Speedwell of Rhu Ship's Log

22nd to 27th of August 2018 - Padstow

Crew : Andy and Helen
Destinations : Padstow Harbour.
Distance : 33 miles

Another early start saw us weighing anchor at 0720 as it got light. We had plenty of tide and time to get us to Padstow so decided to sail close to the coast and see the beautiful cliffs and coves of Poldark Fame, such as this beach belonging to George Warleggan, AKA Holywell beach. We have also walked the coast so every so often once of us called "we've been there".

 We had a Minke Whale appear just a few metres away and a large pod of dolphins came and played. We were also starting to see numerous Fulmar and Manx Shearwaters as well as the gannets and gulls. The wind was coming from behind so we didn't speed along, but were able to sail gently. Eventually we did need to motor around Trevose headland toward Padstow and Doom Bar at the entrance, We arrived a couple of hours before high water so had plenty of water to get us across the famous bar and along the channel to the harbour. The gate was open and the Harbour master was there to direct us to a large space on the harbour wall and help us tie up. He kindly lent us a couple of fender boards. The harbour walls were packed with families and young children fishing for crabs. They seemed oblivious to boats coming in and seemed quite upset when they had to give us the bollards for boats to tie up to. Eas Mhor had already been there for a day and they joined us on Speedwell for take away fish and chips.

   

We had a lovely time in Padstow, staying for longer than planned, partly due to the weather but also because we were enjoying the holiday atmosphere and lovely walks around the town with beautiful views over the Camel estuary. We treated ourselves to lunch at Stein's seafood restaurant and discovered a very nice tearooms at Prideaux Place. When the tide was in the beaches were great for swimming from.

   

On the bank holiday Sunday we were treated to a fantastic brass band from Camborne and then the Padstow lifeboat came in at high water to provide the pulpit for a church service, at which point we escaped back to the boat.

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