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Holiday take 2 – Falmouth to Fowey

After a lazy morning we hauled up the anchor and set off for Fowey. I can’t recommend this anchorage enough. Smoke drifted across the shoreline from distant camp fires, and the silence was exactly what we needed after Falmouth. We anchored for free, we caught my dinner for free, it finally felt like Excalibur was...

Holiday take 2 – Channals Creek

One thing I haven’t talked about which deserves a mention, is how friendly everyone is down these parts. Falmouth Haven have been super helpful and really welcoming. Normally you need to leave your berth by 12pm, but here they just shrugged their shoulders and said “Ah it’s not busy today, there’s no rush”. I got a...

Holiday take 2 – Falmouth and Mylor

Catching up on sleep after our night motor was a delight, until at 8am there was a familiar bang on the boat. Our neighbour had spotted a wall used for drying out was empty, and was eager to get over there as fast as he could. I was eager for him too, but not at...

Holiday take 2 – Torquay to Falmouth

I think we both slept pretty soundly after our 15 hour day yesterday. Trina awoke questioning her passion for the sea. Something I’ve found myself doing many times after a hard slog. I’m not 100% sure why anyone would want to spend 14 hours in wind and rain, feeling sick, travelling at 5 miles an...

Holiday take 2 – Weymouth to…

Holiday time!! Friday Trussed up like a pack horse I headed to Weymouth, meeting up with Trina along the way for the start of our 10 day holiday. For anyone wishing to get dinner in Weymouth, be aware that hardly anyone serves food after 9pm! We eventually found solace in a tapas restaurant, god bless...

Anchoring in Mupe Bay

I’ve always wanted to check out Lulworth Cove ever since a work colleague (Struan) introduced me to a film called Nuts in May, which used the location in one of it’s scenes. The weather forecast for the weekend was a light westerly on Saturday and no wind come Sunday, so it seemed like a perfect...

Breaking news! Excalibur has left the Solent!

I headed down to Lymington on Friday night, and met Trina at The Angel & Blue Pig for rice and peas, and chicken in a big mushroom #poshfoodgonewrong Lymington has a distinct lack of taxis it transpired. On a Friday night in town we couldn’t get one single taxi, so had to navigate our way...

Noliday

As the title suggests, this was not  a successful holiday 🙁 grr Saturday evening I had to clear up my logistical mess from the previous weekend, and pick the car from Gosport and head to Chichester to pick up some bits from the boat and drop a few bits off. I met up with Paddy...

Fathers day sail

No surprises as to what this post is about. I haven’t managed to get dad out for a sail since I bought Excalibur, we’ve only motored up the Thames or motored in the rain around Beaulieu. This weekends forecast was sun and light winds. Perfect! I’ve been waiting for a day like this for a...

Chi shake down #2

Another weekend, this time a trip to Chichester and back. The weather was pretty blustery, and getting out of the berth was a close call as wind and tide were not working in our favour. Soon as we got far enough out into the Solent it was time to get the main up. I admit...