So we left the Helford
River on the ebb to catch the tide out
of Falmouth Bay at 0500 and saw a procession of
yachts all in line astern clearly with the same idea as us. We motored out but
with very little wind we motored most of the way to the most southerly tip of England with
isn’t much of a Point and never saw a Lizard. At this stage we had very
light winds from the east and decided to finally get the Whompa (our Cruising
Chute) out of the packet, which we have had since February, after rigging all
the blocks and lines we hoisted and - Hey got it right first time !
Well that really killed the wind we had it at 1.4kts
gusting to 1.8kts, so sadly down with the Chute and on with the motor again.
>From Lizard Point, where there can be a race to keep 3 miles off, we had flat
seas and only stayed 1 mile off which gave us an angle of about 265 putting us
1 mile South of Wolf Rock lighthouse and straight into St Marys Sound for the
entry to the Islands.
We spotted some fins in the water and thought Dolphins,
but as we approached we identified them as Basking Sharks – Wow they are
BIG – looked like more than half our boat length – so maybe 7
metres, anyway got a reasonable shot of one trying to eat our boat. The sea was
so flat oily calm you could see them for miles – that was really exciting
– just wonderful animals and they get that big eating plankton.
Look at the size of this mouth coming towards us ( Rona
told me an interesting fact that Basking sharks swallow the equivalent of 2 Olympic
swimming pools per day, thanks Rona)
As we motored on we just clipped the bottom of the TSS
around Lands End, but with good visibility and the AIS we made easy progress
across and just a few more lobster pots for the last 10 miles into St Marys
Sound. Here the entry is really easy – the Pilot Books always make these
seem so frightening, which maybe in a 20ft boat with a 4hp outboard it is, as
we had 2kts of tide against us, but the channel is well marked and very wide.
Wolf Rock Lighthouse
So it’s Spanish Ledge and Bartholomew Ledge to Port,
then turn to Starboard at the Bartholomew Ledge Red, stay off for Woodcock
Ledge on the Starboard side then leave the Red on Bacon Ledge in the
Harbour Pool to Port and you are in – that’s it a total of 60M from
anchorage to mooring buoy. Probably a good idea to time arrival for at
least mid tide and rising, we arrived at the top of high water and had around 7
metres of water, so don't try it on the bottom of a spring tide. Once inside
pick up one of the Yellow mooring buoys – all with a heavy chain strop
– about 40 in Rows U,V,W,X for vessels up to 40ft and 10 in
Rows Y,Z for vessels up to 60ft and it's well protected from all directions
except the North West, but with these huge buoys and strops you can sleep
soundly at night.
Bit of a French invasion here at the moment, with even a
Swiss boat here – must be a hell of a sailor to get here from Switzerland by
yacht, so I guess it's very busy in July & August and you may need to raft
up on the buoys
Picture from our stern, could be paradise…doesn’t
get much better than this!!