Azores to Falmouth - Day Eleven - Arrival 50 09.900N 005 05.120W

Mike and Liz Downing
Sat 26 Jul 2014 21:06
Yes, we have arrived back in the UK. We tied up at Falmouth marina at 15.33 this afternoon having completed 1,318 miles in exactly 11 days. Conditions were again very light and from the NE, but during the night the winds went west of north and although light (around 6kts) motor-sailing into it gave an extra couple of knots, so we were making 4 to 6kts most of the time. But, the motor was on for the best part of 28 hours. Not so worried about using it at the end of the passage as we still arrived with more that half a tank of fuel left (about 250 litres), so had plenty to negotiate the harbour and Penryn River, which is where the Falmouth marina is. It was also handy to help dodge all the shipping going round the Lizard, Lands End and the Scillies Isles - it was like rush hour on the M25 on a Friday night! Hope it's a bit quieter when we go east from here, back to the Solent area. That's the current plan - to make our way slowly along the South Coast visiting some of our old haunts on the way. But before then we hope to spend a little while exploring here.

There and back again! (To pinch a certain hobbit's title) While we completed the circumnavigation from the Caribbean to the Caribbean, the journey didn't feel complete without coming back to the UK. I think it now does. We'll have to get all our log books out (and we have quite a few) to tot up all the mileages and work out exactly how far we've sailed, but that's for another day. For now suffice it to say that it's around 36,000 miles covered in exactly 6 years less 4 days!

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