We were lucky and arrived while the UK was still enjoying warm weather which sadly didn’t last long but it was nice to have a couple of warm days while we recouped in Falmouth. We checked in with Customs and contacted the harbour office who didn’t prove to be very helpful, they said all marinas were closed and all facilities such as laundries were closed etc. We were feeling a little despondent when Blue Spirit the Norwegian boat we had seen on route from Horta moved from being at anchor to Port Pendennis Marina so Steve called the marina who were very helpful and told us that if we got health clearance we could go to the marina and that most of facilities were open. We duly got health clearance from a nice lady at Cornwall Port Health Authority and moved to the Marina where we could stretch our legs and more importantly do some laundry 😀, I don't mind hand washing in the Caribbean or even the Azores as had no choice but in the UK - no thanks! Soon we were able to go to the local Tesco Metro and get some needed fresh supplies, it was good to see the social distancing measures in place, they only allowed a few customers in at a time, with hand sanatizer and alcohol spray to clean baskets available (you have to remember we haven’t been ashore since our last shop in the Bahamas on 22nd April).
We also met up with my nephew Charlie who lives in Falmouth (maintaining social distancing of course), it was really nice to see him and catch up, he also took us on a walk which though was really not very long made our poor legs ache the next day 🤣 as we haven’t really done any walking since mid March when we were on the uninhabited islands of the Jamentos.
After 2 nights in the marina (well it was £49 a night) we went off and anchored for the night at Trefusis point for the night before heading east again.