Taking in Falmouth in a walk to Penryn and back
Sun 27 Jun 2021 05:50
The time of year, with trees and shrubs in full leaf and many flowering plants in bloom and all bathed in sunlight, certainly showed the town at its best. I love the way a gentle walking pace enables a thorough peek into gardens, gateways and shop porches and windows. You can see how the tide runs clear of the mud up the Penryn River. From the ocean depths to a metre high mud bank for Zoonie to negotiate the next morning.
Walking back along the narrow road that runs parallel to the river there are many coffee shops and we chose one that did iced coffees and sat watching folk passing by, voyeurs returned home.
Later, at precisely 5.00pm, time for Sundowners, in our petite marina the snapping of the ring pull on our beer cans echoed all around the houses as owners prepared to go home from their day aboard and we were left alone, the only live-aboards present.
The Pendennis Dock area, including the Yacht Village, was revamped a few years ago by entrepreneur Peter de Savery, who helped put Falmouth and Lands End firmly on the map of modern commercial intent. I met him 35 years ago to ask him if one of his boatmen, in a hefty work boat, could venture out of the estuary and tow in a friend of mine who had been trying to sail the world when, while anchored in the Falklands in the South Atlantic during a storm, his junk rig steel schooner had both its masts sawn clean through by the steel hawser on a barge that had been cast adrift. It was a bit of a publicity gimmick arranged by a newspaper, since Bob's arduous 3mph crawl up the Atlantic under jury rig aboard 'Glory' was nearly at an end anyway. But maybe it got him the publicity he needed to sell his story and fund the repairs, I don't know because we lost touch soon after.
We spent a relaxing evening aboard, ready now for the novel short journey the next morning to Zoonie's new berth, having had a good look at where she might be moored just off the harbour wall at the boatyard in historic Penryn.
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