Still Going West

Magnetic Attraction
Roger and Margaret Pratt
Sat 27 Jul 2013 07:33

25 July 2013 – Pontoon, Fowey Harbour



Here is the update on recent happenings.

Marie- Christine came to visit Sutton Harbour bringing the most splendid sticky cakes.  It was lovely to see her!


The following day Roger crept out of the Sutton Lock at low water, concerned about the depth over the cill.  The lock-keeper was once again on fine form, although initially stumped by a Swiss gentleman who wished to leave the harbour once he had taken on fuel.  There was no-one on the harbour fuel berth.  It transpired (over the radio) that the boat was outside the harbour, on the QAB fuel berth. 

The overnight anchorage was in the Pill opposite the Devonport Dockyard where we previously sat out the gales of 2008 and watched the Beijing Olympics…  the moorings seem to have encroached yet further.  The plan was to barbeque (further testing of new equipment) but it was too cold to be comfortable.  Southerly climes call!

Yesterday there was a splendid sail to Fowey.  The wind has gone to the south west, so there was a need to stand out to sea from Rame Head and then tack towards Fowey.  Off shore there was bright sunshine and Roger had the solar panels out.  By the time we arrived in Fowey the panels had given a slight net improvement to the battery drain, even allowing for the autohelm, radio, fridge breadmaker etc.  Yes, there has been success on the bread front – a very splendid white loaf.


We arrived just after 2pm and moored on the pontoon opposite the life-boat, facing down the harbour into the wind. John and Judy came to pick us up just after 5pm to take us down to Gorran Haven for fish and chips. We took the water taxi over to the Town Quay steps: £4 each return fare.  The taxi runs til 10.30-11pm – more than enough time.

We were both so pleased to rendezvous with the guys and had an absolutely splendid evening.  The house at Gorran Haven was very impressive indeed, with lots of play factor!  And views to die for!



There is no radio, mobile phone or wifi signal so feel decidedly cut off from the world!  This entry will go when we get a signal – maybe later on 26th in Falmouth.