Kindred Spirit used to belong to Pete, a guy I met in Yarmouth a few years ago. That meeting was my first encounter with a Cornish Yawl. She was traditional looking, and came with lots of string. Later that year, 2012, Pete had a spare berth for a trip from Southampton to Cherbourg and back, so I jumped at the chance. The passage out was pretty much motoring all the way with bright sunshine in the most part. For the return leg Pete decided on a night passage, with a following F5.
When you’re 30 miles from the nearest land, in pitch dark, surfing down the face of waves, you tend decide if you feel comfortable in a boat. I liked Kindred Spirit, and she delivered us back to Southampton in safety. I can categorically say that she’s one of the main reasons that I now have Lucy.
I knew that Pete had sold KS, as he called her, to people in the South West, and it was just a few weeks ago that she turned up on the pontoon in Mylor, just a few metres from Lucy’s mooring. She’d had a bit of an overhaul including new paint to her hull and new sails, and she looked very smart ahead of a trip to the Isles of Scillies with her new owners. She’ll be based in the Falmouth area. I took these pictures of her during the Falmouth Tall Ships event this last Sunday.