawes. With the breeze on the stern it felt much warmer, and Lucy made good, steady, speed. I popped down below to put a pasty in the oven, and half an hour later it made a fulfilling lunch on a visitor mooring just off The Idle Rocks Hotel in St Mawes. We stayed for an hour, mostly eating, and drinking tea, whilst watching the workmen erecting scaffolding around the storm damaged hotel. Then it was time to motor back to Mylor. We hadn’t been far, but it was great to actually get out for a sail after a week of study.